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By Wake Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
June 23, 2017
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: Allergy  

Your watery eyes itch. Your nose is running, and your throat feels scratchy. Do you have a cold? No, these are symptoms of your seasonalAllergy allergies in Cary, NC. How can you feel better? Dr. Pankaj Gupta, board-certified otolaryngologist, suggests several common strategies which reduce the unpleasantness of allergies.

What are your triggers?

Common allergy triggers--things or environmental conditions which instigate symptoms--are dust mites, pollen, wood smoke, mold and animal dander. Many individuals experience sensitivities to certain foods, medications, and fabrics as well.

While Dr. Gupta recommends you seek testing and treatment (shot therapy, sublingual drop therapy or over the counter medication) for more severe symptoms, less problematic allergies can be dealt with using simple lifestyle changes. These changes are especially helpful with seasonal allergies--those sensitivities which happen as winter changes to spring, summer changes to fall and so on.

So know your triggers, and plan to control them as they enter your environment or you enter theirs.

Simple preventives in Cary

There are many things you can do daily which help mitigate allergy discomforts. Just think about them, apply them intentionally and routinely, and you'll experience less intense symptoms. Here are some great examples from Dr. Gupta and from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology:

  1. Leave your shoes by the door. You'll keep your floors clean and track far less tree and grass pollen into the house.
  2. Wipe your dog down with a damp washcloth after a walk. This removes the pollen and road dust your pet inevitably picks up on his or her coat. Regarding cats, keep them inside if at all possible.
  3. Take a shower after you have been working or working out (jogging, walking, biking) outdoors. You, too, drag pollen into your home. The steam from your shower also opens your nasal passages and airway for better breathing.
  4. Reduce the humidity in your home with a dehumidifier. Less than 60 percent is ideal so mold growth is inhibited.
  5. Wear sunglasses to keep pollen from entering your eyes, and stay indoors if possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when pollen is at its highest.
  6. In warm weather, close up the house and car, and use your air conditioning. Keep your HVAC units clean, and invest in HEPA filters to reduce the dust, animal dander, pollen, mold and other airborne particulates. Buy an allergen-reducing vacuum cleaner, and keep your floors and furniture clean.
  7. Wear long-sleeves and pants when working in dusty or pollen-filled environments.
  8. Check your local TV and radio news for area pollen counts during peak seasons. Also, there are many allergy alert apps for your smartphone, tablet or other mobile devices which can keep you informed on current trigger levels in your area.

You can feel better

Get relief from your allergies in Cary, NC. Contact Wake Ear, Nose And Throat Specialists for more information or a one on one consultation with Dr. Gupta. Call (919) 851-5636.

By Wake Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
April 20, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sore Throat  

While often a condition which resolves itself within a few days, a sore throat can sometimes be the sign of other underlying conditions. sore throatHowever, learning how to spot signs that you should consult with your doctor while experiencing a sore throat can help you catch conditions early and get the treatment you need. Learn more about sore throats and their causes with Dr. Pankaj Gupta at Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC.

What causes a sore throat? 
Some cases of sore throats come from simply singing along too loudly to your favorite song. However, there are other, more serious causes which are important to recognize early, including:

  • Viral Infections: From the common cold to mononucleosis, a viral infection is the most common cause of a sore throat. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics.
  • Bacterial Infections: Bacterial infections can cause conditions like tonsillitis and strep throat and are often treated with antibiotics.
  • Trauma or Injury: Swallowing a too-big piece of food or other injuries to the throat can cause pain and discomfort.
  • Toxins: Toxins or irritants can cause a sore throat. Smoking cigarettes, pollution, and medical conditions like allergies fall into this category.

When should I see my doctor about my sore throat? 
If you have a sore throat, it may clear up on its own with some simple at-home treatments like gargling with warm salt water, stopping smoking, letting your voice rest, or drinking warm fluids like tea. However, if you experience a sore throat which lasts more than a few days or is accompanied by a fever or rash, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. You should also see your doctor if your sore throat keeps you up at night, blocks your airway making it difficult to breathe, or is very severe.

Sore Throat Treatments in Cary, NC
Treatments for a sore throat depends greatly on the underlying cause of the condition. For example, if a bacterial infection causes your sore throat, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to clear it up. However, if a condition like tonsillitis, caused by a viral infection which does not respond to antibiotics, causes repeated sore throat attacks, you may require a surgery to remove the tonsils called a tonsillectomy. Consult with your doctor for the best treatment plan for your sore throat.

For more information on sore throats, please contact Dr. Pankaj Gupta at Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC. Call (919) 851-5636 to schedule your appointment with your doctor today!

By Wake Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
February 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis  

If you can’t get your sinus infection under control, our ENT doctors in Cary, NC, may be able to help.sinusitis

While most people will deal with a sinus infection at some point in their lifetime, in most cases this condition will go away with simple at-home treatments. However, if your sinus infection feels like it’s been going on forever and nothing seems to be getting rid of your symptoms, it’s time you turned to our Cary, NC, otolaryngologist, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, for treatment.

