Approximately 37 million people struggle with sinusitis at some point in their lives. If you experience the facial pressure and pain associated with sinusitis, there are a few home remedies to relieve the discomfort.
Sinuses get dried out in cold weather, so steam is most effective to treat sinusitis symptoms during the winter months. Buying a vaporizer and even taking a hot shower can break up some of your congestion and relieve the symptoms.
Staying well hydrated is important to your health for many reasons, including keeping your sinusitis symptoms under control. Drinking a lot of water helps sinuses stay open, allowing for them to drain easily.
3. Salt Water Nasal Rinses
Buying a salt water nasal rinse kit or mixing your recipe at home can help rinse out your sinuses. Mix about 16 ounces of warm distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Use a syringe to flush your nasal cavities and clean out debris.
4. Avoid Household Irritants
All households contain items that can cause irritations. Because they contain fumes that irritate sinuses, avoiding cigarette smoke, harsh cleaning products and hairspray is beneficial.
What If Sinusitis Symptoms Get Worse?
These simple home remedies can help with minor sinusitis problems. However, if sinusitis pressure and symptoms continue to worsen, it’s important to see your physician for treatment. Some treatment options from your ENT include:
If none of these home remedies work, contact Dr. Ray Weiss in Biloxi, Mississippi for a balloon sinuplasty consultation.
Swimmer’s ear, also known as external otitis, is a bacterial infection of the outer ear canal. It’s typically caused by excessive water exposure from various activities, such as swimming, diving, surfing and other water sports.
Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear
Doctors usually separate swimmer’s ear in to mild, moderate and advanced stages.
Mild swimmer’s ear symptoms include:
- Itching in your ear canal
- Clear, odorless drainage
- Some redness in ear
Moderate swimmer’s ear symptoms include:
- Pus and more drainage
- Trouble hearing
- Swelling of the ear canal
- Pain in ear
Severe swimmer’s ear symptoms include:
- Swelling in the ear and lymph nodes
- Redness in the ear
- Blocked ear canal
Treating Swimmer’s Ear
ConsultTthe Sinuplasty Center of Excellence for information on treating swimmer’s ear.
Pediatric sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a child’s breathing becomes blocked as they sleep. Though people of any age can experience obstructive sleep apnea, it most commonly occurs in children ages two to six.
How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Different in Children?
Adults can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. However, there are some differences between how sleep apnea presents itself in adults versus children, including:
- Children usually only have partially blocked airways, which means they will not typically completely stop breathing.
- Children with sleep apnea wake up less often throughout the night than adults with sleep apnea.
- Children with obstructive sleep apnea can have a shorter attention span than children who don’t have the disorder.
What Causes Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are many causes for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. The most common is enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Having enlarged tonsils and adenoids may not cause breathing issues during the day, but because muscle tone is decreased during sleep, the airway becomes smaller, making the flow of air more difficult.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The following are the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea:
- Mouth Breathing
- Bed Wetting
- Restlessness During Sleep
- Frequent Infections in Ear and Throat
Properly treating pediatric obstructive sleep apnea depends largely on its cause.
Consult Doctor Ray Weiss to diagnose and treat the sleep disorder.
A recent poll of parents found that over 80% say they are concerned that misuse of personal audio technology is damaging the hearing of children. Hearing loss can result from too much exposure to sound from any source that is above 85 decibels. Many new technologies such as stereo systems, handheld listening devices and even televisions can produce sound well above the level to be able to cause damage.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be either a sudden or a gradual decrease in your ability to hear. Depending on the cause it can either be mild or severe and temporary or permanent. Many individuals who have hearing loss may not even realize it because it happens gradually over time.
How Do I know if I’m Experiencing Hearing Loss
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should contact a doctor. Common symptoms may include:
- Feeling as if your ear is plugged, similar to having water in your ear.
- Difficulty listening to things in your environment such as individuals speaking, a radio or television.
- If you notice that you tend to listen to the television or a stereo at a higher volume then you previously used to.
If these symptoms are left unchecked they can lead to more severe symptoms and conditions such as:
- Ringing of the ears, known as Tinnitus
- Any uncomfortable feelings from irritation to severe pain
- Symptoms of Vertigo (feelings as if your surroundings are spinning)
How to Prevent Hearing Loss
Follow these basic steps to avoid and damage to your ears:
- Avoid loud noises in your environment such as motorcycles, loud music, or industrial machines.
- When you cannot avoid loud noises in your environment, make sure to wear hearing protection.
- Lower the volume of what you listen to.
- Limit the amount of time that you spend listening to music or television.
- Wear headphones that go completely around or deep inside the ear in order to limit outside noise. By limiting outside sounds it will reduce the need to increase the volume of what you are listening to.
Everybody has dealt with the pain and discomfort caused by ear infections. Though ear infections are harmless a majority of the time, it’s important to have all the facts to properly diagnose and treat ear infections.
More often than not, ear infections affect the middle ear where the eusthachian tubes connect to the back of your nose to your ears. During an ear infection, these small tubes become blocked, causing a build-up in the middle of the ear.
What are the Symptoms of Ear Infections?
Some people may not have obvious symptoms when an ear infection occurs. However, the most common ear infection symptoms include:
- Ear Pain
- Muffled Hearing
- Ear Pressure
Treating Ear Infections
It’s vital to treat ear infections as soon as possible. If left untreated, it can lead to a more severe ear infection, permanent hearing loss and problems with speech development in children. Treatment options for ear infections include:
- Antibiotics (Most common treatment option)
- Pain medications
- Prescription ear drops
If you suspect you may have an ear infection, consult your physician.
If you deal with constant runny noses and congestion, you may have more than the common cold.
