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Chronic sinus infections, also known as sinusitis, can disrupt your entire life. If medications haven't brought you the relief you need to function, Dr. Kirby Scott, your ear, nose and throat doctor at Central ENT Consultants in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, may suggest a balloon sinuplasty. If you've never heard of this procedure, you've come to the right place. Discover the functions and advantages of this procedure.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, the air-filled spaces in the front of the skull. People with sinusitis often have headaches, nasal drainage, a cough and a decreased sense of smell. If these symptoms persist for longer than 12 weeks, you've likely visited your ENT and have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis.
How is chronic sinusitis treated?
Chronic sinusitis is a common condition - affecting about 15% of the population, according to the American Rhinologic Society - that often responds well to medications like analgesics, steroids or nasal irrigation sprays. However, there are people who do not find relief from these conservative methods of treatment. In the past, ENT doctors suggested sinus surgery as a way to drain and clean the sinus cavities. However, this treatment, while effective, requires several incisions and the post-operative recovery time can be lengthy. This is why many ENT doctors, including Dr. Scott in Frederick and Hagerstown, may suggest a balloon sinuplasty as way of treating persistent sinusitis that produces similar results with less side effects.
What is a balloon sinuplasty?
This is a minimally-invasive technique of treating recurrent sinus infections. Through the use of a tiny lighted tube called an endoscope, your ENT inflates a balloon-like catheter to dilate the sinuses and promote drainage. Studies have shown that patients who have received balloon dilations in their sinuses consistently show the same results as those who have had the more invasive sinus surgeries: their symptoms and activity levels improve and they are far less likely to need medication to treat any further sinus-related illnesses.
If you're dealing with chronic sinus pain, pressure and drainage, don't wait any longer. Contact Central ENT Consultants in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott today!
How well you hear affects the quality of your life. Poor communication, frustration and withdrawal in social situations and difficulty in processing information all result from hearing loss. Hearing aids assist people of all ages by supporting the hearing abilities people have. Board-certified otolaryngologist in Frederick, MD, Dr. Kirby Scott, teaches patients about the kinds of hearing loss and about the science that improves function through the devices we call hearing aids.
Kinds of Hearing Loss
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says there are 3 kinds of hearing loss:
- Conductive--related to how sound waves pass through the ear drum and bones of the middle ear
- Sensorineural--often an age-related deficit in how sound is picked up by the acoustic nerve and arrives at the brain
- Mixed--a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss
- Central--the brain's inability to process sound signals it receives from the ear
Hearing aids from your Frederick otolaryngologist can address conductive, sensorineural and mixed hearing loss. Other therapies such as ear wax (cerumen) removal, insertion of tubes to drain fluid and pharmaceuticals to quell infection are among the many treatments your Otolaryngologist from Central ENT Consultants employs to correct hearing deficits.
The Science Behind Hearing Aids
Hearing involves more than volume of sound. The pitch, or frequency, of sound waves plays an important role in what we hear and how well we hear it. Additionally, things such as background noise and direction of sound affect clarity. People who are beginning to perceive a hearing loss often complain of difficulty in understanding soft voices, such as those of young children, and of struggling with noisy environments and the direction of various sounds.
Fortunately, modern hearing aid technology has progressed to the point where many devices are programmable and adjustable specific to the wearer's kind of hearing loss. There are 2 basic types of hearing aid technology:
- Analog--which receives sound waves through a microphone and amplifies them, adjusting for crowded environments, according to the audiologist's programming
- Digital--which changes sound saves into numerical codes, amplifying certain frequencies more than others as needed and adjusting for direction of sound
What can a Hearing Aid Do for You?
You won't know until you get a complete physical exam from Dr. Scott and a hearing evaluation from our audiologist, Michelle Garrett. They will pinpoint the cause of your hearing issues and if necessary recommend the hearing device just right for your situation. Call Central ENT Consultants in Frederick, MD today for an appointment: (301) 739-0400.
If you have sinusitis, you're not alone. Every year, millions of American suffer from the painful condition. Your Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, sinus doctor at Central ENT Consultants shares some important information about sinusitis and treatment options.
What causes sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when a virus, bacterial infection or allergy causes your nasal passages to become inflamed. You may be more likely to develop the condition if you have nasal polyps, a deviated septum or an obstruction in your sinuses. Although most people only experience sinusitis symptoms for a few weeks, in some cases, sinusitis can become a chronic condition.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Sinusitis causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Pain and pressure in your forehead, cheeks and around your eyes (Pain and pressure may increase when you lower our head.)
