Posts for: February, 2020
Allergies don’t have to dictate what you can and can’t do. Get them under control now!
From visiting a friend’s house that is overrun with pets to just trying to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a pollen-heavy day, there are so many reasons why your allergy symptoms might be acting up. The Head and Neck Center, your ENT in Bethlehem, can tell you some of the most common allergy symptoms and what you can do to make life with allergies a bit easier on yourself.
Pinpoint Your Triggers
The next time your allergies flare up, make note of what’s around you or what activities you were doing (e.g. vacuuming; gardening). Write down any patterns you notice and discuss them with your otolaryngologist to figure out what could be to blame for your allergies. Knowing what triggers your symptoms will help you avoid them altogether.
Make Changes to Your Home
It’s always a great idea to chat with your ear, nose and throat doctor about how to reduce your allergy symptoms from the comfort of your own home. After all, your home should be a comfortable abode, not an allergy-riddled lair. If Fido has you sneezing, make sure he gets weekly baths and designate certain rooms as being pet-free (particularly bedrooms). Choose a HEPA-filter air conditioner that will filter out pollen and other outdoor allergens. Keep windows closed, particularly on windy days and make sure to keep all surfaces and furniture dusted and clean.
Consider Your Treatment Options
While you can certainly make a lot of lifestyle changes to improve your allergy symptoms, in most cases you may also require medication to help keep your allergies under control. You may find the proper relief through over-the-counter nasal sprays and other medications, while those with more moderate or serious allergy symptoms will want to turn to their ENT doctor to find out what prescription medication could control your allergies (or whether allergy shots are the best option).
Whether you have questions about managing your allergy symptoms or you want to find out what medication is right for you, give your ENT specialist a call today if your allergies are becoming difficult to tackle on your own. Finding the right allergy relief is just a phone call away.
Find out if the ear problems you are having could actually be due to an ear infection.
There is nothing fun about having ear problems. Of course, it isn’t always easy to tell if the symptoms you are having are warning you of an ear infection. Knowing the symptoms and when to see your otolaryngologist, The Head and Neck Center, P.C in Bethlehem for treatment is very important so you can eliminate the infection and get your ear health back on track. If you think you have an ear infection, here are some of the signs to look for.
An ear infection often comes on suddenly. If you are an adult suffering from an ear infection it’s fairly common to experience ear pain and drainage, as well as muffled or lessened hearing. If you suspect that your child might have an ear infection here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Ear pain
- Discharge from the ear
- Lack of appetite
- Poor balance
- Irritability or fussiness
- Problems sleeping
- Tugging at ear
- Having trouble hearing or responding to others
- Fever of 100 degrees F or higher
While most people don’t immediately see a doctor the minute symptoms arise, you should go ahead and schedule an appointment with your The Head and Neck Center, P.C otolaryngologist if:
- Your symptoms last more than one day
- A child under 6 months old is displaying these symptoms
- Your ear pain is serious
- If your child is having trouble sleeping
- If you notice pus or blood draining from the ears
There are many reasons for an ear infection, whether it’s from a simple illness or swelling of the Eustachian tubes in the ears. Your doctor will talk to you about the symptoms you are experiencing and then examine your ear. If a virus is to blame (which is often the case) then antibiotics will be prescribed. We can also talk to you about other at-home measures you can take to manage your symptoms and reduce pain and discomfort.
If you are concerned that you may have an ear infection then it’s time to call an ear, nose & throat doctor that you can trust. Call our office today and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing. We will try to get you in right away.