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By Dr. Andrew Parker
July 31, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Nosebleeds  

Are you dealing with frequent nosebleeds? Find out what might be going on.nosebleed

While most people will experience a nosebleed at least once in their life, there are others who deal with this problem more regularly. While this is often the result of cold, dry air, it’s important to recognize when a nosebleed might actually be letting you know that there is something else going on. From the office of our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, area otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, find out why nosebleeds occur.

As we mentioned before, a lot of times people will experience nosebleeds in the winter when the weather is colder and drier, leading to cracked dry nasal passages. If you find that your nosebleeds occur during colder months then you might just want to blame the cold New England winters.

If you are someone who can’t leave something alone and may pick or mess around with their nose when it’s already dry or sensitive then you may end up injuring the nasal tissue, resulting in a nosebleed. This is a fairly common reason for nosebleeds in children.

In some cases, a nosebleed may result from the common cold. When there is an infection, your body starts producing histamine, which can cause the blood vessels to dilate. Sometimes the blood vessels dilate within the nose, causing congestion and swelling. As a result, you may find yourself blowing your nose more, which can cause little tears in the lining of the nasal tissue.

If you are someone who battles seasonal allergies then you may also notice that you are more susceptible to nosebleeds. Again, blame your body for producing histamine to help fight your allergy symptoms but also causing that bloody nose.

If you take certain medications such as blood thinners, it can make it more challenging for the body to form a clot to stop the bleeding. When taking this medication even the simplest injury to a blood vessel within the nose could lead to a severe nosebleed.

Sometimes structural problems are to blame. A deviated septum is when the cartilage and bone that separate your left from your right nostril leans more to one side than the other. This can often lead to difficulty breathing through the nose; however, symptoms of a deviated septum are usually so minor that people don’t even realize that they have this deformity until they visit our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT ENT doctor for an evaluation. Since the septum leans more to one side it is prone to drying out, which can cause more frequent nosebleeds.

If you are dealing with severe or persistent nosebleeds and want to find out what’s going on, turn to Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, to get the answers you deserve.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
May 04, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Tonsilitis  

In many cases, a sore throat is just a symptom of a minor cold that will go away on its own, but in some situations, it tonsilitiscould be a sign of a more urgent condition like tonsillitis. Tonsil inflammation, better known as tonsillitis is most common in very young children under the age of 10 and may require surgery. Cases of tonsillitis can be treated by Dr. Andrew Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan and Norwalk, CT. 

What Is Tonsillitis?
When you open your mouth wide enough, you can see your tonsils at the back. They are glands located behind the tongue. When they become inflamed due to a bacterial infection or immunologic reaction, it is called tonsillitis. Some cases are acute, meaning they occur only once, where other cases are recurrent or chronic. Inflammation of the tonsils can be caused by streptococcus bacteria, adenovirus, measles, herpes, and other viruses. Children are more susceptible to this condition because their immune systems are still developing.

Signs of Tonsillitis
Consider these potential signs of tonsillitis and see your New Canaan and Norwalk ENT doctor if they sound familiar:

- Problems swallowing saliva or food.
- Tender, swollen, or painful lymph nodes.
- Enlarged, red, swollen glands at the back of the mouth.
- Sleep apnea (an airway obstruction while sleeping causes loud snoring).
- Tiredness that seems unusual.
- Unpleasant mouth odor or taste in the mouth.
- Fever and/or  headache .

Tonsillitis Treatment
The first course of treatment your doctor will consider is antibiotic therapy. It will neutralize any bacterial infections that are causing the inflammation. Fluid therapy is used in cases where the patient is dehydrated. In some cases, pain medication may be prescribed to help minimize discomfort for the patient. In cases where the airway could be obstructed or it’s a chronic problem, a surgical procedure called a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal) may be recommended.

Have Inflamed Tonsils Examined and Treated
Chronic or recurrent cases of tonsillitis should be reviewed by an ENT to determine the proper treatment. Call 203-866-8121 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Parker at his office in New Canaan or Norwalk, CT.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
January 11, 2018
Category: Sleep Issues
Tags: Snoring  

Find out why this seemingly innocuous bedtime habit should be treated.

Snoring is a problem that happens to a lot of people. While the occasion snoring-riddled sleep may not be a cause for snoringconcern, if you are someone who is snoring loudly and often then our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, is here to tell you why it’s a good idea to treat this sleep issue right away.

Why should you treat snoring?

Most people assume that snoring is just an annoying habit but nothing to really worry about; however, your evening snore sessions could be trying to tell you that you have a more serious health problem. After all, the majority of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are also chronic, loud snorers.

If you are someone who snores regularly, if you find yourself fighting daylong exhaustion, if you find yourself prone to mood swings or if you have trouble concentrating these could all be signs of OSA and you should be evaluated by our New Canaan and Norwalk otolaryngologist as soon as possible.

If you decide not to treat this problem this could lead to some potentially serious issues for your health. Untreated OSA has been linked to numerous health problems including diabetes, heart attack, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke and heart disease. Plus, those who fight the daytime exhaustion that comes with OSA are also less likely to perform as well at work and are prone to injuries (e.g. car accidents; work-related injuries). To prevent these problems from happening it’s important that you seek an evaluation if you are someone who snores regularly.

