How Your Sinus Doctor Could Help You
Have a sinus problem? You're not alone. Millions of people suffer from sinus problems. Central ENT Consultants has offices in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, offers state-of-the-art treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Read on to find out how your sinus doctor Dr. Kirby Scott could help you.
1. Specialty Care
ENT doctors specialize in the treatment of disorders that affect the ear, nose, and throat. ENT doctors have received the proper training and education needed to treat sinus problems. They are trained in standard treatment practices and surgery, so they're able to care for their patients from the time first symptoms occur through surgical procedures.
2. Symptom Relief
Diagnosis of a sinus problem depends on symptoms and requires an examination of the throat, nose, and sinuses. Sinus problems are treated with medications, nasal sprays, and nasal rinses. If allergies are contributing to your sinusitis, allergy shots might improve your condition. Occasionally, if you have acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis that keeps coming back, an operation may be the best choice.
3. Improve Sleep
Getting a good night's sleep isn't easy when your sinuses start acting up. Sinus problems can make breathing difficult at night. Anything that causes you to breathe through your mouth can result in a sleep disturbance. If you have ENT-related sleep problems, start by getting an ENT examination.
4. Advice & Guidance
Regular physical exams give your sinus doctor in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, the opportunity to discuss and counsel you on aspects of your lifestyle that is affecting your health. This counseling is an important part of the exam and it is vital that you listen carefully and discuss the changes and obstacles that you face with the doctor.
Sinus problems can affect your day-to-day activities and make life miserable. Get relief today with one of the country's top ear, nose, and throat doctors. Call Central ENT Consultants at 301-739-0400 now to schedule an appointment in Hagerstown, MD. Call 301-694-9111 to schedule an appointment in Frederick, MD. We will provide all the relief you need.
Let our ear, nose and throat specialists tackle your chronic conditions.
Have you just recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea and feeling confused about how to best manage your new condition? Does the change in weather suddenly have you sneezing, coughing and feeling like you can’t win the battle against your allergies? Luckily, if you are dealing with these problems our Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, otolaryngologist, Dr. Kirby Scott, is here to help.
In many cases, sleep apnea and loud snoring go hand in hand. Since untreated sleep apnea can lead to some pretty serious health complications it’s important that you seek the care of an ENT doctor as soon as possible. We can work with you and your sleep specialists to create a treatment plan that will get you sleeping better sooner. While CPAP tends to be the standard when it comes to keeping airways open while you sleep, there are also other options that may be able to handle more serious forms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
One surgical procedure known as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a great treatment for both those suffering from loud snoring and OSA. By removing excessive tissue in the throat we can help ensure that airways stay open while you are asleep.
There are many different kinds of allergies that one can suffer from including foods, medications, insect bites or stings, as well as seasonal allergies (e.g. pollen; mold). If you have seasonal allergies and over-the-counter allergy medications aren’t doing the trick then it’s time to talk to our Hagerstown and Frederick ENT doctor about prescription antihistamines and other medications that can help get your symptoms under control.
Of course, there are certain lifestyle changes that can also improve your allergy symptoms. This includes using a HEPA-filter air purifier that will trap spores, dusting and vacuuming all furniture and surfaces at least once a week, wearing a protective mask when out in the garden, bathing pets regularly and avoiding cigarette smoke.
Central ENT Consultants in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, provides comprehensive ear, nose, and throat care so that regardless of whether you need to manage your allergy symptoms better or you are dealing with hearing loss our team is here to help.
Don’t let sinus pain and pressure ruin your day. Know how to provide yourself with some relief.
Despite the welcome of warmer weather it still seems that you have managed to catch a cold. Maybe the cold has finally left but now you are dealing with the miserable sinus repercussions of facial pain and pressure. What a nuisance! If you are finding it difficult to find comfort, our Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, otolaryngologist, Dr. Kirby Scott, has some other ways to help relieve your discomfort.
Use a Humidifier: If you are dealing with a stuffed-up nose then you may be able to find some relief from a humidifier. Dry air can really do a number on your sinuses and make issues worse. By using a humidifier in your bedroom, you can help provide the moisture that your sinuses so desperately need and to help relieve sinus pressure. You can also take a steamy shower to help open up passages.
Try Warm Compresses: Just as taking a shower or sitting in a steam room can do wonders for your sinuses, so too can a warm, moist towel. If sinus pain and pressure is driving you crazy, dampen a washcloth with warm water and then apply the towel to these areas.
Consider a Nasal Spray: A lot of people find temporary relief from their mild-to-moderate sinus issues through over-the-counter medications and decongestants. Sometimes a saline spray is all you need to help clear out clogged nasal passageways to help you breathe better. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult our Frederick and Hagerstown ENT doctor before taking a new medication.
