An ENT specialist is a doctor who treats conditions related to the ears, nose and throat, as well as certain issues related to the head and neck. They are also referred to as otolaryngologists. As you can imagine, this means ENTs treat a variety of different medical issues.
Let’s look at a few of the many conditions they treat and signs you should make an appointment with an ENT specialist.
ENT specialists can help diagnose, treat and manage a variety of different ear conditions including, but not limited to:
- Middle ear infections
- Swimmer’s ear (outer ear infection)
- Earwax buildup
- Abnormal growths in the ear
- Balance issues
- Temporary hearing loss
Many people have an ear issue of some sort during their lives. For example, roughly one in ten people will experience an outer ear infection at some point.
If your ear issue resolves on its own within a few days, then there’s probably no need to see a doctor. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms persistently or if they continue to get worse, reach out and seek medical attention:
- Ear pain
- Muffled hearing
- Fullness or pressure in the ear
- Ringing in the ear
- Dizziness or balance issues
ENT specialists can manage many conditions relating to the nose, nasal cavity and sinuses. They deal with problems that affect your ability to smell and breathe normally. Some issues they treat include:
- Sinus infections
- Nasal congestion
- Deviated septum
- Nasal polyps
- Loss of smell
- Frequent nosebleeds
If you’ve been dealing with chronic stuffiness, sinus pain or other nasal issues, an ENT specialist can help figure out what is causing your symptoms as well as how to treat them.
Disorders of the throat can affect your ability to swallow, speak, eat and sleep. Throat conditions treated by ENT specialists include:
- Voice and swallowing disorders
- Acid reflux
- Thyroid conditions
- Throat cancer
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Consider scheduling an appointment if you experience any of the following:
- Frequent heartburn
- Throat pain that lasts more than a few days or is severe
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of voice or a change in your voice
- Burning sensation in the throat
Visiting an ENT Can Help
If you have these or other ear, nose or throat symptoms that interfere with your life, don’t hesitate to contact a specialist. Finding the right treatment and feeling better can significantly improve your quality of life and make everything from working, sleeping or enjoying a latte at Copper Star Coffee much easier.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Arizona Desert Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists today.