So, what exactly is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is just another way of saying that you have a sinus infection. A sinus infection occurs when the nasal passages become inflamed or begin to swell. If the swelling becomes too severe it can lead to blockages in the sinus cavities or cause a buildup of mucus. As a result, the germs that stay trapped in the nose can lead to a sinus infection.

What causes sinusitis?

This condition may be the result of a cold, allergies, nasal polyps or a deviated septum.

Are there different kinds of sinusitis?

A sinus infection may be acute, subacute, chronic or recurrent. In the majority of cases, sinusitis is acute, meaning that symptoms only last between two to four weeks. Those with subacute infections will deal with symptoms that last between four to 12 weeks. If you have a chronic form of sinusitis then symptoms could go on for 12 weeks or more. If you have recurrent sinusitis it means that the infection may come and go several times throughout the year.

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

If you have an acute form, you may deal with facial pressure, a stuffy or runny nose, nasal congestion or cough. Bad breath, fever and dental pain can also occur in those with acute sinusitis.

If you have chronic sinusitis, you may also have thick, green postnasal drip that is accompanied by congestion and/or facial pain. Our doctors may also detect pus in the blocked or inflamed sinus cavity.

How is this condition treated?

If you have an acute sinus infection simple over-the-counter decongestants will usually do the trick to help ease your symptoms while your body fights the infection. In some cases, we may prescribe a round of antibiotics.

We will also provide you with a list of simple at-home measures like warm compresses or nasal sprays that can also manage your symptoms.

Those with severe, chronic or recurrent forms of sinusitis that don’t seem to respond to conservative treatments or medication may have to consider endoscopic surgery to treat the blockage.

Don’t let facial pressure and nasal congestion be common issues. Turn to Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC, to get the relief you need. Let’s talk about your options and see whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you.

By Wake Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
January 03, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Don’t let winter allergies get you down this holiday season.

You want to enjoy the holiday lights and the time with family, not worry about itchy, watery eyes, chest congestion and breathing issues. allergiesOur Cary, NC otolaryngologist, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, offer up some helpful tips for how to protect yourself from winter allergies so that you can enjoy all that the season has to offer.

While the cold weather and snow might not conjure up images of allergies they are still alive and well for some people. Think about it: with fireplaces going, indoor heating systems running at full speed, Christmas trees and other floral decorations in the house and poor holiday diets, all of these situations can seriously impact your asthma and allergies. Wintertime is when indoor allergens can wreak the most havoc.

Before bringing a Christmas tree inside the house wash it outside and leave it to dry. Once it is thoroughly dry, bring it in the house. This step alone tends to help a lot of people who suffer from pollen allergies.

With regards to heating: if you have a fireplace make sure it is always properly ventilated. Have a professional come to the home and make sure that everything is working as it should. When it comes to running central heat, all the pet dander and dust that it kicks up could also be exacerbating your allergy symptoms.

Some people may be able to turn off their central heat and opt for space heaters to prevent allergens from circulating around the house. Of course, if replacing the central heat with space heaters just isn’t enough warmth, then you may want to try adding humidifiers to your home to introduce moisture back into the air and prevent bloody noses, dried out sinus passages and sore throats. If you are experiencing severe allergy symptoms you need to visit our Cary ENT doctors as soon as possible.

It may also seem hard to believe but what you eat can also impact your allergies. Certain foods like wheat, dairy or sugar can make the body’s inflammatory response worse. Those with asthma may find that foods that contain nitrates and preservatives can make their symptoms worse. These inflammatory foods can run down your immune system and lead to illness. Therefore, maybe forgo that Christmas cookie or the second helping of eggnog.

If your allergy symptoms are affecting your quality of life, then turn to Wake Ear Nose and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC to get the relief you deserve. Don’t let allergies stand in your way!

By Wake Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
October 28, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

If you suffer from chronic sinus issues, you may have found medication regimens to be ineffective. It may seem as though a solution is balloon sinuplastyimpossible to reach. Balloon sinuplasty, a procedure offered at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC, is a revolutionary alternative to sinus surgery that offers the same type of relief in less time with less discomfort for patients with chronic sinusitis. You can learn more about how Dr. Pankaj Gupta performs balloon sinuplasty (abbreviated to BSP) here:

What is BSP?

Chronic sinusitis is due to ongoing inflammation of the sinuses in and around the nose. Balloon sinuplasty, performed by your Cary ENT physician, is a procedure that opens the sinuses through the use of a thin, flexible catheter that inflates and expands the sinus passages, then flushes out the blocked sinus cavities with saline. There are no incisions or overnight hospital stay required, and most patients return to normal activity within 48 hours.

Effectiveness of BSP

A study showed that 95% of people who received balloon sinuplasty reported improved symptoms at nine months after their procedure. Another study found most patients were still experiencing relief from their sinusitis symptoms after two years.

BSP safety

Balloon sinuplasty has been approved by the FDA for over a decade, with almost 400,000 patients having received it in that time. Not all physicians can perform this procedure, but Dr. Gupta has gone through the necessary training to become certified in BSP.

If you'd like to learn more about how balloon sinuplasty can relieve your sinusitis symptoms, contact Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC for an evaluation!

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