Find out the cause of your sore throat and how to treat it.
Yikes! You woke up with a sore throat. Now what? Our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips and Dr. Theodore Kanne are here to tell you the causes of acute (and persistent) sore throats and how to treat this issue when it arises.
Causes of an Acute Sore Throat
There are many things that can bring about a sore throat, and it will be difficult to self-diagnose yourself without visiting us for a proper evaluation. Common causes include,
Viral infections: This is the most common cause of acute sore throats. Common viral infections include everything from the common cold and respiratory infections to flu, mononucleosis and mumps.
Bacterial infections: While a less common cause, bacteria can still contribute to a sore throat. Tonsillitis (an inflammation of the tonsils), diphtheria and even certain STDs (e.g. chlamydia) can bring about this acute symptom.
Environmental elements: If you are a smoker, work in an environment surrounded by certain chemicals, or you live somewhere with elevated air pollutants, then you may be more likely to develop a sore throat from time to time.
Causes of a Chronic Sore Throat
If you are dealing with a sore throat that lasts over a week or if you get frequent sore throats, several conditions or issues could be going on.
Everything from excessive alcohol consumption and smoking to air pollution and cheering loudly at a sporting event can lead to a lingering sore throat. If you find that your sore throat comes about from drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods (and is accompanied by other symptoms like heartburn) then you could be dealing with a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
When to See a Doctor
You need to seek immediate medical attention if you or a child is having difficulty swallowing or breathing due to a sore throat. This is considered a medical emergency.
While not a medical emergency, it’s a good idea to pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with one of our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctors if you or a child is dealing with a lingering sore throat (lasting more than a week), if you have trouble or pain when swallowing, if you develop a rash or a fever, or if you notice a lump in your neck.
If you are dealing with a severe or a chronic sore throat, then it’s time you turned to the experts at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia to get the answers you need. Call our Valdosta, GA, ENT office today to schedule an appointment with us.
Are you having more and more trouble hearing those around you?
Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA - is here to make sure that you get the diagnostic care and treatment options you need to improve your hearing.
Don’t let signs of hearing loss go ignored. If you are noticing any of these changes in your daily life then it’s important that you seek a hearing evaluation from one of our Valdosta ENT doctors immediately:
- Difficulty understanding what people are saying
- Noticing that sounds seem more muffled or fuzzy
- Asking people to repeat themselves often
- Trouble hearing people or distinguishing sounds in loud environments
- Having to turn up the sound on your TV, phone or radio
- Having trouble staying focused in conversations because you can’t understand what everyone is saying
These issues can certainly cause a lot of issues for you and your quality of life. The moment you notice changes in your hearing it’s a good time to get this issue checked out so that we can prevent it from getting worse.
There are also simple measures you can take everyday to prevent your hearing loss from getting worse. For example, it’s crucial to protect your ears from loud and potentially harmful noises.
Whether you work on a construction site or you often blast music through your headphones, there are certain changes you can make that will protect your hearing. If you work in noisy environments it’s a good idea to wear some sort of hearing protection.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know how loud something has to be to damage your hearing. A good rule of thumb is if you have to shout over the nose or if others have to shout for you to hear them then this sound could damage your hearing. Protecting your hearing and limiting your exposure to loud sounds are two surefire methods for preventing hearing loss from progressing.
Of course, we understand how important it is to hear those around you and to make understanding people easier, which is why we will also talk to you about your hearing aid options. There are a variety of different hearing aids out there with unique features and styles that can help people of all ages with minor to more severe hearing loss.
Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA prides herself on offering only the very best care when it comes to hearing loss. Find out how we can help you hear better. Schedule a consultation today.
An ear infection is not just annoying, but can also be very painful. If you're suffering from an ear infection, then you need to notify your Valdosta, GA, ENT specialists at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia.
Your ear is composed of three parts: outer ear, middle ear and inner ear, which are all susceptible to ear infections.
- Outer Ear Infection (Swimmer's Ear): The external ear usually contractions bacterial infections which cause inflammation when your ear is exposed to water, sand or dirt. If you experience itching redness, swelling or pain that worsens if you tug on your ear or while you're chewing, you may be suffering from an infection, but need to notify your Valdosta ENT to be sure.
- Middle Ear Infection: The middle ear is a bit different because you can contract a viral or bacterial infection from another part of your body, airborne or food allergies, or a blocked Eustachian tube.
- Inner Ear Infection (labyrinthitis): The inner ear is most probably affected by other infections within the body. These infections can be anywhere from your sinus and throat to your tooth. If you're suffering from dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting, hearing loss and tinnitus, you may want to call your ENT.
While ear pain may resolve itself, calling your doctor to make an appointment for an examination is always a good idea. Your doctor may diagnose you with an ear infection and locate where exactly it's located. If so, here are some treatment options they may prescribe:
- Eardrops to prevent bacteria from growing.
