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.
Hearing loss is a slow and often unnoticed process. However, eventually, you may realize that your ears simply do not work the way they used to. While many people believe this is simply a fact of life to deal with, that does not have to be the case. If you notice yourself suffering from hearing loss, hearing aids can help you have conversations normally and hear just as well as ever. Learn more about hearing aids with Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA.
Can I benefit from a hearing aid?
If you feel as though your hearing is beginning to decline, you should consult with your ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine what your next step is. Normally, your doctor will suggest undergoing a hearing test, which includes wearing headphones and indicating which side you hear different sounds on and what frequencies. After determining the severity and frequencies at which your hearing loss occurs, your doctor can determine if you can benefit from a hearing aid.
For more information on hearing aids, please contact our office, Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA to schedule an appointment.
Are you having trouble breathing? Dr. Thomas Phillips, Dr. Ronald Allen and Dr. Theodore Kanne, your Valdosta, GA, ENTs, discuss several potential causes of breathing difficulties.
Anything that prevents air from flowing freely from your nose to your lungs can cause a breathing problem, including polyps, tumors, foreign objects or swollen adenoids.
A deviated septum, a condition that occurs when the bones and cartilage that separate your nostrils are off-center or crooked, may make it difficult to breathe. Some people are bone with deviated septums while others develop them after experiencing a broken nose.
Allergies can stuffiness and nasal congestion that can make breathing difficult. Allergies don't just occur in the spring and fall. Indoor allergens, such as mold, dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander, can cause symptoms year-round.
Asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases can make breathing very difficult.
Illnesses and Infections
Cold and virus make you feel awful. Thanks to runny noses, stuffiness and congestion, it's nearly impossible to breathe comfortably, particularly at night. Luckily, most viruses go away on their own and don't require any special treatment. If your sinus symptoms linger, you may experience sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses that is sometimes caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. When the sinuses become inflamed, they also swell, making breathing difficult.
How can a Valdosta ENT help me?
If you're tired of struggling to breathe, your ENT can offer a variety of effective treatments. If you suffer from allergies, over-the-counter and prescription medications can relieve your symptoms and prevent the reactions that trigger congestion. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators are effective in easing the symptoms of asthma and COPD, while antibiotics and decongestants may help you overcome a bout of sinusitis. If your breathing problem is caused by a polyp, swollen adenoids, a deviated septum or other structural problem and conservative treatments don't help, surgery may be recommended.
Don't ignore breathing difficulties. Call Dr. Phillips, Dr. Allen and Dr. Kanne, your Valdosta, GA, ENTs, at (229) 244-2562 to schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms.
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