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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 27, 2022
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: ENT Services   Pediatric ENT  

If your child is suffering from conditions of the ear, nose, or throat, Dr. Silvio Marra offers pediatric ENT services in Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park serving the Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, areas.

What Is Pediatric ENT?

Pediatric ENT is a field of practice that focuses on addressing conditions involving a child’s ears, nose, and throats. This is a specialized field as children’s biological structures are different from adults. Therefore, pediatric ENT specialists must train specifically on how to address children’s systems.

How Can Pediatric ENT Services Help My Child?

Dr. Marra treats many pediatric ENT conditions. However, some of the most common include ear and hearing problems, speech issues, language difficulties, trouble in the nasal or sinus areas, breathing problems, and chronic infections of the tonsils.

Perhaps the most common conditions treated with pediatric ENT care are allergies and ear infections. However, children who tend to snore or have sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea, also benefit from Dr. Marra’s care.

The specific ways in which Dr. Marra can help your child will depend on their condition and any concerns you set forth. Many conditions can be treated with prescription medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, and antibiotics. Some issues, such as hearing problems, might require the use of a device, like a hearing aid.

Surgery is also a possibility with some conditions. However, it will be saved as a last resort – only to be undertaken if other treatment options will not provide the desired results. Dr. Marra will discuss all potential treatment methods with you so that you can make an informed decision regarding your child’s health.

If your child is suffering from any problems in or around the ears, nose, or throat, it’s time to seek the help of pediatric ENT services. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Marra at (708) 460-0007. He is proud to provide these services to Oak Lawn, Lemont, and Orland Park serving the Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, areas.


By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 06, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Sinus InfectionDealing with a sinus infection? Dealing with them rather frequently? Feel like you’re constantly battling a sinus infection? If so, an ENT doctor can provide you with the appropriate treatment options, regardless of whether you are dealing with an acute or chronic infection. Here’s what you should know about treating your sinus infection,

You May Be Able to Treat it Yourself

If you are dealing with acute sinusitis you may be able to manage your symptoms on your own with saline nasal sprays, over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants. If your sinus infection is due to allergies, you may be able to make simple lifestyle changes that can improve your allergies, which in turn can improve your infection. Other at-home sinusitis treatment options include,

  • Drinking lots of water to flush out toxins
  • Using a humidifier in your bedroom
  • Applying warm compresses to the face
  • Using a neti pot to flush out bacteria and germs from the sinuses
  • Getting lots of rest
  • Stocking up on vitamin C
So, when is it time to turn to an ENT expert for your sinus problems? It’s time to turn to a specialist if,
  • You aren’t sure if your symptoms are due to a sinus infection or something else
  • Your symptoms are accompanied by a fever that lasts more than 3 days
  • Your symptoms persist for more than 10 days
  • Your symptoms are getting worse
  • Your symptoms return
There isn’t a Single Way to Treat Sinus Infections

First and foremost, we need to determine what’s causing your infection and whether you’re dealing with an acute or chronic case. Acute cases may be treated with prescription-strength steroid and nasal sprays or oral allergy medications, while chronic sinusitis may require more intensive treatments. Chronic sinus infections may be caused by nasal polyps, a deviated septum or allergies, and it’s important to figure out the cause before we create a treatment plan. Chronic sinusitis is often treated with,
  • Nasal, oral or injectable corticosteroids
  • Medications used to shrink nasal polyps
  • Immunotherapy (aka allergy shots)
  • Balloon sinuplasty, a procedure that opens up blocked sinuses (an alternative to sinus surgery)
  • Sinus surgery
If you are dealing with a sinus infection that isn’t getting better and isn’t responding to at-home care then a call to your ENT doctor may be the best approach. An ENT doctor can determine the best strategies for managing and treating any sinus problems.