Just like there are cardiologists, dermatologists, and gynecologists, there are ENT specialists for conditions related to your ear, nose, and throat. It is one of the oldest medical specialties and the physicians have special training in managing problems related to ears, nose, sinuses, oral cavity, voice box, and upper pharynx along with face and neck structure.
With the dramatic rise in the number of people suffering from problems related to their ears, nose, and throat, it is very common for a lot of people to have several queries with respect to their conditions. Continue reading to find answers to three of the most common questions related to ear, nose and throat conditions.
Q1. Is surgery the only permanent solution for treating sinusitis?
Did you know that one in every eight persons in India suffers from chronic sinusitis? This is a condition that infects the sinus cavities. This is mostly because of an obstruction or inflammation of the sinus pathways. Endoscopic sinus surgery is often recommended in case of chronic sinusitis. However, in most cases, patients can get relief from the problem with the help of antibiotics and nasal decongestants.
Q2. What are the common treatments for snoring?
Obstructive sleep apnoea, being overweight, structural problem with the nose and excessive alcohol consumption before going to bed are some of the common causes of snoring. Only an ENT specialist could tell the underlying reason for your snoring. Depending on the underlying cause, a treatment could be recommended. Losing weight, limiting alcohol consumption before bedtime, treating allergies, nasal strips, and surgeries are some common treatments.
Q3. I hear buzzing sound in my ears all day. What might be the reason?
There are several ear-related conditions which can result in a buzzing, hissing, clicking or roaring sound in one or both of the ears. Some of the most common ones include Tinnitus, Meniere’s Disease, and Presbycusis. If you have the problem for more than a week, you should consult a doctor to know the underlying cause of the condition.
While there now a wide range of treatments for all the different ear, nose, and throat related conditions, early detection could significantly reduce the suffering and help you get timely treatment. While the internet is an excellent way to collect information, it is very important to visit an ENT specialist as soon as possible in order to get the problem diagnosed and get the correct treatment.