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By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
May 20, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology

Are you sleeping poorly but don't even know it? Do your family members complain that your snoring is loud and disruptive? Are you tired sleep apneaand cranky even if you went to bed on time the night before? If so, you may have sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that can be treated by our Highland, IN, ENT physician at the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery. Don't ignore the symptoms of this sleep disorder—read on to learn all about sleep apnea treatment!

 

FAQS about sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea? Classified as a sleep disorder, sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing while they are asleep. Characterized by extremely loud snoring, and sudden wakefulness, sleep apnea at its most serious stages carries the distinct threat of cutting the brain off of oxygen. That's why it requires medical treatment from your Highland ENT doctor.

Are there different kinds of sleep apnea? Yes, there are different kinds. OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the tongue and other soft oral tissues relax and cover the airway. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, is related to missed communication between the lungs and brain. Mixed sleep apnea combines features of the other two.

Why do people develop this sleep disorder? Experts at the National Sleep Foundation say that more men than women develop sleep apnea of one kind and severity or another. Obesity and large neck circumference are predisposing factors as are age (60 or older) and alcohol consumption.

Why should sleep apnea be treated? The oxygen deprivation caused by sleep apnea is truly dangerous. Patients exhibit several worrisome symptoms, including:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension

How is this sleep disorder diagnosed? Many people speak to their primary care physicians or dentists about their snoring problems. These health care providers, in turn, refer the patients to the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery for an examination and/or sleep studies. Sleep studies are performed either at home or in a sleep lab, and they reveal all of the information related to a patient's apneic episodes. Five or more episodes of breathing cessation per hour is diagnostic for sleep apnea, according to the the National Sleep Foundation.

What are some common sleep apnea treatments? OSA responds well to oral appliance therapy, which entails using in-the-mouth acrylic guards to hold the jaw forward and open the airway. Best used to treat CSA, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) achieves the same purpose by using a bedside machine to deliver oxygen through a facial mask. Some patients use both kinds of therapies, while others benefit from tonsil-removing surgery or adenoids to stiffen the soft palate.

 

Need sleep apnea treatment? Give us a call!

If you would like to know more about snoring and sleep disorders, please contact the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, for a consultation with one of our doctors. Phone (219) 836-4820 today!

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
February 07, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinus Issues  

From nasal polyps and deviated septums to chronic sinusitis, we handle it all.

Every year, over 31 million Americans deal with sinus infections and over $1 billion is spent on over-the-counter medications to help treat sinus problems. Don’t let your sinus problems affect your quality of life. Our Highland, IN, ENT doctors are here to help.

 

Common Sinus Issues

Facial pressure, difficulty breathing and nasal congestion may be just some of the symptoms you’ll experience if you are dealing with sinus problems. The most common sinus issues include,

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Deviated septum (when the wall that separates the two nasal cavities is crooked or misaligned, which can lead to partial or even full blockages)
  • Nasal polyps (growths that develop within the sinuses or lining of the nose)
  • Allergic rhinitis (also referred to as hay fever)
  • Blockage
  • Respiratory tract infection

Many of these conditions, particularly sinusitis, nasal polyps, and allergies can lead to symptoms such as,

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • A runny or stuffed up nose
  • Facial pain that radiates into the upper teeth
  • Postnasal drip
  • Snoring

 

When to See an Otolaryngologist

While an acute sinus infection alone won’t often warrant someone to visit our Highland, IN, otolaryngologists it is important to understand when you should schedule an evaluation. If your symptoms are persistent or don’t respond to at-home care, it’s time to see us. You should also schedule an appointment if you experience,

  • Trouble breathing
  • Worsening symptoms
  • Recurring ear, throat, or sinus problems
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Double vision
  • Loss of smell or problems with smelling
  • Regular nosebleeds
  • Chronic nasal congestion and facial pressure
  • Headaches with a high fever

While some patients may visit their regular doctor for minor issues like an acute sinus infection or allergies, you may want to turn to an ear, nose and throat physician if you are dealing with worsening or recurring sinus problems. If you are dealing with serious pain or discomfort, don’t wait to get the issue treated.

 

Give Us a Call!

The Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, wants to help you figure out what’s going on with your sinuses and determine how we can treat the issue effectively. If you are losing the battle with your sinuses give us a call today at (219) 836-4820.

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
November 19, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Sinus Condition  

Your ENT specialists in Highland, Indiana can help you breathe easier

Sinus problems are a common occurrence, especially if you have allergies. Your sinus issues can start out as just a stuffed-up nose, and develop into headaches, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. The ear, nose, and throat specialists at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, Indiana can help you feel better.

Sinus problems can result from an allergic response to a substance like pollens, pet dander, grasses and other allergens. Your sinuses can become inflamed, resulting in pain, pressure, and headaches. You can also develop a sinus infection as a result of exposure to bacteria or a fungus. There are some definite signs that point to a potential sinus problem. You need to pay attention to:

  • Persistent, throbbing pain in the area of your sinuses
  • Pain and pressure in your jaws, teeth, nose, or forehead
  • Greenish-yellow discharge from your nose
  • Congestion and persistent coughing
  • A chronic sore throat, earaches or headaches

If you think you are developing sinus problems, you can try some easy solutions at home. Consider:

  • Placing a humidifier in your bedroom to moisten the air and soothe your sinuses
  • Irrigating your sinuses with a saline solution to clear out and soothe nasal passages
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or pain medications to ease pressure

Remember to wash your hands frequently and not touch your mouth, nose, eyes or face. This helps to prevent spreading bacteria that can cause infection. If you smoke, you should stop because smoking causes chronic sinus irritation and can affect your breathing.

