As if the common cold or flu were not bad enough, it can quickly sweep through a school or household and make everyone feel under the weather. Conditions like these can agitate the airways, causing conditions like sinusitis. Unfortunately, sinusitis often becomes chronic, causing a heap of other problems. Find out more about sinusitis, when it becomes chronic, and what you and your doctor can do about it with your ear, nose, and throat doctor at Augusta Ear, Nose, and Throat with locations in Augusta, Evans, and Thomson, GA, and Aiken, SC.
What is chronic sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a condition that occurs when the sinuses become inflamed, irritated, and swollen. Since the passageways are more narrow than they normally are, mucus builds up, unable to pass through the sinuses on its normal route. Sinusitis becomes chronic when it lasts for over 12 weeks. In addition to lasting a significant amount of time, chronic sinusitis will also resist normal treatments for sinusitis.
What causes sinusitis?
Many causes of sinusitis come from simple illnesses that do not affect everyone the same. For some people, nasal polyps growing in the sinus may trigger sinusitis. In others, viruses affecting the respiratory system cause sinusitis. Allergies and tooth infections can also trigger this condition. When sinusitis resists traditional treatment and sticks around for longer than 12 weeks, it becomes chronic.
Chronic Sinusitis Treatments in Augusta, Evans, Thomson, and Aiken
Treating chronic sinusitis will vary patient to patient. Your doctor will take into account your symptoms, imaging techniques like x-rays, and your medical and family history at an appointment for a physical examination. This visit will allow your doctor to assess your symptoms, talk about what you have experienced, and help you determine the best treatment plan for you. Some patients can benefit from simple medications while others may require treatments like a balloon sinuplasty to drain the sinuses.
For more information on chronic sinusitis, please contact Augusta Ear, Nose, and Throat with locations in Augusta, Evans, Thomson, GA, and Aiken, SC. Call (706) 868-5676 to schedule your appointment in Augusta, Evans, or Thomson, or (803) 649-0003 to schedule your appointment in Aiken today!
Even those with sleep apnea can get restorative sleep.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can really affect not only your quality of sleep but also how you feel throughout the day. Even if you get a full night’s rest you wake up feeling extremely groggy. You may have to drag yourself out of bed. You feel like there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get you through the day. This is a day in the life of someone with sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed with sleep by one of our Augusta, GA, otolaryngologists, discover the best treatment options to help you get your beauty sleep.
Once you’ve visited a doctor for a proper diagnosis here are just some of the ways we will help you address your sleep apnea symptoms for the long term:
Maybe you didn’t realize that certain habits or health factors could make your sleep apnea symptoms worse. One of the best things you can do is maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese it’s important that you find ways to reduce your weight to take pressure off the airways of the throat.
Also, it’s important to avoid alcohol, which can cause the muscles in the throat to relax too much and lead to obstructions while you sleep.
CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a special device that delivers continuous air through a facemask. The facemask is worn while you are asleep and provides just enough pressure to keep the airways open and unobstructed throughout the night. This is the most common treatment option for the management of sleep apnea. There are many different styles and types of CPAP equipment and our Augusta, GA, ENT doctors will be able to help you determine which one is right for you when you come in for a consultation.
An Oral Device
If you are only dealing with minor or moderate sleep apnea and snoring then you may be able to manage your symptoms with a simple, customized oral device alone. This device is custom-made to fit your mouth and will work in either two ways: to prevent the tongue from obstructing your airways or by repositioning the jaws forward. When you come into our office for your appointment we will be able to determine if this simple device is all you need.
If you are looking for a way to treat your sleep apnea then it’s time to turn to the ENT specialists at Augusta Ear, Nose and Throat. They offer convenient locations in Augusta, and Evans, GA, and Aiken, SC. Find out how we can help you get the sleep you need.
Food and environmental pollutants like mold and pollen are among the most common allergy triggers in children and adults. There are many other allergens that can cause a range of symptoms, from a runny nose and difficulty breathing to rashes and hives. The otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) at Augusta ENT in Augusta, Evans and Aiken Georgia offer comprehensive allergy testing and treatment for children and adults.
Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment in Augusta, Evans and Aiken, GA
Many common allergies develop and are diagnosed in childhood, but adults are also susceptible at any age (known as adult onset allergies). The main allergen categories include:
- Indoor/outdoor seasonal and environmental
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 30 percent of American adults and 40 percent of children report suffering from one or more allergies. Allergy symptoms vary depending on factors like the type of allergen, and the severity of the reaction. For example, if your eyes get watery and itchy and you find yourself sneezing uncontrollably every time you vacuum the house or clean the yard, you may be suffering from an undiagnosed dust, mold or pollen allergy. If your throat and palette feel itchy when you are in the same room as a cat, you may be allergic to animal dander (or a pollutant that your dog or cat picked up and tracked back into the house if it spends time outdoors).