Use a Neti Pot: This little nasal teapot can be a great way to provide someone with the relief they need. A saltwater mixture is placed into the pot. You’ll tilt your head back and pour this mixture into your nose. The solution will help to breakup mucus and improve stuffed-up noses. This is something you can do multiple times a day to help keep your sinuses clear.
Don’t let the beautiful spring weather pass you by because you are cooped up trying to deal with sinus problems. If you aren’t able to handle these issues on your own then call Central ENT Consultations today. We are proud to offer our full ENT services in both Frederick and Hagerstown, MD.
Don’t let allergies ruin your ability to enjoy the glorious spring weather!
Springtime can be absolutely lovely. It’s a time to say goodbye to the cold winter weather for good, revamp your closet and open the windows. That is, if you don’t suffer from spring allergies. If you are fighting with a runny nose, congestion and watery eyes, then our Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, otolaryngologist, Dr. Kirby Scott, has ways to tackle your allergies this spring.
Know When to Go Outside
While we won’t say that you have to stay cooped up all spring (because what’s the fun in that?), you may want to avoid going outdoors on particularly blustery days or very early in the morning, particularly if you are allergic to pollen. Wearing sunglasses may also be able to protect your eyes from the nasty effects of pollen. Once you come in from your outdoor excursion, whether it’s running errands or spending time in your garden, make sure to shower immediately and put your clothes in the laundry to prevent the spread of pollen in your home.
There is some trial and error to figuring out what kinds of medications to take when allergies flare up. The allergy medications that work best for you will really depend on your symptoms. Have a runny nose? Then opt for an over-the-counter antihistamine. Suffer from some pretty serious allergies? Then it’s time to use a nasal spray. If over-the-counter medications aren’t cutting it, then it’s time to talk to our Frederick and Hagerstown ENT doctor about whether prescription medications or even allergy shots are better suited for your needs.
Turn on the Air Conditioning
While a beautiful spring day may have you desperately wanting to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air, what is blowing around in the air may just cause watery, itchy eyes and other issues. Therefore, it’s best to play it safe and just turn on the air conditioner. We know it won’t be as refreshing as the great outdoors, but your allergies will certainly thank you.
Know How to Clean Your Home
How you clean your home can also affect your allergies. When it comes to shopping around for a vacuum, make sure that you always use one with a HEPA filter. This will help trap a lot of that allergy-causing crud so that you don’t just breathe it in. Make sure to vacuum all furniture, floors, rugs and other surfaces at least once a week.
If you have questions about managing your allergy symptoms then turn to the expert at Central ENT Consultants. Don’t let your allergies get in the way of enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Waking up one day to find yourself in the midst of an allergy attack is not the most exciting way to realize that spring is in the air. Luckily, your otolaryngologists can help you narrow down what causes your allergies, manage your symptoms, and find the best treatment option for you. Find out more about allergies and how your doctor can help with Central ENT Consultants with offices in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD.
What causes allergies?
Allergies occur when your body’s immune system mistakenly overreacts to an allergen or a substance which causes an allergic reaction. The allergens could be anything from certain foods to pollen to dust or mold. However, the body’s reaction is often the same. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- red, watery eyes
- runny or stuffy nose
- itchy eyes
- shortness of breath
- an itchy red rash (hives)
Allergic reactions to food often produce symptoms like itchy or tingling mouth, abdominal pain or discomfort, hives, swelling of the face, including the lips, throat, and tongue, and wheezing.
Allergy Testing in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD
Avoiding allergens is the best way to avoid the allergic reactions that come with them. You must, however, know exactly which allergens to avoid for this method to work. Allergy testing uses a process of elimination to determine what substances you are allergic to. Most allergy testing occurs in the form of a scratch test. This test involves placing tiny amounts of allergens onto the skin, then scratching the skin to allow it to enter. If the skin reacts to the substance, you are allergic to it. If there is no reaction, you do not have an allergy to that substance. Allergy testing can also take the form of a blood test to search for the presence of antibodies produced by your body to fight off the allergen.
Treating allergies begins with avoiding the allergen itself. For example, if your doctor finds you to be allergic to cats, avoiding homes with cats in them can keep your allergic reactions away. Since simply avoiding allergens is not always possible, especially with allergens like pollen or grass, oral antihistamines can help get your allergic reaction under control. Nasal sprays are also helpful in managing allergy symptoms.
For more information on allergies, please contact Dr. Kirby Scott at Central ENT Consultants at their offices in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. Call (301) 739-0400 to schedule your appointment at the Hagerstown location or (301) 694-9111 to schedule your appointment at the Frederick location today!
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