Don’t let a sinus infection get you down, especially during the colder months.
Soon the weather will get chillier and our furnaces will be working overtime to keep us warm. Unfortunately, all this indoor heat can dry our sinuses out. As you might imagine, our Springfield, MA, otolaryngologists see a lot more sinus pain cases during the winter months.
How do I know that I have a sinus infection?
You may have a sinus infection if you are experiencing:
- Nasal congestion
- A stuffy nose
- Facial pain and pressure that may radiate to the upper teeth
- Nasal discharge
- Postnasal drip
- A sore, irritated throat (usually caused by postnasal drip)
Can I treat a sinus infection on my own?
If symptoms are minor you may choose to alleviate them with over-the-counter medications to see if the problem goes away by itself. At-home treatment options include:
- A Neti Pot or nasal irrigation
- Over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines
- Nasal saline and corticosteroid sprays
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
When should you see a doctor?
If you have symptoms of a sinus infection that hasn’t gone away after 10 days, or if symptoms return then it’s a good idea to visit your Springfield, MA, ENT doctor for further evaluation. If you experience recurring sinus infections or sinus infections that happen four or more times a year then you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis.
How will a doctor treat my sinus pain?
If you have a bacterial sinus infection your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. In other cases, the bacterial infection may actually go away without antibiotics. Those with severe bacterial sinus infections are more likely to require antibiotics.
If your doctor discovers that your allergies may be causing recurring sinusitis then immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be able to help you reduce your allergy symptoms and your chances of developing sinus infections throughout the year.
If you are dealing with chronic sinusitis that isn’t responding to at-home care then your doctor may talk to you about whether you could benefit from balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive procedure designed to open up the blocked nasal cavities.
Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England is proud to serve the Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, areas. If you are fighting sinus pain this winter call our office today to get the treatment you need to breathe easier. Call (413) 732-7426 for our Springfield, MA, office, (413) 586-2033 for our Northampton, MA, office, or (413) 967-2249 for our Ware, MA, office.
You and your physician at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA agree that you should begin wearing hearing aids. These state-of-the-art digital devices literally change people's lives. Do you have questions about hearing aid?
Frequently asked questions about hearing aids
Will my hearing aid help me right away? Hearing aids help people with sensorineural hearing loss. This damage to the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear changes how well you understand speech and other sounds particularly in noisy environments. The American Academy of Otolaryngology states that most people adjust to their hearing aids over a period of weeks. These experts recommend you experiment with your hearing aids in a variety of environments and pay attention to improvements in your day to day function.
My audiologist says my hearing aids feature digital technology. What does this mean? Your Springfield hearing aids feature the latest in sound reception and transmission with fully programmable features. Your audiologist can adjust your device to receive and interpret a wide range of sound frequencies for individualized hearing correction. Simply put, your hearing aid is not just a little speaker. It is a completely customizable device suited to your needs and preferences.
I will be wearing a behind-the-ear hearing aid. Why is this type best for me? Your ENT physician and audiologist confer on the results of your physical examination and audiology tests such as tone audiometry and word recognition. Then, the audiologist recommends the devices suited to your hearing loss and your lifestyle. Typically, behind-the-ear devices help people with mild to even profound losses and with tinnitus, a buzzing or roaring sound in the ears. These hearing aids are fully programmable and interface with TVs and cell phones.
How long will my hearing aid last? Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England offers innovative Northeast Hearing Instruments. Available in a variety of styles, these hearing aids last for five to 10 years or longer with good care. Your audiology staff provides ongoing hearing aid service to all patients.
Is care difficult? No, it's not. Simply replace your batteries as needed, keep your hearing aid dry and avoid applying hair spray or other hair care products while you are wearing your hearing aid.
Hear what you are missing
There's no need to suffer with hearing loss. Today's hearing aids are simply amazing. To learn more, schedule a consultation with one of our audiologists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England. You'll love the help you receive and the improvement in your hearing! We have three convenient locations in Springfield, Northhampton, and Ware, MA.
How your ENT specialists in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can help you hear better
Maintaining a high hearing ability is an essential part of our lives. After all, when you lose your hearing, you also lose some ability to interact with others and enjoy your life overall. Fortunately, if you are one of the over 30% of adults over age 65 who are affected by hearing loss, there is help.