How can an ENT specialist help?

Here at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat, we offer a solution known as the Pillar Procedure to safely eliminate snoring and to even provide relief for those dealing with mild-to-moderate OSA. This is a great option for someone who hates the idea of wearing a facemask to bed every night in order to treat their snoring and OSA.

Instead, this quick and minimally invasive procedure targets excess soft palate tissue, which can be responsible for OSA. When you come into our office for this procedure we will first apply a local anesthesia to numb the area. Then small implants are placed into the soft palate where over time the implants will help to stiffen the soft palate to prevent the vibrations responsible for snoring while also keeping the tissue from collapsing and obstructing the airways (another common issue for those with OSA).

If you are living in Norwalk or New Canaan, CT, and are looking for an effective way to treat your snoring issues then give us a call today. Parker Ear, Nose & Throat would be happy to discuss your options with you to help you finally catch those ZZZs.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
October 03, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: sinus problems  

Have your sinus symptoms been lasting for weeks on end with no relief?sinus problems

Have you ever experienced symptoms that seemed like a cold but lasted several more weeks than a common cold should? If so, then what you may have been dealing with was a sinus infection (also known as sinusitis). If you are currently dealing with congestion, nasal blockage, facial pressure and pain, and throat irritation then chances are good that a sinus infection could be to blame. Our Norwalk, CT, otolaryngologist Dr. Andrew Parker is here to tell you how to treat your symptoms and when to schedule an appointment.

Unlike a cold, a sinus infection can easily last about four weeks. If it’s a viral sinus infection then your symptoms will typically only last about 10 days and not get progressively worse, while those with a bacterial sinus infection will experience symptoms that last much longer. You may even notice that symptoms get better before they get worse again.

It’s important to pinpoint whether a virus or bacterial infection is to blame because this will determine how our Norwalk, CT, ENT doctor will treat the issue. Common treatment options for tackling your sinus infection include:

Medications

This may include over-the-counter or prescription decongestants, or other pain and anti-inflammatory medications, allergy medications (if your sinus infection is due to allergies) and even steroids (for more serious symptoms).

At-Home Remedies

Using a humidifier, particularly in the bedroom, can help provide the moisture you need in the air to ease symptoms (especially while sleeping). Try a Neti pot or saline solution to target nasal congestion and blockages. Apply a warm compress over the face to alleviate pain and pressure.

When to Consider Surgery?

If you have severe chronic sinusitis that cannot be managed with other treatment options then it might be time to talk to our ENT specialist in Norwalk, CT, about whether you could benefit from sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty.

If your symptoms aren’t responding to treatment or if your symptoms get worse then it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our Norwalk, CT, ENT office to get to the bottom of your problem. Get the relief you need to breathe easier!

By Dr. Andrew Parker
June 21, 2017
Category: Sleep Issues
Tags: Sleep Apnea   CPAP  

A lack of sleep may be the most obvious consequence of sleep apnea, but it's not the most serious one. If you don'tSleep Apnea receive treatment for the condition, it can cause serious health problems. Our Westport, New Canaan, and Norwalk, CT, otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, explains how sleep apnea affects your body.

The problem

Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing many times during the night. Although the pauses may only last 10 seconds, the cumulative effect of multiple breathing pauses deprives your brain of oxygen, which increases your risk of developing a range of health problems. Sleep apnea occurs when air can't travel freely from your nose to your lungs. The condition may occur if the walls of your throat become so relaxed that they collapse during sleep or your tongue falls into your airway. Obesity increases your risk of sleep apnea, as does having enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

The consequences

If you ignore sleep apnea, you might develop heart disease and stroke. The condition raises the risk of irregular heartbeat, heart failure, heart attack or high blood pressure. Every time your blood oxygen level decreases due to a breathing pause, your blood pressure increases. Over time, these drops can be very damaging to your heart. If you're a man, your risk of heart disease may rise significantly. According to the results of a research study published in PLOS Medicine, men aged 40 to 70 with severe sleep apnea had twice the risk of dying as men who did not have the condition.

Sleep apnea also increases your risk of developing certain diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and metabolic syndrome. When you don't get enough sleep, it may be more difficult to concentrate at work or when you drive, which can make it more likely that you'll suffer an accident. Depression may also be a problem if you have sleep apnea. People who have the condition often report difficulty losing weight or suffer from morning headaches.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Treatment for sleep apnea involves keeping your airway open while you sleep. If a sleep study reveals that you have sleep apnea, we may recommend that you use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine when you visit our Westport, New Canaan, and Norwalk office. The machine delivers a continuous flow of air via a small mask while you sleep, preventing breathing pauses. The alternative to CPAP would be UPPP or Uvula of tonsils or a jaw repositioning device.

Don't put your health at risk due to sleep apnea. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call our Westport, New Canaan, and Norwalk, CT, otolaryngologist, Dr. Parker, at (203) 866-8121 to schedule an appointment.





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