Nasal polyps are benign tumors that grow in your nasal passages. If the polyps grow large enough, they can cause blockages in your airways. They are often a side effect of another health condition like allergies or an infection. Though nasal polyps are possible in everyone, they most commonly form in people with:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Sinusitis (Chronic sinus infections)
- Cystic fibrosis
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are often ignored due to the fact that the symptoms are similar to the common cold. Symptoms often include:
- Sinus pressure
- Runny nose
- Decreased sensitivity to taste and smell
- Chronic sinus headaches
- Chronic nasal congestion
Can Nasal Polyps Be Treated?
Yes, nasal polyps can be treated with several different options, including nasal sprays, oral medications, nasal polyp surgery and antibiotics. Though these treatment options may decrease the effects of nasal polyps, polyps usually come back.
For more information about nasal polyps, consult your physician.
Swallowing is so simple to a majority of people. However, an estimated 15 million people in the United States suffer from Dysphagia, or trouble swallowing.
What are the Kinds of Dysphagia?
There are two kinds of Dysphagia:
Esophageal Dysphagia – Esophageal dysphagia is caused by the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach, being damaged. Common symptoms of esophageal dysphagia include:
Lack of interest in food
Pain in the chest after swallowing
Excessive coughing in the middle of the night
Nausea after swallowing
Oropharyngeal Dysphagia - Oropharyngeal dysphagia is caused by an abnormality affecting the throat or mouth. Symptoms of oropharyngeal dysphagia include:
Taking a long time to chew food
Getting food stuck in the throat often
Lack of interest in food
Difficulty breathing while eating
Frequent coughing while eating
Treatment Options for Dysphagia
Treatment options for dysphagia depend greatly on the type of dysphagia you are suffering from and what is causing the dysphagia. Common treatment options for dysphagia include:
Exercises for swallowing muscles. These often include retraining muscles to work together to help you swallow.
Changing your diet. Your doctor may give you specific foods you are able to eat that make swallowing easier.
Medicines. If your dysphagia is related to GERD or heartburn, your doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus.
If you believe you may have dysphagia, consult an ENT.
Everyone has gotten a headache at some point in their lives. However, do you know what kind of headache you’ve had? It’s important to get the proper diagnosis for sinus headaches so you can properly treat the problem.
Symptoms of a Sinus Headache
Sinus headaches are caused by a blockage of normal sinus drainage. The obstruction causes mucus to build up and get trapped in your sinuses. Some of the symptoms of a sinus headache are:
Pain and pressure in the front of your face
Pain and pressure behind your eyes
Sore throat due to mucus build up
These symptoms are often intensified by damp, cold weather if it’s a sinus headache.
Effective Treatments for Sinus Headaches
The most important thing to keep in mind when looking to treat sinus headaches is to figure out what is causing it. Is it caused by allergies? Congestion?
Treatment options can include:
Try a Nasal Spray – Nasal sprays can reduce swelling and relieve sinus congestion for sinus headaches that are caused by infection or allergies.
Antibiotics – If the sinus infection is caused by infection, antibiotics can treat the problem.
Sinus Surgery – There are sinus surgery options to open the blockage, therefore reducing the amount of sinus headaches.
If you think you suffer from sinus headaches, consult your ENT.
Eighty percent of people suffer from a misalignment of the nasal septum. However, most don’t even know it!
A deviated septum is a common condition where the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity are off center and/or crooked.
Symptoms of a Deviated Septum
So, how do you know if you have a deviated septum? The most common symptoms of a deviated septum include:
Nasal congestion, with one side being more congested than the other.
Recurrent sinus infections
Localized facial pain, typically occurring above the eyes
Snoring during sleep
What Causes a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum can occur for many reasons, the most common of which being impact trauma, such as a blow to the face. Other causes for a deviated septum include a congenital disorder and the bone shifting during puberty.
Treating a Deviated Septum
In some cases, deviated septum symptoms can be fixed with medications, such as decongestants and nasal sprays. However, more serious cases require a surgery, known as a septoplasty. A septoplasty is performed quickly and patients usually recover within two days to four weeks.
Consult your ENT doctor today for more information on fixing a deviated septum.
There are certain surgical procedures that may not be as invasive as others or they may have a shorter recovery time where you are up and walking around within hours. Often, these types of procedures are performed at an outpatient facility. These facilities specialize in certain types of procedures. When you use such a facility, you do not have to deal with overnight stays. Instead a few hours after your procedure, you are able to go home to recover in the comfort of your own bed.
Many people fear that the treatment they receive will not be as high in quality or the procedure could be more dangerous. However, this is not actually the case. If you have never been to an outpatient center or have never had treatment in one, there are some things you should know.
You Will Be Less Exposed to Infection
When you have a surgical procedure in a hospital facility, there is always a risk of infection no matter how careful the staff is and how clean the hospital is. There are many, many sick people in a hospital and one sneeze or cough could spread infection. However in an outpatient facility, things are quite different. Here only people that need certain procedures will be there and they will not be spreading those dangerous infections. You will be much safer from infection by having your procedure in one of these facilities.
More Attention and Less Crowding
In a hospital, the doctors, nurses, and techs must spread their attention in about 100 different directions – toward the patients already there, to new patients coming in through the emergency room, and to the families of the patients. Because of this, they are often busy and cannot give you as much attention as you would like. Additionally, you may have to wait hours to get certain tests and procedures you need during your stay. In an outpatient facility, there is no emergency room and no constant influx of patients. Your doctors and nurses will be able to spend much more time giving you direct attention during your stay.
You Will Not Be Moved from Place to Place
One of the best things about an outpatient facility is that you will not have to deal with the frustration of being moved from place to place for tests, your procedure as well as your recovery. In an outpatient facility, you have your procedure and recover all in the same place. This will make things much less of a hassle for you and you will not have to be moved until you are ready to go home.