Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Problems and Treatments

Ear nose and throat are some of the most vital organs of our body. ENT is the branch of medical science that deals with the treatment of these body parts. Numerous conditions are associated with these body parts and quite a few medical procedures come under its fold.

Common Ear Nose and Throat Problems–

Runny Nose

Runny nose has affected the vast majority of people at some point in their lives. The most common cause for having a runny nose is cold and allergies. However, if your runny nose is accompanied with fever and cough you should consider getting an ENT doctor consultation. A doctor specialising in this field will recommend antihistamines and other medications for faster recovery. It is always better to seek advice early. You can also book an online ENT doctor consultation on DocGenie to get effective treatment for your conditions.

Hearing loss

Sudden hearing loss that results from damage to your hearing organ needs timely medical attention. Other causes of hearing loss could be inner-ear infections or meningitis. Before treatment, doctors check the cause of the issue. It could be conductive hearing loss caused by cerumen, an ear infection, an anatomical problem, a sensorineural hearing loss due to damage to cochlea, or any other aspect of central auditory perception.

Throat infection

Throat infections are irksome and afflict a lot of people. This issue affects speech, swallowing, and other activities.  An ENT doctor has the necessary expertise to resolve these problems by identifying and treating the causes of the infection. You can also opt for an ENT specialist online consultation to resolve the infection.

Sore throat

Another very common symptom of ENT problems is sore throat, which mostly occurs during winter. Home remedies are generally effective for this ailment. However, this condition too can turn severe where you might find it difficult to even sip water. This is when you might need to book an appointment with an ENT doctor to rule out possibilities of serious issues.

Also read: Winter Illnesses and Benefits of Full Body Check-up

Snoring and sleep apnoea

Snoring with or without sleep apnoea means broken breathing for more than 10 seconds. More than social stigma, sleep apnoea can indicate increased risk of high blood pressure, heart conditions, and stroke. Symptoms include daytime sleepiness, trouble in concentrating, bouts of anger, morning headaches

Balance problems or dizziness

Common in the elderly these problems arise from issues in the inner-ear. Though not dangerous, it can cause frequent falls and can be life-threatening for someone who is working with machines, driving cars, or walking on busy roads. Also if dizziness is associated with hearing loss, vertigo, and tinnitus, it could be Ménière’s disease. In that case, doctors usually recommend a hearing test and an ENT evaluation.

Sinusitis

When affected with this condition, the sinuses get inflamed. Bacterial, fungal or viral infections are the main sources of this inflammation. However, allergies, or deviated septums can also cause Sinusitis. Symptoms of Sinusitis are throat or ear pain, congestion, and headache.

Depending on underlying factors, doctors might prescribe over the counter drugs, decongestants, or nasal drops to ease your symptoms. Other than a bacterial infection, doctors don’t generally prescribe antibiotics to treat Sinusitis.

To treat ear nose and throat conditions your doctor might also recommend a variety of tests to help identify the true cause of your condition. These tests are mostly for your ears, nose and throat. However, the doctors may also recommend some blood tests, MRIs, X-rays and CT and PET scans for proper diagnosis.  

ENT conditions are very common among people all over the world and are mostly treated by medicines, while some may need surgery. However, these conditions might affect your lifestyle, so it is always better to consult an ENT specialist on time. Highly skilled ENT doctors with years of experience are onboard on DocGenie. You can book an online ENT doctor consultation session with one of our doctors for timely intervention.

Also read: 4 Common Ear Infections And Problems That People Face

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