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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
May 11, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Pain  
Sinus PainDealing with sinus pain and pressure? During certain times of the year, our otolaryngologist hears more and more people complaining about sinus infections. If you are currently battling with sinus pressure and pain that has you feeling exhausted, uncomfortable, and downright miserable, here are some ways to alleviate these symptoms.
 
Flush Out Bacteria

Many people who deal with sinus infections swear by the Neti pot, a simple device that allows you to irrigate and clean out the sinuses with saline solution. It’s a great way to remove allergens, bacteria, and other germs from the nasal passages, which could be contributing to inflammation, swelling, and sinus pain. Since this is a non-medicinal and conservative treatment option, you can safely use this every day to help flush out your sinuses and reduce pain and pressure.
 
Try a Decongestant Spray

There are a lot of nasal sprays on the markets these days that help to reduce inflammation, improve congestion, and even prevent the sinuses from drying out. Some nasal sprays should not be used for more than three consecutive days, so make sure to always read the instructions before you start using any medication, even over-the-counter drugs. If you find that you need to use a nasal spray more regularly, then you’ll want to talk with your ENT doctor about a more long-term solution.
 
Stay Hydrated

Did you know that around 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated? One of the best ways to flush out toxins and thin out mucus overall is to make sure that you are drinking enough water every day. It’s also best to limit or stay away from alcohol and caffeine, as these beverages can dehydrate you.
 
Get Your Beauty Sleep

When you are dealing with any kind of illness, even something as minor as a sinus infection, you must be giving your body the rest it needs to recuperate. This means taking time to get the sleep you need so that your body’s immune system is strong enough to fight the infection. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep due to sinus pain, you may want to try taking a warm, steamy shower and using your Neti pot before bedtime.
 
If sinus pain and pressure are severe, persistent, or long-lasting, you must talk with an ENT specialist who will be able to determine what’s causing your pain and how to best manage it. Since some of these sinus problems can be chronic, you must turn to a doctor who can provide you with the answers and care you need.
By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 29, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Could your child benefit from seeing an ENT doctor for treatment?

From ear infections to tonsillitis, there are many reasons why parents may bring their child in to visit our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology specialists at Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery. After all, they specialize in providing pediatric ear, nose, and throat care to children and teens throughout Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL. While some symptoms may easily be treated by a pediatrician, how do you know when to bring your child in to see our otolaryngology specialist?

My child has an ear infection. Do they need to see a doctor?

Most parents aren’t sure whether an ear infection warrants immediate medical attention or whether they should hold off. Most minor ear infections will go away on their own; however, you should monitor your child’s infection over the next 1-2 days. If symptoms get worse, then give us a call; however, you should seek immediate treatment from our ENT team if,

  • Your child has an ear infection and they are under six months old
  • Your child has a high fever (over 102.2 degrees F)
  • Your child is experiencing severe symptoms or signs of hearing loss
  • Your child’s symptoms are getting worse
  • Their symptoms last more than 2-3 days

Does my child need ear tubes?

If your child is getting regular ear infections, then it’s normal to weigh the pros and cons of getting ear tubes. Ear tubes are great for preventing future ear infections in your child, which also prevents them from taking antibiotics regularly; however, simply dealing with ear infections a couple of times a year doesn’t necessarily mean that your child needs ear tubes. You may want to consider ear tubes if ear infections are impacting your child’s hearing and there is a concern for developmental delays, or if your child is dealing with more than three ear infections in a six-month period.

When should I turn to a pediatric ENT doctor?

Most people assume that our team is only here to handle those chest coughs, runny noses, and ear infections; however, there are many reasons why families turn to our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology practice for care. We can prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and issues including,

  • Balance disorders
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Hearing impairments
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Facial deformities (e.g. cleft lip)
  • Nasal deformities and obstructions
  • Breathing challenges
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Sinus disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Vocal cord injuries

We can address any concerns or issues from the moment a baby is born and we can continue to provide care for them the rest of their lives. Want to learn more about the otolaryngology services we offer here in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL? Need to schedule an appointment for your little one? If so, call Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery at (708) 460-0007 today.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 09, 2021
Category: Plastic Surgery

Find out what facial plastic surgery options we offer our patients in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL.

Whether you are dealing with a crooked nose or a congenital condition such as a cleft lip, there are many reasons someone may be considering turning to our Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, doctors for facial plastic surgery. Surgery can help to reconstruct and improve the structure, function, and shape of the face, head, and neck. If you’re unhappy with your appearance, here are some ways our surgeons can help.

Rhinoplasty

Are you dealing with a crooked, misshapen, or hooked nose? Since it’s hard not to notice someone’s nose, you may feel embarrassed by your appearance or feel that your nose throws off the symmetry of your face. If so, you may be considering rhinoplasty, a surgery that alters the shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty can help restore proper proportions to the face by improving the contours and shape of the nose. It can even be used to correct large or upturned nostrils.

