Ear, Nose & Throat

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There is a wide range of uncomfortable and even painful conditions associated with your ears, nose and throat. So when you experience any symptoms, seek an ears, nose and throat (ENT) specialist for an accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment. Even if you have mild symptoms, an ENT doctor guides you to preventative steps to keep your condition from worsening. Don’t take chances with your ears, nose or throat; call the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, New York.

Technically, the field of medicine that deals with the health of your ears, nose and throat is called otolaryngology. So the medical specialist at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center who treats head and neck disorders is an otolaryngologist. To keep it simple, though, you can refer to this doctor as an ears, nose and throat specialist or an ENT doctor.

Your ENT doctor focuses first on helping you and your family prevent problems. Through early detection and clear instructions, you’re able to avoid many of the ENT problems that may arise. But when you need specific guidance, diagnosis and treatment, expect the best care and personal consideration from Medex, a multi-specialty practice in Queens, NY.

How to Prevent ENT Disorders

Prevention of any type of mental or physical disorder is less expensive, and it produces less pain and suffering, with fewer serious consequences. Begin your healthy preventative lifestyle through a consultation with your primary care physician at Medex. Then, if you run into questions or complications concerning your ears, nose or throat, you can see an ENT specialist from the same practice.

You can’t avoid some ENT problems, such as genetic disorders and birth-related defects. The first line of defense is learning how to prevent the most common issues from arising whenever possible. Your ENT doctor provides you with a number of preventative lifestyle changes you can easily incorporate, such as:

  • Washing your hands frequently to prevent spreading germs
  • Teaching your kids to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water
  • Avoiding exposure to other people who are sick
  • Staying away from second-hand smoke and not smoking yourself
  • Avoiding allergic triggers whenever possible
  • Treating allergies at the first sign of symptoms
  • Leaving excessive earwax in place for your doctor to remove
  • Getting immunizations and vaccines on schedule
  • Eating a healthy diet and getting sufficient rest to bolster your immune system
  • Seeking treatment for co-occurring disorders such as sleep apnea, nasal polyps or hyperparathyroidism
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

Common ENT Disorders

The intricate connections between your nose, mouth and ears allow a multitude of paths for bacteria and viruses to take hold. The earlier you seek treatment, therefore, the better your chance of avoiding more complicated treatments and more serious side effects.

At the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center, the ENT doctors see patients with a multitude of symptoms. Some of the most common ENT disorders that respond to early intervention include:

  • Swimmers ear
  • Ear infections
  • Ringing in ears or tinnitus
  • Fluid in the ear
  • A perforated eardrum
  • Hearing loss
  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Nasal allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nosebleeds
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throats
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux
  • Swallowing problems
  • Throat cancer
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Enlarged adenoids
  • Snoring

When Should You See an ENT Doctor?

You don’t necessarily need to run to the doctor for every sniffle in your household. But when common conditions like a runny nose or a sore throat linger on for days or doesn’t respond to normal over-the-counter remedies, make an appointment with your Medex ENT doctor. Don’t try to self-diagnose. Seek medical guidance when you or your child experience:

  • Impaired senses, such as hearing loss
  • Unexplained bad breath
  • Voice changes
  • Trouble with balance
  • Fever symptoms with a runny nose or other signs of a cold
  • Persistent pain across the bridge of your nose
  • Symptoms of sleep apnea, including fatigue, gasping for air while sleeping or waking up with a dry or sore throat
Young children aren’t always able to clearly explain how they feel, so watch for sudden irritability. Try to notice if they play with or touch their ears throughout the day. Also report a fever, persistent cough or runny nose.

Treatment Is Available in Queens

Your Medex ENT specialist always begins by guiding you to the best self-care and home treatments to deal with ears, nose and throat disorders. If the least invasive solutions don’t provide sufficient relief, more intensive treatments follow. The goal is to restore your health to enable your highest quality of life.

Contact your ENT doctor at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center to learn more about available treatments, including:

  • Ear surgery
  • Stapedectomy
  • Otosclerosis surgery
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Cochlear implants
  • Ear tube surgery
  • Ear wax removal
  • Hearing aids
  • Meniere’s disease treatment
  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Sinus surgery
  • Treatment of thyroid and parathyroid tumors
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Tonsil treatments
  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • Airway obstruction treatment
  • Snoring surgery
  • Facial plastics and reconstruction
  • Rhinoplasty
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