- Antibiotics may also be used if the infection is more extreme.
- Pain medication to help you cope with the pain caused by the infection.
- A more drastic treatment is to surgically insert a tube into the middle ear and drain any fluid that may be present.
- Another surgical procedure is the removal of the adenoids, which is called an adenoidectomy.
If you've been suffering from ear pain for an extended amount of time, make sure you call your doctor at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia. They're conveniently located in Valdosta, GA, and can make an appointment with you if you call them at (229) 244-2562.
Find out how an ENT doctor could help you with your lightheadedness.
Experiencing bouts of dizziness can be rather startling and worrisome. While most people will experience this symptom at some point in their lifetime, there are many reasons why someone might become lightheaded or faint. Our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips and Dr. Theodore Kanne are here to share some common causes of dizziness and when to turn to them for help.
Here are some of the reasons you may be feeling dizzy:
- Certain medications
- Low blood sugar
- Vestibular neuritis
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s disease
While not all of the above causes need to be treated by our ENT doctor in Valdosta, GA, if you believe you might have BPPV, vestibular neuritis, migraines or Meniere’s disease then we can certainly help.
If you find yourself experiencing vertigo, a severe bout of spinning, then you might be dealing with this condition. This is actually one of the most common causes of vertigo and it usually comes about from sudden head movements. While this condition will often go away on its own within a couple of weeks, if the condition is severe enough you will want to come in so that we can provide you with certain therapeutic head exercises to perform to help improve your symptoms.
This viral infection can also cause severe cases of vertigo as well as extreme nausea. You will most often notice these symptoms with rapid and quick head movements. Even just quickly turning your head could be enough to trigger dizziness. Fortunately, certain medications can be prescribed to relieve your dizziness and nausea. We may also recommend bed rest and other lifestyle changes to reduce how often you experience these extreme symptoms.
This inner ear disorder can cause vertigo along with episodes of hearing loss. Those with this condition may also feel pressure in the ears or experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition but there are ways to manage these symptoms with long-term medications, hearing aids and other therapies to improve hearing and reduce dizziness.
If you are someone who suffers from migraines then you may also notice symptoms of dizziness or feeling off balance. While this condition is rare, if you do have it we will need to figure out what triggers your migraines. It could be certain foods or medications, stress, or hormonal changes. Once we figure out what’s causing your symptoms we can determine the best way to treat it. Migraines can often be handled with prescription medications and lifestyle changes.
ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, is here for all of your ear, nose and throat issues. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with us. Let’s treat your dizziness together and get you feeling better!
If you want to hear your loved ones more clearly find out which hearing aid will help make this possible.
Are you sick and tired of asking people to repeat themselves all the time? Have you been trying to deny that you need a hearing aid? While most people hate the idea of losing their hearing and often want to put off wearing a hearing aid, it’s a lot more frustrating when you realize you can’t actively be part of conversations with friends and families. If this is happening to you, our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists offer a wide variety of hearing aids from which to choose:
This is a great option for someone dealing with mild to moderate forms of hearing loss. This hearing aid is customized to fit within the ear canal, but a bit of the hearing aid still sits in the outer ear. Some in-the-canal hearing aids can also provide wireless connectivity as well as offer relief for those suffering from tinnitus (a condition that causes ringing in the ears).
Many people suffering from mild to severe hearing loss like this design because it’s completely invisible, besides the small handle that you will use to take it out of your ear. This can also be a great option for those suffering from tinnitus. In order to get a hearing aid with the ideal fit, this hearing aid is custom-made to just for you.
Another option for those with mild to severe forms of hearing loss, the invisible-in-the-canal style is tiny and meant to be worn without other people noticing. Just like most hearing aids, this style is also custom-made to fit your ear. Since this hearing aid will sit a bit further in the ear canal, you don’t have to worry about other people noticing your hearing aid. This hearing aid is particularly popular here at our Valdosta ENT office.
This style of hearing aid actually sits on the outside of the ear, while the receiver fits into the ear canal. This is another option for those dealing with mild to severe hearing loss. Even though part of the hearing aid sits behind the ear, it’s very subtle. Most people won’t even notice it. One benefit of this style is that it can be a pretty powerful device when it comes to amplifying sound.
These custom-made instruments are placed into the ear, but may still be a bit visible. Of course, this style makes it easy to work with and offers a simple, easy way to be able to control your hearing aid. Since the device is only sitting in the outer ear it’s also easy to insert and take out when you want.
This style will sit behind the ear while the aid itself sits in the ear canal. This is a great option for patients of all ages and for those dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss. Even though this style is more visible than other options out there, it is sometimes better able to amplify sounds than other designs.
Are you ready to be your talkative self again? Want to understand what your kids or grandkids are saying? Want to be able to hear friends or your date while out at a restaurant? Then call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia today and let our doctors know that you are interested in a hearing aid consultation in Valdosta, GA.
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