Brow Lift

As we age, we begin to notice sagging skin. One of the places where it may be most visible is the brow line. If drooping and sagging brows are making you look tired or even angry, a simple brow lift can help to smooth away wrinkles around the area, raise the brows and help you look younger. A brow lift may also be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to help refresh the eye and brow areas.

Facial Implants

Implants can be placed in the jaw, chin, or cheeks to help alter and improve the overall structure, shape, and contours of the face. These implants are made from biocompatible material to help augment these areas. If you have a poorly defined jaw, disproportionally small chin or you dream of having fuller cheeks, implants can help to craft these features and make them more distinct.

Blepharoplasty

If you are noticing drooping or sagging eyelids you may be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty. This eyelid surgery can be used to treat puffy and droopy eyelids, lower eyelids with excess wrinkles or skin, and even bags under the eyes. This procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid, or both. This can rejuvenate the eye area and help take years off your appearance.

If you want to discuss facial plastic surgery options with a qualified surgeon, we offer care to those living in and around Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL. To schedule a surgical consultation, call Century at (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 08, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Dizziness   Vertigo  
Vertigo and DizzinessAs kids, most of us loved putting out our arms and spinning and spinning until we fell dizzy. Of course, experiencing a spinning world around us when we are planted firmly on earth or aren’t on an amusement park ride, can feel incredibly scary. Welcome to the world of those with vertigo. Vertigo is a condition that makes you feel off-balance, lightheaded, and perhaps a bit disoriented. If this is happening to you here’s what you should know.

Vertigo and dizziness are different

Vertigo makes you feel as if you are moving even though you are standing still. The room around you may spin. You may feel nauseous, or you may even vomit if the vertigo is severe. Dizziness, on the other hand, occurs when you simply feel off-balance or lightheaded. Vertigo truly makes you feel as if you are spinning.

Vertigo is typically the result of a health problem

Vertigo is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that impacts the function of the inner ear. How do we know that? Within our inner ears lie our vestibular system, which helps us stay oriented and balanced. Every day, an ENT doctor diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions and diseases that impact the vestibular system and cause vertigo. Some of the most common causes of vertigo include,
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Head injuries
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Colds
Vertigo may be acute and simply go away on its own, while other causes will require treatment from an ear, nose, and throat doctor. If your vertigo is severe, is persistent, or is accompanied by hearing loss or vision changes, you must see your doctor immediately.

There are many ways to treat vertigo

It’s important for an ENT doctor to first determine the cause of your vertigo before prescribing any medications or treatments. We need to treat the underlying cause effectively to get rid of your vertigo. Some of how we may treat your vertigo include,
  • Medications: Antibiotics or steroids are prescribed to treat infections or inflammation, while other medications may help alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by the vertigo
  • Vestibular rehabilitation: If you deal with chronic or recurring bouts of vertigo your ENT may recommend vestibular rehab to help retrain the vestibular system to be able to better recognize the spatial orientation
  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers: This technique is most often used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and uses certain head movements to reposition calcium deposits within the canal of the inner ear
If vertigo or dizziness is happening to you or a loved one, an ENT doctor may be the perfect doctor to turn to for answers and an evaluation. Don’t ignore your symptoms of lightheadedness and dizziness. An ENT professional can help.
By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
March 10, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Postnasal Drip  
Postnasal DripWe’ve all experienced it: that nasty feeling when mucus drains down your throat. This problem is known as postnasal drip and it can also kick-up a variety of other unpleasant symptoms. While our throat and nasal passages are always producing mucus to protect against foreign invaders and to fight infections, sometimes the body produces too much mucus, which results in postnasal drip. Find out what causes postnasal drip and how an ENT doctor can help you manage this unpleasant symptom.

What are the signs of postnasal drip?

Along with extra mucus draining from the nose into the back of your throat, other signs of postnasal drip include:
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent cough, often worse at night
  • A need to constantly clear your throat
  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Painful ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Bad breath
  • Nausea (due to mucus going into the stomach)
What causes postnasal drip?

So, what is triggering all that unwanted and excess mucus that’s now draining down your throat? There are a few possible reasons such as:
  • A cold or flu
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Dry, cold air
  • Changes in weather
  • Deviated septum (a common malformation in the nasal wall that separates the two cavities)
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications (e.g., blood pressure medication; birth control)
  • Chemicals and environmental irritants (e.g., perfumes; smoke)
How is postnasal drip treated?

At-home care and over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines may alleviate your postnasal drip, especially if it is caused by allergies. Saline nasal sprays and neti pots can also provide moisture to the nasal passages. Sleep with your head slightly propped up and make sure that you are staying hydrated throughout the day.

If you’re dealing with recurring postnasal drip, postnasal drip that lasts more than 10 days, or postnasal drip that’s accompanied by fever or green discharge (signs of a bacterial infection), you must turn to an ENT doctor for the appropriate medication and treatment. If a bacterial infection is present, your ENT will prescribe a round of antibiotics. Structural issues such as a deviated septum can only be corrected through surgery.

If other conditions such as acid reflux could be to blame, a doctor can run the right diagnostic tests to determine the cause and to provide you with a custom treatment plan to get your postnasal drip in check.




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