Because the ear, nose and throat are all connected, a problem in one can result in a number of different problems in the other two. As ENT physicians, we can properly diagnose a problem and are highly skilled and experienced in the treatment of any disorders and the related problems that result with the ear, nose and throat. There are many problems that can arise in the ear, nose and throat area. These are among those most seen by our ENT physicians.
- Sinusitis is probably the most common ENT disorder and entails the congestion of the nasal passages accompanied by sneezing, headaches, and postnasal drip and a runny nose.
- Ear infection involves dull pain accompanied by loss of hearing, balance and a fluid discharge. This can usually be resolved with over-the-counter medication.
- Inner ear infection usually comes with a sensation of increased pressure in the ear with some pain. It’s usually caused by a fungal infection in the inner ear canal.
- Swimmer’s ear patients likely will experience pain while chewing. This is accompanied by swollen lymph nodes. The patient also will feel great pain if their earlobe is tugged or pulled. Swimmer’s ear can be remedied with over-the-counter medication.
- Strep throat comes with fever, fatigue and extreme difficulty in swallowing. In addition, a sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes is associated with strep throat. A doctor will prescribe an antibiotic and a throat analgesic to treat strep throat.
- Tonsillitis involves a severe sore throat as well as fever, chills and trouble swallowing. Tonsillitis may even require surgery.
Types of ENT infections
- Viral: impacts more than one part of the body and cannot be cured with an antibiotic regimen.
- Bacterial: infections are usually localized, impacting only one side of the throat, and occur when the area is damaged or bruised in some way.
- Environmental: generally due to dampness (an example is swimmer’s ear). An infection can occur if the ear canal is not kept clean and dry.
- Fungal: this is the worst of the infection types and immediate medical attention should be sought. Delaying treatment can worsen the problem since fungi grows and develops at a rapid pace.
Treat at home?
If you have an ENT problem don’t rely on home remedies to solve your issue. Consult with one of our highly trained physicians so that you are properly diagnosed. Once you are accurately diagnosed, you will then be able to be treated by our ear, nose and throat physicians.
Call Northeast Georgia ENT at (770) 536-4352 for more information or to schedule an appointment.