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)
- Glandular fever
- Smoke and other irritants
- 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.
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.
Contact Dr. Allen, Dr. Phillips, and Dr. Kanne of ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, by dialing (229) 244-2562.
Earaches and infections can interfere with your life, especially if they are frequent. The staff at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia serving the Valdosta, GA, area knows how you feel and wants you to get better soon.
Some things to keep in mind are:
- Ear infections generally respond well to antibiotic treatment and decongestants.
- Keep your hands clean, especially when handling babies.
- Over-the-counter painkillers are effective in managing pain from the infection.
- Take care to manage your allergies. Make sure to control your asthma. Year-round allergies are a factor in getting recurrent ear infections.
- Do not insert foreign objects into the ears, such as hairpins or paperclips.
Stay away from tobacco use.
Cigarette smoke has many chemicals in it that inflame the soft tissues of the ears, nose, and throat. Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke reduces the chance of a recurrent ear infection.
Dry your ears thoroughly after swimming.
If you have water in your ear after swimming, you may use some drops to dry the ears of the remaining fluid. Water that stays in the ear creates a moist environment for bacteria and other pathogens, which in turn irritate the delicate tissues of the outer ear.
Maintain your general health.
Getting a cold or the flu can be tough, but it can be extra hard when you have an earache on top of it. Because these illnesses can spread and inflame the middle ears, it is especially important to keep the ears dry.
Contact us today to discover more options on how to break the cycle of ear infections. Call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, at 229-244-2562 to schedule an appointment.
Are you or your child suffering from an ear infection? These ailments are very common, particularly in the young, and they can cause serious complications. At ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, our doctors and audiologists understand ear infections. They help many Valdosta, GA, patients feel much better.
Your ears allow you to hear the sounds of the world around you. What you may not know is that the internal ear also helps you keep your balance. At ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, your Valdosta otolaryngologists evaluate and treat infections of the outer, middle and inner ear. Each infection has its own distinctive symptoms, but, in general, irritation, pain and inflammation are common to all.
Treating the three kinds of ear infections
Your ear has three parts, the outer ear (the part you can see), the middle ear (including the ear drum and three small bones which conduct sound) and the inner ear (with its semi-circular canals, cochlea and vestibular and auditory nerves). Each part may become infected. Here are the details.
Otitis externa is a bacterial infection of the outer ear. Redness, pain and drainage are the presenting symptoms, and often, the bacteria originate in water or beach sand which collects during swimming. As such, otitis externa also is called a swimmer's ear. As symptoms begin, see your ENT physician as soon as possible for an exam, antibiotic and pain reliever as needed.
Otitis media affects the middle ear, and it is the type of ear infection common to children. Often occurring after a cold, it may be viral or bacterial in nature and exhibits symptoms of:
- Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Fussiness and crying in very young children and babies
- Muffled hearing
- Sharp ear pain or a dull ache which persists
- Ear drums which bulge with fluid accumulation
Comfort measures include medication for pain and a warm compress to soothe the irritated ear. Your otolaryngologist may advise antibiotic therapy with a bacterial infection, and recurring otitis media in kids may warrant the placement of slender ear tubes to avoid fluid build-up.
Finally, Otitis interna involves fever, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and ear pain. Some people experience hearing loss and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Many of these infections are viral; however, some are bacterial and will respond to simple antibiotic therapy (Amoxicillin, as an example).
Hear well and feel better
For expert help with ear infections, please contact our doctors and audiologists at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA. They're the best resource for all your otolaryngology and allergy needs. Call for a consultation: (229) 244-2562.
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