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Posts for: October, 2016

By Dr. Andrew Parker
October 25, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: tonsillitis   sore throat   throat  

Find out if your sore throat could be due to tonsillitis and what your treatment options are.

Most people can agree that a sore throat is pretty miserable. Not being able to enjoy all your favorite foods because tonsillitisit hurts to swallow can be a downright nuisance. Of course, you may be wondering if your symptoms could be due to an infection like strep or even tonsillitis. From the office of our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, here are some of the telltale signs that you could possibly be dealing with tonsillitis.

Tonsils are the fleshy masses that are found in the back of your throat. They are designed to stop bacteria and germs from entering your body. However, they aren’t infallible and they too can fall victim to an infection. The two most common symptoms of tonsillitis include swelling of the tonsils and a sore throat. Along with these symptoms you may also experience any of these other common symptoms:

  • Blisters on the throat
  • Redness in the back of the throat
  • Tonsils that have a white or yellow coating
  • Problems swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Fever
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

Either bacteria or a virus is usually to blame for tonsillitis. And while this condition is usually more common in children, adults can also develop tonsillitis. Of course, in order to determine your course of treatment our ear, nose and throat specialist will need to determine the cause of your tonsillitis. One of the best ways to determine the cause of your symptoms is to take a quick swab of the throat and send it to a lab to have it tested.

If your results show that your tonsillitis is bacterial then you’ll be given a round of antibiotics to help knock out the infection. If your infection is viral antibiotics won’t be necessary, as they would work to treat tonsillitis caused by a virus. In fact, the body is pretty good at fighting off viral infections without even needing medication. Instead, we may recommend some lifestyle modifications to help speed up your recovery and promote faster healing.

If you truly have tonsillitis it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you are noticing that you experience tonsillitis several times a year then it’s especially important that you call our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT office to find out if getting your tonsils removed is the next best option. Call Parker Ear Nose & Throat today.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
October 25, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Hearing Aids   hearing loss   ears  

Could your changes in hearing be telling you that it’s time to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist?

Millions of Americans are dealing with some form of hearing loss. Whether it’s from years of playing in a band or hearing lossworking in a noisy environment, there are so many reasons why you may now be facing hearing loss. From the office of our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, find out the telltale signs of hearing loss and when to see a medical professional about it.

Are you unsure whether you are dealing with hearing loss or not? Here are some common symptoms people with hearing loss experience:

  • Having to turn up the volume on the TV or radio in order to hear it
  • Having trouble understanding what people are saying, particularly in noisy environments
  • Feeling as if other people’s voices are muffled or that they are mumbling
  • Having to ask people to repeat themselves often
  • Finding that you don’t engage in conversations as much as you would like because you can’t understand everything people around you are saying

If you find yourself nodding your head in agreement with most of these statements then it’s time you talked to our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan ear, nose and throat specialist. If your hearing loss came on suddenly this definitely requires urgent medical attention. Of course, if you’ve started to notice these hearing issues gradually it’s also a good idea to come in and see what we can do for you. We can easily test your hearing and determine the cause and extent of the damage to help you decide which treatment options are right for you and your hearing.

Don’t let hearing loss affect your quality of life. You can get back into the conversation and enjoy talking with friends and family when you turn to our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT office for care. Call Parker Ear Nose & Throat today!

By Dr. Andrew Parker
October 25, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Sinus Pain   nose   sinus   sinus problems  

How do you know if your symptoms are actually caused by sinus issues?

We see countless patients each year who are complaining of sinus issues. Fortunately, there are many solutions our sinus problemsNew Canaan, Westport and Norwalk ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, can offer you that it would be silly not to seek care if your sinuses have been giving you trouble.

It’s important to be able to pinpoint the cause or causes of your sinus problems. This is where our ear, nose & throat specialist in New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk, CT comes in. While allergies are a fairly common issue, nasal dryness, congestion, asthma or sinusitis can all lead to further complications. Of course, no matter what might be triggering your symptoms, here are some at-home tips to tackling your sinus problems:

Stay Cool

Especially as we head into fall and winter season we notice more and more people with dry noses. If you are someone who cranks up the heat in your house but often find yourself battling nasal congestion or morning nosebleeds, then you may need to cut back on the heat. Wrap up in warm, cozy layers and keep the house at a colder and more manageable temperature for your nose.

Avoid Irritants

All we have to do is look under the cupboard and you’ll see a variety of cleaning products that could potentially make your sinus issues worse. From hairsprays to countertop cleanings, if you really need to spray these items around the house, opt for a facial mask to protect your sinuses from the effects of these hazardous fumes.

Bathe Fido

We all love our pets and it can be devastating to find out that our family cat or dog is actually to blame for our symptoms. If you can’t say no to letting your pup sleep with you at night, it’s time you bathe your pet at least once a week to keep pet dander down. Of course, to play it safe it’s always a good idea to designate pet-friendly and no-pet zones so that you have a safe place to go should sinus problems hit.

Use a Humidifier

If you find yourself dealing with a stuffed up noise, putting some humidity back in the air can be beneficial. Use a humidifier in your bedroom every night or take a steamy shower to help open up your passageways and ease some of your sinus pressure.

If your sinus issues are severe, chronic or affecting your day-to-day life, it’s time you called our New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk, CT podiatry office to find out a good course of action for addressing your sinus issues. Call Parker Ear, Nose & Throat today.