For severe, chronic sinus problems, it’s best to visit an expert. At Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery your doctor may recommend:

  • Prescription strength antihistamines, decongestants and antibiotics
  • Prescription strength corticosteroids to reduce sinus inflammation
  • Treatment for allergies including testing, injections and sublingual therapy

For severe sinus conditions, your doctor may recommend sinus surgery including balloon sinuplasty to open your sinuses and help you breathe easier.

Sinus problems can make you miserable, but there is relief. Just pick up your phone and call the ear, nose, and throat specialists at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, Indiana. Call today and breathe easier tomorrow!

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
August 21, 2018
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sore Throat  

What your ENT specialists in Highland want you to know about sore throats

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Sore throats are a common problem for people of all ages. If you are dealing with a sore throat, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Sometimes they go away on their own, but sometimes you may need a little help. That’s where your ear, nose, and throat specialist comes in. The ENT specialists at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, want to share the facts about sore throats and how you can get relief.

 

Many sore throats are caused by allergies, sinus infections, or an illness like the flu. In these cases, you can often find relief from simple therapies you can try at home. Remember to:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of liquids
  • Drink warm tea with honey to soothe your throat
  • Gargle with warm salt water several times during the day
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol
  • Place a humidifier in your bedroom to breathe moist, soothing air

There are other more serious causes of a sore throat, which need to be treated by your ENT specialist. These include:

  • Strep throat, caused by a bacteria (Streptococcus); this condition requires antibiotics to clear up the bacterial infection.
  • Inflamed tonsils, caused by bacteria or a virus; this condition may require antibiotics or removal of the tonsils.
  • Laryngitis, which can be caused by an infection, acid reflux, or abnormal growths on the vocal cords; it’s important to see an ENT specialist to determine what has caused your laryngitis in order to determine the best treatment.

If your sore throat is accompanied by other symptoms, you need to seek help from an ENT specialist right away. Call your ENT specialist at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery if you experience:

  • Severe sore throat pain that lasts longer than 5 to 7 days
  • Sore throat pain without a known cause like allergies or illness
  • Joint pain, a rash, or a fever over 101 degrees
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing or opening your mouth
  • A lump in your neck, earache, or blood in your saliva

For more detailed information about the causes and treatment of sore throats, please visit the Sore Throat page on the website at http://www.indianaent.org/library/3870/SoreThroat.html

If you are dealing with a sore throat, you can get relief! Just pick up your phone and call the ENT specialists at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN. Call today!

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
May 29, 2018
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Dizziness  

Feeling a little lightheaded as of late? The problem could lie within your ears.dizziness

While most people will experience a bout of dizziness at some point during their lifetime, if you are someone who has been dealing with it rather regularly then you may be a bit concerned. “Seeing stars” shouldn’t be a regular occurrence. Of course, dizziness can be a symptom of a lot of issues; however, here are some telltale signs that you may just want to visit our Highland, IN, otolaryngologist for an evaluation.

Circulation Issues

As you might imagine, if you don’t get enough blood flow to certain areas of your body then you may experience dizziness or lightheadedness. This is what happens when you stand up too quickly. While there are many reasons for circulation issues, including a high-salt diet, low blood sugar, emotional stress or anemia, it could also be that you’re not getting enough blood flow to your inner ear. When this happens, vertigo sets in. Vertigo is characterized by a spinning sensation or feeling as if the world around you is moving even though you are standing still.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

This type of vertigo is triggered by a sudden change in head position or swift head movement. This type of vertigo occurs because of dislodged crystals within the ears, which causes you to feel wobbly and unsteady. This is a common cause of dizziness after a head injury and it can last anywhere a few weeks or several months. Luckily, there is therapy to help shift the crystals back into their proper position.

Meniere’s Disease

This disorder affects the inner ear. Along with bouts of vertigo, you may also experience nausea, tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ear) or decreased hearing. Meniere’s disease-related vertigo can last several hours. If you are noticing any changes in your hearing, no matter how small, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away.

Infections

Both bacterial infections and viruses can infect the inner ear, leading to serious and long-term vertigo attacks along with decreased hearing. Since some infections can actually result in hearing loss, if you are noticing muffled or decreased hearing, or an earache, it’s always a good idea to get a proper medical evaluation from us as soon as possible.

Allergies

While it might be surprising to hear, if you are someone who deals with severe allergies then your dizzy spells could be due to this issue. Whether you are allergic to certain foods or airborne allergens like dust or pollen, if you aren’t able to get your allergy symptoms and accompanying dizziness under control then it’s time to talk to our Highland, IN, ENT doctor.

Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, is here to address all of your ear, nose and throat concerns. Whether you are dealing with seasonal allergies, dizziness or a severe sinus infection, we are the medical team to turn to.





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