When to See an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist

Often times, people don’t even know this kind of doctors exist. However to break it down, an ENT is a doctor that specializes in ear, nose, and throat diseases.

When to see the ENT

When do you need to see the ENT? Often times, people don’t even know this kind of doctors exists. However, to break it down, an ENT is a doctor that specializes in ear, nose, and throat diseases. And oftentimes, these are the doctors that adults or kids would go to should their pediatrician not be available. Other times, ENTs offer other things such as helping get a hearing aid for children who have difficulty hearing.

However, when do you see an ENT? Often times when we have nose problems, we often dismiss it as a common cold. But there are times that you have to see them otherwise it may get worse. Here are some questions you can ask yourself before you decide to see the ENT.

When to See the ENT: Questions to Ask

Has my throat been hurting for more than 2 days?

Sometimes, throat problems occur due to the dryness of weather or even allergies. Severe allergies can include severe peanut allergies which can cause the throat to swell from the overreaction of the immune system. Other throat symptoms also can include enlarged lymph nodes under the chin or even the loss of voice.

Loss of voice can happen due to several reasons. Some reasons include straining the voice. Maybe from cheering or performing. Other times, it may be caused by cysts. However, this is a rare case. Often times, those who have cysts in their throat can feel and taste blood in their throat. And this is often due to overuse of their vocal cords. People who have this issue are often singers who have often belted out high notes for their music.

Has my ability to hear been decreasing?

Whether it’s a large amount of ear wax that just got stuck in the ear or it’s a damage to the eardrum then, you should go see an ENT. While some people opt more to clean their ear themselves, there are some cases where the earwax hardens into a solid rock making it hard to remove. In this case, the ENT would intervene either through surgery or through other methods in order to take out the earwax.

Other times, parents take their children to an ENT when they realize their child cannot hear or have difficulty hearing. An ENT would be the one to scan the ear and to check if there’s any damage to the eardrums.

Have I been losing balance lately?

Now, this appears a little far-fetched but if you look into the anatomy of the ear, there is an organ that sustains a human’s balance. This part of the ear is known as the vestibule. When damaged, the individual can suffer a lack of balance and even sometimes suffer from vertigo. If a patient suffers from vertigo and lack of balance, they are taken to an ENT who will then examine the vestibular region to see if that part of their ear is damaged. If damaged, the ENT may recommend a form of therapy to help them regain some of their balance. Or, they may recommend medicine to help cope with vertigo.

Has my breathing been weird?

When colds get persistent, they often are found through having runny noses. And since the nose is linked to the respiratory system, an ENT can have a look into the nose first to see if there are any other problems that are causing the runny nose. It can also involve fixing someone’s sleep apnea when the snoring blocks the airways in the nose. They also do allergy testing for those who often get runny noses from being exposed to an allergen.

They also treat sinus related headaches should the person be suffering from a sinus headache. A sinus headache is often caused by the blockage of air through the nose which deprives the body of oxygen.

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