Posts for: February, 2016
People living in the Cary, N.C. area who suffer from allergies probably ask themselves how they can protect themselves from those annoying and occasionally debilitating symptoms – the runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and other discomforts.
First, one needs to know what causes those reactions. If you suffer from these symptoms, an ear, nose, and throat doctor can help you determine the source of your miseries. From there, you can work on strategies to protect yourself from allergies. The staff at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists are here to offer advice on how to help you protect yourself from allergies.
While each person’s situation is unique, there are some general actions anyone can take to help protect themselves from allergies.
- Avoid triggers – whether it’s a food allergy, a reaction to certain types of tree or plant pollen, molds, or dust mites, one should actively try to avoid or remove those things that trigger your allergies. For example, if you are allergic to certain plant pollens, such as ragweed, try to avoid going outdoors during high pollen periods. You can stay indoors with doors and windows shut.
- Keep a diary – Doctors suggest keeping a medical diary to try to track those things that cause or exacerbate allergy problems. Tracking what you do at what time when allergy symptoms seem to present and what seems to help alleviate them can go a long way in helping you and your doctor figure out what triggers your symptoms.
- Wear a medical I.D. bracelet – If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction, having an ID bracelet will help people understand what might have happened if you have a severe reaction and are unable to communicate.
If you live in the Cary, N.C. area and you are seeking information as to how best to protect yourself this allergy season consider contacting Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists. For more information call 919-851-5636 or visit the website at www.wakeent.com
While it’s fairly common for people to experience an acute sinus infection every once in a while there are some people who deal with a more persistent form known as chronic sinusitis. This causes the nasal cavities that surround the sinuses to become inflamed. This inflammation becomes so severe that it affects drainage and causes mucus to build up. For sinusitis to be considered chronic symptoms must be present for at least eight weeks despite using standard and effective treatments to eliminate the condition. Learn more about chronic sinusitis from your ENTs in Cary, NC.
The Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
If you’ve ever had acute sinusitis then the symptoms you experience with a chronic infection are often the same. You must be experiencing at least two symptoms in order to be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis:
- Nasal congestion that makes it difficult to breathe through the nose
- A decreased sense of taste or smell
- Facial pain or swelling
- Drainage is thick and either yellow or green
You may also experience these other symptoms:
- Ear pain
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
The Causes of Chronic Sinusitis
There are many infections and conditions that can leave you susceptible to chronic sinus infections including,
- Facial trauma (e.g. broken facial bone)
- Complications of other health problems like HIV or cystic fibrosis
- Nasal polyps
- Deviated septum
- Respiratory infections
Diagnosis and Treatment
When you come into our office for care the first thing we will do is examine your nose and throat. We may need to use a special instrument to keep your nose open while we perform our exam. This exam will help us determine if there are any physical abnormalities like nasal polyps that may be causing your sinus infection. An endoscopy may also be used, along with imaging technology to help us determine the cause of your condition. Once we determine the root cause of your chronic sinusitis we can create an effective and unique treatment plan.
Chronic sinusitis treatment is designed to reduce inflammation, improve drainage and reduce how many flare-ups you experience. Some treatment options include,
- Saline irrigation
- Nasal or oral corticosteroids
- Antibiotics (if your chronic sinusitis is bacterial)
If you are experiencing symptoms that seem indicative of chronic sinusitis then it’s time you saw your ear, nose and throat specialists Dr. Pankaj Guptain Cary, NC. Call us at (919) 851-5636 today!