Common allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy, red and watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Hives/skin rash
- Breathing difficulties
Allergies to drugs like penicillin, food allergies (shellfish and peanuts are the most common), and wasp or bee stings can be serious and potentially life-threatening. Seek immediate medical treatment if you experience severe symptoms like hives, rash, low blood pressure, or difficulty breathing after coming into contact with a potential allergen.
Find an Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor in Augusta, Evans and Aiken, GA
If you have been diagnosed or are experiencing symptoms of seasonal, food, or other types of allergies, contact our office in Augusta, Evans and Aiken, GA, to schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist today.
Ear infections are a painful, irritating condition which can quickly slow you down. However, knowing what to do if you find yourself with an ear infection could help you identify the problem quickly, so your doctor can help you with diagnosing and treating the issue before it becomes a more complex condition. Find out more about ear infections and how to deal with them with Augusta Ear, Nose and Throat with offices in Augusta, Evans and Thompson, GA, and Aiken, SC.
What causes an ear infection?
Ear infections occur due to the Eustachian tube, which lies inside of the ear’s canal, becoming inflamed, swollen or blocked or when fluid builds up inside the ear. Some common causes for ear infections include sinus infections, using tobacco, having excess mucus buildup, the common cold and allergies. Those who undergo sudden altitude or climate changes are at risk for ear infections, as well as children who use pacifiers.
Do I have an ear infection?
An ear infection often occurs alongside another illness like a cold or the flu. You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- pain inside the ear
- hearing loss
- ear drainage which may resemble pus
- pressure within the ear
- fussiness or ear-grabbing in infants
Ear infections often come and go, but can become chronic, especially in children.
Ear Infection Treatments in Augusta, Evans, Thompson and Aiken
Treating an ear infection is often dependent on the cause of the ear infection itself. Your doctor will diagnose the ear infection by looking inside the ear for abnormalities like fluid buildup, draining fluids or damage to the eardrum. Treatment may begin conservatively with over-the-counter medications or ear drops and applying a warm compress to the ear. However, if these treatments fail, your doctor may suggest prescription medications or antibiotics. For those suffering from frequent ear infections, tubes placed within the ears to promote the flow of fluids can also help.
For more information on ear infections or their treatments, please contact your doctor at Augusta Ear, Nose, and Throat at one of their offices in Augusta, Evans and Thompson, GA, and Aiken, SC. Call (706) 868-5676 to schedule your appointment at one of the Georgia offices or (803) 649-0003 to schedule your appointment at the South Carolina office today!
Chronic sinusitis - ongoing sinus infection - is a problem that affects 1 in 7 American adults, according to the CDC. This makes sinus-related problems one of the chief complaints from patients at Augusta Ear Nose and Throat in Aiken, Evans, Thomas and Augusta, GA. Our team of otolaryngologists have identified a few of the main causes behind sinus problems here.
If the passages from the nose to the sinuses are blocked, it may lead to chronic sinus problems. Nasal polyps are commonly treated by your ENT as a cause for sinusitis. This small, soft tissue growths are painless and benign, and many people aren't aware of their presence, but larger polyps may prevent normal sinus drainage. Oral steroids like prednisone or a nasal spray containing steroids can help to shrink the polyps and reduce sinusitis symptoms. For extreme cases, surgery to remove the polyps may be the most effective option.
If the septum - the middle portion of the nose that divides the nostrils - is severely crooked, it can also block breathing and sinus drainage. Some people are born with this imbalance, while others acquire it from an injury. Your Aiken, Evans, Thomas and Augusta ENT will do a thorough evaluation of the structure of your nose to determine if a deviated septum is causing your sinus problems. Surgery to reduce the cartilage and tissue on the crooked side of the septum yields excellent results.
The sneezing, irritated eyes and itching nose associated with allergies affects many people worldwide. But the inflammation that happens inside the sinuses may be making your allergies even worse. By discussing your medical history with your ENT, you may discover that the allergies you've been dealing with for most of your life are the main cause of your sinus problems. There are many different kinds of medication and nasal sprays to combat allergies; avoiding triggers like dust, animal dander or mold may also help prevent flare-ups.
There are other causes of sinusitis, including immune-related conditions and exposure to pollution. If you have sinus problems, we at Augusta Ear Nose and Throat can help you uncover the cause behind them. Contact the office that's most convenient for you - Augusta, Evans, Thomson or Aiken, GA - to find relief from your sinus problems!
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