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By Dr. Andrew Parker
November 07, 2019
Tags: sore throat  

How your otolaryngologist in Norwalk, CT, can help you feel better

If you have a sore throat, you’re not alone. It’s a very common problem and it can be caused by many different things. Your treatment willSore-Throat depend on what is causing your sore throat. Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT can help you feel better.

Causes of Sore Throats

A sore throat can be caused by a virus like a cold or the flu. In many cases, the sore throat will go away when the virus does. If your sore throat lasts for more than 5 to 7 days, it’s time to see your otolaryngologist.

A bacterial infection may also cause a sore throat. One of the most common bacterial infections is strep throat, caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. Dr. Parker can do an easy test to determine if you have strep throat. If your test is positive, he will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection and clear up your sore throat.

Tonsillitis is a common cause of sore throats in children. Tonsils can become infected and enlarged, causing breathing problems and other uncomfortable symptoms. Antibiotics, and over-the-counter pain medications and fever reducers are common treatments which help with tonsillitis. For severe cases, your otolaryngologist may recommend removing the tonsils.

Sinusitis Post-nasal drip caused by sinusitis or allergies can irritate your throat, resulting in pain and inflammation.

Injuries Have you ever developed a sore throat after a particularly exciting football game? Yelling or singing for long periods can cause a minor injury to the throat. Throat injuries may also occur if you experience neck trauma.

Don’t suffer with a sore throat when help is just a phone call away. Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT. Call (203) 866-8121 and get relief from your sore throat.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
August 21, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Aid  

Hearing loss, just like any other problem, requires prompt attention and care. While ideally, it should be obvious to know when hearing loss has occurred, sometimes the problem can gradually sneak up on us. Here are some of the signs that you or someone you love may want to turn to our Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, for a hearing evaluation:

You Always Turn Up the Volume

A volume that may be perfectly normal for everyone else around you to hear may not be loud enough for you. You may regularly turn up the volume on the TV or radio in order to properly hear it, which may elicit complaints from those around you. If you find that friends, family, or colleagues are voicing complaints about the volume of your media or voice, you may want to see a hearing professional here at our Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, office.

It’s Difficult Hearing Others in a Crowd

Do you find that your hearing gets lost in the crowd? Is it difficult to understand what others are saying in noisy environments such as a busy restaurant? This is another telltale sign of hearing loss. It may cause you to disengage from conversation or ask people to repeat themselves often. Does this sound like you? If so, it’s time to give us a call.

You Catch Yourself Saying “What?” A Lot

Do you constantly have to ask people to repeat themselves when they are talking to you? Not only is this frustrating for you, but it’s also frustrating for people who are trying to communicate with you. If “what” has become a part of your daily vernacular, it’s time to get your hearing checked.

There is a Ringing in Your Ears

While ringing in the ears (also known as tinnitus) doesn’t necessarily mean that you have hearing loss often times the two do go together, particularly if hearing loss is due to exposure to loud and excessive noises. Either way, if you’re experiencing ringing in the ears you’ll want to go ahead and undergo a simple hearing test to make sure that you aren’t dealing with substantial hearing loss.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are having trouble hearing those around you it’s time you did something about it. Call Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, today at (203) 866-8121 to schedule a consultation.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
May 09, 2019
Category: Sleep Issues
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

The answer to better sleep could lie in treating your persistent snoring.

Does your partner complain that your snoring is out of control and it keeps them up at night? Are your snoring issues getting worse as you sleep apneaget older? Something could be an indicator that something more serious like sleep apnea is going on. Our Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, otolaryngologist Dr. Andrew Parker can help determine what’s causing your snoring and the best solution to give you a better (and quieter) night’s rest.

 

When Snoring is a Problem

While many people may snore occasionally due to alcohol consumption, allergies or a cold, if you are someone who snores loudly and quite frequently this could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. During OSA, the upper airways constrict or collapse, blocking off air as well as oxygen to the blood.

Those with OSA do not get the quality rest they need, which can lead to problems throughout the day. If OSA goes untreated this can also lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

While the snorer often won’t notice any symptoms it’s usually their bed partner who alerts them to the issue that is going on. It’s important not to ignore these complaints, as they could be indicators that something more serious is going on with your health. Symptoms of OSA include,

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Daytime fatigue and exhaustion
  • Waking up throughout the night gasping for air
  • Pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth or sore throat
  • Mood swings
  • Brain fog and trouble concentrating
  • Issues with high blood pressure

 

How an Otolaryngologist Can Help

Here in Norwalk CT, our ENT doctors are dedicated to helping you control your symptoms to get restorative sleep and to prevent certain serious and chronic health problems. First, we will go through your medical history and ask you questions regarding your symptoms.

We will also perform a full examination of the nose, mouth, neck and throat. We will also check for any problems such as a nasal obstruction or infection that could be causing your snoring. If we suspect that your snoring is due to OSA we may recommend undergoing a home sleep study to diagnose your sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is often treated with CPAP therapy, Pillar implants, or surgery in some cases.

If you or a loved one is a chronically loud snorer then it’s high time that you turned to ENT specialist Dr. Andrew Parker in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, that can treat this issue properly. If you snore or think you may be dealing with sleep apnea, then it’s time to give us a call. Call (203) 866-8121.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
March 18, 2019
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aid  

How your doctor in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, can help you counteract hearing loss

Have you been thinking about getting a hearing aid? The truth is, hearing loss is a common occurrence, especially as you get older. Hearing AidHowever, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the sounds of everyday life and avoid social situations. With the help of Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, you can find a wide range of hearing aid solutions. The only question is, which hearing aid type is right for you?

 

More about Hearing Aids

So, how do you know if you need a hearing aid? Some of the early signs and symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Hearing indistinct speech and sounds
  • Difficulty distinguishing words from background noise
  • Needing people to speak clearly and loudly
  • Inability to pick out consonants in words
  • Avoiding social situations because you can’t hear

Your ENT specialist will perform thorough testing to determine your level of hearing loss and whether a hearing aid will benefit you. If you need a hearing aid, your ENT specialist can help you decide which hearing aid is best for you, based on your lifestyle, budget, and other factors.

At Parker Ear, Nose & Throat, you can choose from several different hearing aid types, including:

  • In-the-ear, which cover the entire outer portion of your ear
  • In-the-canal, a less visible hearing aid which fits fully or partially into your ear canal
  • Receiver-in-canal, which have a hearing aid speaker inside your ear canal
  • Extended wear, which are placed inside your ear canal to be worn for months
  • Middle ear implants, which are implanted behind your eardrum

To find out more about how hearing aids can help you, call Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, today! Both offices can be reached at (203) 866-8121.

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.





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