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Are you dealing with frequent nosebleeds? Find out what might be going on.
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.
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 could 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 .
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.
Have your sinus symptoms been lasting for weeks on end with no relief?
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:
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).
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!
Living with a deviated septum not only makes breathing a little more difficult but can also increase your risk of frequent sinus infections. Dr. Andrew Parker, who specializes in ear, nose and throat conditions in Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport, CT, explains how you may benefit from septoplasty, a surgical procedure that corrects deviated nasal septums.
What is a deviated septum?
Your nasal septum is a thin sheet of bone and cartilage between your nostrils. Ideally, each of your nostrils should be the same size. If you have a deviated septum, one side is larger the other. Some people are born with deviated septums, while others develop the problem after a blow to the nose. The condition is very common. In fact, the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery reports that 80 percent of septums aren't centered correctly. If the condition is only mild, you'll never need surgery. However, if you have chronic sinusitis or breathing issues, a septoplasty can help improve your symptoms.
How is septoplasty performed?
Septoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient surgical procedure in the Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport area. You won't have to worry about unsightly scars when you have a septoplasty. The surgery is performed through an incision made inside your nose. During the procedure, the lining of your nose will be carefully separated from the bone and cartilage. After your septum is straightened, the lining will be moved back into place. In some cases, it may also be necessary to remove bone spurs or other obstructions during the surgery. Because you'll receive general anesthesia before the procedure begins, you won't feel a thing.
What is the recovery period like?
Your nose will be sore for at least several weeks after septoplasty, although the pain will probably begin to decrease after the first week. You'll receive prescription medications that will help control your pain.
When you leave the outpatient surgical center, your nose will be packed with cotton that to help keep bleeding under control. The packing can usually be removed in a day or two. Once the swelling subsides, you should start to notice an improvement in your breathing.
Are you tired of living with constant sinusitis due to a deviated septum? Correcting the problem with a septoplasty may provide relief. Call Dr. Parker in Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport, CT, at (203) 866-8121 to schedule an appointment to learn if you are a good candidate for septoplasty.
Could it be spring allergy season again or is your sinus pain being caused by something else?
It seems like the same old song and dance. You wake up with a scratchy throat. You have red watery eyes and a runny nose that just won’t quit. But today, maybe symptoms are starting to feel a bit different. You may even be wondering if perhaps this could be more than just allergies. Our New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport, CT, otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, offers up some convenient ways to distinguish between allergy-related sinus problems and other conditions.
There are many things that can lead to sinus pain and pressure but the three most common culprits tend to be a sinus infection, common cold and allergies. The problem is that it can be very challenging to figure out what could be causing your symptoms. Here are some ways to determine what might be to blame:
Would you classify your “sinus pain” as a feeling of fullness in your face? You may feel achy pressure around the nose and even under the eyes. It may also be accompanied by fever, headaches, post-nasal drip and what feels like a toothache (this is really just referred pain). Through a physical inspection of the nasal passages, our New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport ENT doctor can often determine if your symptoms are due to a sinus infection.
Sinus infection treatment: A sinus infection may just go away on its own or it may require a prescription. If you find that your symptoms persist for over a week, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
While you’ve probably had a cold before, you may not always be able to distinguish if your sinus pain and pressure is the result of a cold or something more. Along with this pain, you may also have a runny or stuffed nose or develop a persistent cough or sneeze. If you do develop a fever, these cold-related fevers tend to be fairly mild.
Common cold treatment: Your body has the ability to fight off a cold on its own, but you will want to make sure that you give yourself the proper care you need such as staying hydrated and resting as much as possible. If you don’t see an improvement after a week then give us a call.
Some allergies can masquerade as the common cold with symptoms such as a runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, and sneezing. Of course, you may be more likely to experience a sudden attack of these symptoms rather than gradually noticing them over time.
Allergy treatment: A lot will depend what you are allergic to. We can provide you with helpful tips for keeping your home as allergen-free as possible, but we can also prescribe medications to manage severe or chronic allergy symptoms.
Don’t let sinus pain get you down. If you’ve been fighting symptoms for far too long and can’t find the relief you need then it’s time you turned to the professionals at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport, CT, to get to the bottom of your sinus issues.