There are many different symptoms that can indicate a need to see a sinus specialist or an otolaryngologist. Otolaryngology is the medical specialty that deals with disorders and conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) region, and related areas of the head and neck.
If you’ve ever had a sinus infection, then you know the pain and discomfort it can cause. Ongoing sinus infections are one of the common reasons to see a sinus specialist.
What does an ENT specialist do?
Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, (ENT), and related structures of the head, neck, and face. They’re commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
What are common symptoms that warrant a visit to a sinus specialist?
Conditions of the ear, nose, and throat are all tied closely together, and some common types of symptoms that should signal the need for a visit to an ENT include:
Sinus pain – If you’re experiencing pain in your face, upper teeth, or in your ear, in addition to other symptoms such as drainage that’s obstructed or abnormal or nasal congestion, then you should see a sinus specialist.
Sore throat – An ongoing sore throat that does not get better, even after a visit to your family doctor and a dose of antibiotics, is a cause for concern and for further examination and treatment by an ENT. Difficulty swallowing and a loss of voice may also accompany this condition.
Congestion – Congestion can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort. You may feel pressure in your head that causes additional symptoms such as headaches and dizziness. The causes of congestion can be related to a variety of conditions, including viral infections, seasonal allergies, acute bacterial infections, and even nasal structure issues such as a deviated septum. An ENT can help pinpoint the cause of your congestion, which is the first step toward effective treatment.
Hearing loss – Issues with your eardrum, ear canal, and/or the three bones connected to your eardrum can cause conductive hearing loss. This type of hearing loss occurs when sound isn’t conducted efficiently through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and bones of the middle ear.
Airway blockage – If you’re unable to breathe properly and comfortably through your nose, it can be caused by a variety of issues, including a deviated septum, viral infection, or the development of nasal polyps.
Headaches – The cause of a persistent headache often isn’t immediately obviously to the patient who is suffering with it. Common causes include sinus issues, acute upper respiratory infections, chronic sinus infections, or anatomical abnormalities.
Drainage – Drainage issues can cause a runny nose and/or postnasal drip (the feeling of mucus dripping from the back of your nose into your throat or accumulating in your throat). If you have postnasal drip that’s chronic, you may have acid reflux.
If you’re suffering from a sinus infection or sinusitis, a sinus expert can help you get the relief you’re looking for.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when the tissues that line your sinuses become inflamed or swollen. Sinusitis is most commonly caused by a virus, and it can linger long after the other respiratory symptoms have gotten better.
Although it’s less common, bacteria or a fungus can also cause a sinus infection. Allergies, polyps, a tooth infection, or a deviated septum may also trigger sinusitis.
Where can I find a sinus specialist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
DFW Sinus Select is a medical practice that’s dedicated to the care, diagnosis, and effective treatment of disorders related to the nose and sinuses.
Our highly-qualified, board-certified sinus specialists provide compassionate, individualized treatment using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and techniques.
It’s important to visit a DFW Sinus Select ENT so your sinus issues can be properly diagnosed. We’ll determine the cause of your issues and develop an effective personalized treatment plan. We specialize in tailoring treatments designed to achieve the best possible long-term results with a minimum of side effects.
Schedule an appointment with one of our sinus experts today!