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By ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia
June 09, 2021
Category: ENT
Tags: ear infections  

If you’ve ever had an ear infection, you know that it can feel debilitating and can really affect your ability to participate in activities. It’s important to understand what type of ear infection you may be suffering from and how you can treat an ear infection. Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgie in Valdosta, GA, are here to help you understand the different types of ear infections and the symptoms that come with each one.

The Different Types of Ear Infections

The ear is made up of three different parts and each one is susceptible to infection. The three parts include the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Ear infections can be extremely painful and can stop you from feeling comfortable while you have one. Most ear infections tend to clear up within a few days but it’s still important for you to visit your ENT in Valdosta, GA, to receive an exam and to get any treatment needed to help relieve some of the pain you might be feeling.

The common types of ear infection in each part include:

  • Outer Ear Infection- This is primarily known as swimmer’s ear and is usually the cause of a bacterial inflammation in the outer ear. This tends to happen when sand, water, or dirt get trapped in the ear, inviting bacteria to multiply inside your ear. Your doctor might prescribe eardrops that help prevent any further bacterial growth, as well as an antibiotic to relieve pain. An outer ear infection typically goes away after a week or so.
  • Middle Ear Infection- This can usually be caused by a bacterial or viral infection and can be triggered by allergies, infections elsewhere in the body, or a blocked Eustachian tube. In severe cases, a thick fluid may discharge from the middle ear. Treatment depends on the severity of your infection and treatment can range anywhere from eardrops, medications, or a tube surgically inserted into the middle ear to help with drainage.
  • Inner Ear Infection- Inner ear infections are primarily caused by infections elsewhere in the body, like a sinus infection. If you suspect that you may have an inner ear infection, you should be sure to contact your ENT immediately for treatment.

Contact Your ENT Today!

If you’re suffering from an ear infection, you should be sure to contact Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgie in Valdosta, GA, as soon as possible to relieve any of the pain you may be experiencing. Call (229) 244-2562 today!

By ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia
April 26, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Treating Hearing Loss in 2021

Listening is a key component of communication, so if you're having trouble hearing, it can impact your life in many ways. Hearing loss can hinder your enjoyment of music and movies, make conversations and comprehension more difficult, and otherwise create issues in your everyday life.
 
While you may think you are too young for hearing aids, or you picture them as being bulky and conspicuous, hearing aids have come a long way over the years. At the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, we can help you find an effective and comfortable way to restore your hearing to its best so you can enjoy all the sensations life has to offer.
 

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids come in several versions but all work by using tiny microphones to detect sounds. A small amplifier transforms the sound into digital code, the most advanced technology available, and the signals are converted into sound waves. Hearing aids adjust the sound depending on your level of hearing so the sound coming through the speakers in your hearing aids is clear and neither too loud nor too quiet.
 
Features of the new wave of hearing aids include directional microphones, which can help your comprehension of sounds in loud environments. they have digital feedback reduction, which helps prevent disruptive "feedback". they use gain processing to increase the level of important sounds, and have digital noise reduction, which lowers the volume of background noises.
 

What are my options for hearing aids?

Hearing aids come in in-the-canal, over the ear, and behind the ear styles. Depending on your level of hearing loss and desire for discreetness, you may find one style preferable over another.
 
In-the-canal versions are the least visible, while in the ear and behind the ear versions can come in skin tone colors but are still visible. Behind the ear, styles leave the ear canal open for more natural sound.
 

Can I treat my hearing loss without hearing aids?

Some forms of hearing loss can be remedied using alternate methods. If your hearing loss is the result of ear infections, antibiotics or decongestants may be effective. If your ears are filled with fluid, myringotomy uses tubes for drainage to clear your ear canal and restore your hearing.
 
Trust the experts at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, to find the best solution for your hearing loss. Call us today at (229) 244-2562
By ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia
March 16, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: sore throat  

It’s important to know when it’s time to call our physicians about a sore throat.

Anyone who has ever experienced a sore throat knows how painful it can be. Luckily, there are home remedies such as teas and gargling with saltwater that can provide some relief until the problem goes away. However, there are situations in which a sore throat may require treatment from our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctors Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne.

What could be causing my sore throat?

Sore throats are incredibly common. In fact, sore throats are the second most common acute infection seen by doctors. Most sore throats are caused by viral infections like the cold or flu. Other causes include:

  • Strep throat (a bacterial infection)
  • Tonsillitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Glandular fever
  • Smoke and other irritants
  • Allergies
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (can cause recurring sore throats)

Can sore throats be contagious?