With several convenient office locations in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, the ENT specialists here at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England can help you hear better. They offer hearing testing to determine your level of hearing loss, as well as a variety of treatment solutions, including:
- Laser microsurgery: Known as a stapedectomy, this is an effective treatment for otosclerosis, a condition that causes hearing loss due to a reduction of vibrational energy. Bones grow around the bones of hearing, causing sclerosis.
- Cochlear implants: This treatment is a great solution for severe hearing loss or when hearing aids are not an effective solution for the condition. Cochlear implants are surgically placed and work to stimulate the hearing nerve. Cochlear implants can restore the ability to hear general atmosphere sounds as well as speech.
- Bone-anchored hearing aids: Also known as BAHAs, bone-anchored hearing aids are an excellent treatment option for single-sided hearing loss, or hearing loss associated with ear canal problems; BAHAs are implanted behind the ear and have a component that transfers sound through to the bone near the inner ear.
To protect your hearing, it’s also important to have your hearing tested at least once every 10 years through age 50, and every 3 years after age 50. To find out more about hearing testing and state-of-the-art treatment options for hearing loss, call the ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, with offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, Massachusetts. Call today and hear better soon!
How Botox from your ENT specialists in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can rejuvenate your face
You’ve probably heard about Botox—after all, it is one of the most popular facial rejuvenation options available today! With several convenient locations in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, the ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England offer Botox to rejuvenate your face. Read on to learn how you can look younger and better thanks to this treatment!
More about Botox
Aging can wreak havoc on your skin, especially in exposed areas like your face. Over time, your skin becomes drier and collagen production is reduced. Due to these factors, when you show facial expressions like smiles and frowns, your skin doesn’t snap back as it did when you were younger. Instead, fine lines and wrinkles form.
Facial rejuvenation procedures like Botox can diminish the early signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles that appear around your eyes, nose, and mouth. Botox helps minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles like these:
- Crow's feet, small lines that appear at the corners of your eyes
- Smile and laugh lines, which run from your nose to your mouth
- Furrows, the deep lines appearing across your forehead
- Glabella, the deep lines appearing between your eyebrows
Botox is very effective to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and there are many other reasons to choose Botox. Consider that Botox is:
- Safe, with a long history of clinical testing and approval by the Food and Drug Administration
- Quick, because you will see visible results within 2 to 4 days after your first treatment
- Effective, because after Botox treatment, your skin will look younger and more radiant
For more detailed information about facial rejuvenation procedures including Botox, please visit the Facial Rejuvenation section on the website at https://www.entsurgeons.us/botox--xeomin-injections.html
Interested? Give Us a Call!
You deserve to look great and Botox can help. You need to discover the many reasons to choose Botox. To find out more about what Botox can do for you, call the ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, with offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA. Call today!
Are you suffering from hoarseness? Do you want to know more about hoarseness and its causes?
Your Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England located in Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA, can help you understand your symptom and how to treat hoarseness.
What is hoarseness?
This is when you have an abnormal voice. It's raspy and strained. You'll also notice your voice varying in pitch and volume. Hoarseness isn't a disease but a symptom.
What causes hoarseness?
Hoarseness is a result of disorders in the larynx, also known as the voice box.
Examples of issues include:
- Common cold
- Upper respiratory tract viral infection
- Voice abuse
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Thyroid problems
- Neurological disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Trauma to the voice box
Note that if your hoarseness lasts for too long, this may be a sign of larynx cancer.
Other examples of when you may suffer from hoarseness according to your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield doctor:
- Voice Change: Cancers may result in a hoarse voice. You'll need to speak to an otolaryngologist that specializes in head and neck issues.
- Persistent Earache: This may be a result of several things, like an infection or tumor. Make sure you speak with your otolaryngologist if you have questions.
Doctors evaluate your health by determining the severity of your hoarseness in relation to how long it has persisted. Other procedures used include:
- Lab tests
- Test thyroid function
- Physical exam
How to Improve your Health:
- You should quit smoking
- Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol because of dehydration
- Avoid standing with people who smoke (second-hand smoking)
- Drink more water and humidify your home
- Try to avoid eating spicy food and, as mentioned above, alcohol
- Relax your voice by not straining it
If you have any questions or concerns about a persistent hoarse voice, call your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA, doctor at Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England.
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