Ear infections happen all the time with young kids, but diagnosing the problem can be–well, a problem. When the ears are infected the eustachian tubes become inflamed and swollen. The adenoids can also become infected. The infections are usually painful.
Small children will probably have a difficult time articulating what they are feeling. So how can you tell if your child might be suffering from an ear infection?
Here are a few signs your child might exhibit you if he or she has an ear infection:
- Does she tug or pull at her ears?
- Does he cry more than usual?
- Do you see fluid draining out of her ears?
- Does he have trouble sleeping?
- Can she keep her balance?
- Does he have trouble hearing?
- Does she seem not to respond to quiet sounds?
A child with an ear infection may show you any of these signs. If you see any of them, call your Atlanta doctor.
If your child is prescribed medicine, be sure to give administer all of the medicine. Make sure it is given at the right times. If your doctor asks you to bring your child back for a recheck, do it on schedule. Your doctor wants to know if the ears are clear of fluid and if the infection has stopped. Write down and ask the doctor any questions you have before you leave his or her office.
To schedule an appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, please call 770-406-6587 if you are in the Atlanta area, including East Cobb, and Buckhead.
What is that thing they put up my nose?
“That thing” is called a nasal endoscope, the procedure titled “nasal endoscopy”. Just think of it as our eyes to see what’s going on past the most anterior part of your nose. When you come in, we always start with a basic exam of your ears, nose, and throat. When we need more information, we use the endoscope. The endoscope has a camera lens with a fiberoptic light attached that slides into your nose and sometimes, all the way down to your vocal cords (otherwise known as a laryngoscopy). On occasion, we’ll try to empirically treat you without our “eyes”. That can work but is essentially what you’re doing when you go to your Primary Care Provider. We want to expedite your healing and diagnose you as quickly and accurately as possible. Our endoscope is a tool in our toolbox to do that, and a nasal endoscopy is needed to make you healthy!
So if for example, the reason for your visit is sinus pressure or drainage, we need to have eyes into your nasal passage to evaluate causes of your symptoms: Is it infectious? Is it inflammatory? Could it be related to allergies? Is there anatomic obstruction, masses, polyps? Sometimes, you will come in with ear fullness and we’ll use the endoscope to visualize the back of the nose/top of your throat (nasopharynx) where the Eustachian tube orifice lies. Many times this opening is blocked from drainage, obstruction, infection and causes your ears to pop, feel full, or even give way to ear infections. By using the endoscope, we can see directly to that site which helps us to narrow down the possibilities and remove the guesswork.
You may notice a “surgical procedure” documented on your bill- that is your insurance company documenting our tools as a procedure.
To schedule an appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, please call 770-406-6587.
Can an ENT doctor help me?
Most people ask this question regularly, because a good portion of the population is not quite sure what an ENT doctor is or what one can do. That is perfectly fine! ENT stands for ear, nose and throat, and ENT doctors are also referred to as otolaryngologists. While this might seem like a scary word, it makes perfect sense if you break down the Latin.
logy- The study of
(See! That wasn’t so bad.)
We will take the time to explore the more common reasons patients go see an ENT specialist, and we will also look into more obscure territories.
- The Ear: You would see an ENT doctor if you have hearing loss, hearing impairments (such as tinnitus), ear infections, and also hearing issues since birth. ENT doctors also remove excess earwax build-up, which is a dirty job but someone has got to do it.
- The Nose: The most common nose-related issues that ENT doctors are seen for are sinus related. Most people do not realize that ENT doctors are the sinus experts of the medical field, and they are most likely not getting the expert help they need from general practitioners. ENT doctors also perform cutting-edge procedures to cure sinus conditions; from sinus surgery to balloon sinuplasty, an ENT doctor can improve the lives of sinus sufferers. ENT practices also are known for treating allergy issues. The ENT Institute for instance has in-office allergy testing, and also has many options for allergy treatments that can be picked up right at the office.
- The Throat: Disorders that affect speech, singing, eating, swallowing, and digestion can also be investigated by an ENT doctor. While it might not be common knowledge, many famous singers have an ENT doctor on speed-dial to help them with their vocal issues when they arise. A more common reason for visiting an ENT doctor is when you are suffering from acid reflux or GERD.
- Some conditions of the head and neck: ENT doctors can also take care of diseases, tumors, and trauma of the head, neck, and face. Some ENT doctors are even trained to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in these areas.
We hope this helps clear up what an ENT doctor actually does, and also shows that ENT doctors do not get the credit they deserve. Hopefully, next time you have to make a medical decision, you will know when seeing an ENT doctor is the right call.
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