Yes, if your sore throat is due to a viral or bacterial infection such as strep throat then you could easily spread the infection. It’s important that you avoid being around others, that you practice handwashing and good hygiene, and you don’t share food items with others until you’ve fully recovered.

When do I need to see a doctor?

You should turn to our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctors for your sore throat if:

  • Your symptoms don’t get better within a few days
  • Your symptoms are severe or getting worse
  • You develop joint pain
  • Your sore throat keeps returning
  • You develop a rash
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • You develop a fever over 101 degrees F that lasts more than 24 hours
  • You have trouble eating or drinking because of swelling in the back of the throat

These are often signs of a bacterial infection such as strep throat, so it’s important that you are properly evaluated by a medical professional so that you can get the antibiotics you need to get rid of the infection.

Are you dealing with severe or persistent sore throats in Valdosta, GA? If so, the otolaryngologists at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, Dr. Allen, Dr. Phillips, and Dr. Kanne, can help you get the treatment you need to ease symptoms. To schedule an appointment with us, call (229) 244-2562 today.

By ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia
March 15, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: hearing loss  

Hearing loss can happen gradually. Know the warning signs.

Your once favorite radio show now seems muffled and hard to understand. You may miss commentary that others hear around you. Are people laughing at something that you didn’t hear? These moments can be upsetting and isolating. After all, we are social creatures, but it’s hard to be social if you’re experiencing hearing loss. Our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctors can easily detect hearing loss and provide you with the treatment you need to improve your hearing quickly.

Could you be dealing with hearing loss? Here are some of the most common complaints our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctors, and audiologists get from patients dealing with hearing loss.

Loud Environments Make Conversations More Challenging

Do you feel isolated from friends and family because you can’t seem to hear them over the clang of plates and cutlery and other ambient noises at a restaurant? One of the most common issues for people dealing with hearing loss is that bustling and busy environments can make it more challenging to stay attuned to what others are saying. If you find yourself having trouble following conversations in restaurants or at work, a hearing problem could be to blame.

High-Pitched Sounds Go Unnoticed

Do others hear the doorbell or the phone ringing when you don’t? Do you not hear the stove alarm going off? These could be signs of hearing loss. If you start to notice that other family members are turning off the kitchen timer, picking up the phone, or answering the door because you don’t hear these sounds, it may be time to have your hearing assessed by a qualified doctor.

The Volume Needs to be Blasted

Do your family members complain that the TV is too loud? Do you have to turn the volume on max when you’re on the phone? Do you still have issues hearing what’s happening on the radio, TV, or on the phone despite increasing the volume? This is a telltale sign of hearing loss.

You Find Yourself Reading Lips

How often do you find yourself staring at people’s lips to try and make out what they are saying? When your hearing is sound, you shouldn’t have to look at someone’s lips. However, when hearing loss occurs you may find yourself doing this without even noticing. If you have to look at someone’s face in order to understand what they are saying, this could be another sign of hearing loss.

Don’t wait to find out if you’re dealing with hearing loss. The sooner hearing loss is treated the better. To schedule a hearing evaluation with our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists, simply call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia at (229) 244-2562 today.

By ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia
November 25, 2020
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Dizziness  
Dizziness is something many of us have at one experienced, and there is nothing intrinsically wrong with feeling this way once in a while. Dizziness can occur for a variety of reasons, it's not a concern in itself, but a symptom. Often, it's nothing to worry about, but if dizzy spells occur frequently enough to be a concern then it's time to get in contact with your doctor. Reach out to your Valdosta, GA, specialists Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne of ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia.
 
Common Causes of Dizziness
 
Your inner ear is tasked with helping you hear, and also maintaining your balance. They achieve the latter through a complex system of canals and sensors that can detect your body's movement and position within space. It's when these functions become interrupted that you may feel dizzy. So conditions that affect your inner ear are often to blame. Conditions such as Meniere’s disease and viral infections. The latter may be treated with antibiotics by your doctor. Unfortunately, Meniere's disease has no cure but its symptoms can be managed. Contact your physician for more information.
 
Low blood sugar, migraines, and anxiety can also be the source of your dizziness. Your doctor can help you control and lessen the negative effects of these conditions. Certain medications have dizziness as a side effect, so it's also important to keep your doctor informed of these. If you exercise for long periods of time, to avoid dizziness you should make sure to keep properly hydrated.
 
Help for Your Dizziness in Valdosta, GA
 
The important thing to remember is that dizziness is a symptom. Often these are passing, but if you're concerned you should make an appointment with your doctor today.

Contact Dr. Allen, Dr. Phillips, and Dr. Kanne of ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, by dialing (229) 244-2562.




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