- Neck pain
- Pain in your teeth
- Thick nasal secretions that may be yellow or green
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Pain, pressure or fullness in the ears
How can I relieve my symptoms at home?
If you have a virus, your symptoms will gradually get better. Rest, decongestants, saline rinses and over-the-counter pain medication can help you feel better.
How can a sinus doctor help me?
If your symptoms don't improve after a few weeks, it's a good idea to visit a sinus doctor. If sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, you'll need antibiotics to clear the infection. Regardless of the cause, your doctor can offer a variety of treatment option to decrease your sinusitis symptoms. Prescription decongestants, corticosteroids, and antihistamines will reduce swelling in your nasal passages, allowing you to breathe easier. Your sinus doctor can recommend medications that will keep your allergies under control and reduce those bouts of sinusitis if your problem is caused by allergies. If you have chronic sinusitis caused by a deviated septum or nasal polyps, surgery may be the best treatment option.
Are you tired of living with sinusitis pain? Call your Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, sinus doctor at Central ENT Consultants and schedule an appointment.
Find out how to best eliminate ear infections in children quickly and effectively.
If your child is over the age of two, at-home care and rest are two of the best things you can do to treat an ear infection. Many ear infections will often go away on their own, so you may want to try some of these home treatment options to see what works best for your child. And if you aren’t sure, you can always turn to your ear, nose & throat specialists in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD:
Many over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) can ease both pain and inflammation. Sometimes it’s best to give your little one medication like this before bedtime to help soothe their symptoms so they sleep better. After all, rest is very important to healing.
Be sure to always follow the instructions on the medication. Talk to us before starting your child or baby on pain medications to make sure it’s a safe option for them.
By applying a warm towel or washcloth over the ear, you may also be able to alleviate pain. This can be a great option for parents who don’t feel comfortable giving their child medication but still want to ease pain and discomfort.
Resting is key to speeding up your child’s recovery time. By resting, you’re allowing their body to fight the infection. Avoid strenuous activities when they have an ear infection and allow them time to sleep and relax as much as possible.
If your child’s symptoms do not get better after treating it at home for a few days then it’s certainly time to schedule an appointment with your ENT in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. We may need to prescribe antibiotics or ear drops to treat the problem.
When it comes to your child’s health never hesitate to contact our ENT office in Hagerstown and Frederick. Central ENT Consultants, PC, is here for you and your whole family.
Sinus Problems: A Year-round or Seasonal Issue?
Nearly 40 million Americans are currently suffering from sinus problems. If you’re one of them, you know that a sinus infection flare up can be very uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. A number of things can cause sinus problems: colds, allergies, various environmental factors or deformities in the nasal passages.
When you start to feel sinus pressure, the first and most important step to take is to get a proper diagnosis. Many people who seek treatment for sinus problems mistakenly treat the symptoms of allergies when they actually have a more severe infection or an abnormal sinus cavity. Your Hagerstown and Frederick, MD ENT doctors at Central ENT Consultants can help you diagnose if you’re suffering from seasonal allergies or chronic sinusitis.
Seasonal Sinus Problems
During changing seasons, the humidity in the air drops and rises. This leaves the nasal passages dry and the sinuses susceptible to infection. Infection often leads to swelling, which thwarts mucus from draining properly. This backup is what causes sinus pressure and pain.
Allergies are probably the most common trigger of sinus problems. Allergic reactions often cause the kind of swelling mentioned above.
Sinusitis comes with all the same symptoms of seasonal allergies and sinus infections, but lasts for much longer (12 weeks). Most sinusitis even develops as a result of untreated allergies or infection, but is also associated with defects in the nasal passages—like an extra sinus, deviated septum, or narrow sinuses. With a proper diagnosis, treatment can be administered easily and effectively. Most sinus doctors will recommend a combination of treatments ranging from steroids to antibiotics to treat infection, but in the event your sinus problems are the result of abnormal nasal passages, you may want to consider reconstructive surgery to ensure your chronic sinusitis problems won’t reappear.
To learn more about facial surgery and sinusitis treatment in the Hagerstown and Frederick, MD area, call Central ENT Consultants today!