Posts for: March, 2017
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.
Are you concerned that your sore throat could actually be tonsillitis?
Every year bouts of nasty viruses infects countless people, causing common problems like sore throats. Initially, that sore throat might not be something too disconcerting, but our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, offers up some information on the signs that could be pointing to tonsillitis.
While anyone can develop tonsillitis, this condition that results in inflammation of the tonsils is most likely to infect school-age children. Some symptoms of tonsillitis include:
- Inflamed, red tonsils
- Sore throat
- Problems swallowing
- Patches on the tonsils (they may be white or yellow in color)
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Persistent and unexplained bad breath
Children who have tonsillitis might also have increased irritability, may not have an appetite or might even drool if it’s too painful to swallow.
When is it time to visit a doctor?
It isn’t always easy to know when it’s time to visit your New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, ENT doctor. Like most people, you may just wish to put it off until the last minute, but it’s a good idea to call our office and schedule an appointment for you or your child if:
- You have a sore throat that persists for more than 2 days
- If you have severe pain when swallowing
- If you are extremely fatigued or feeling weak
It’s important to seek treatment immediately if you are having trouble breathing or if you are finding it nearly impossible to swallow, or if your child is drooling.
How is tonsillitis treated?
Regardless of whether a viral or bacterial infection is to blame, there are many at-home treatments you can employ to help manage your symptoms to help you feel better fast. Rest is always key when it comes to healing. You should also make sure you stay hydrated. Opt for broths and or even ice cream to help soothe your inflamed throat. To help reduce both pain and swelling you can also choose to gargle with salt water several times a day.
If our doctors determine that a bacterial infection is the cause of your tonsillitis then we will need to prescribe antibiotics. These antibiotics are necessary for fighting the infection and all instructions should be followed exactly, even when you start to feel better.
If you are concerned that your symptoms could be that of tonsillitis then it’s important that you give Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, a call today. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will find relief.
Have you become resigned to living with sinus pain? Although over-the-counter medications can be helpful, sometimes they aren't effective in relieving stubborn or chronic sinus pain. Dr. Andrew Parker, your New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk, CT, ENT, discusses several treatment options that may help relieve your pain.
Identifying the source of your problem
Before a treatment is recommended, it's important to find out why you're experiencing sinus symptoms, including pressure in your forehead and around your eyes, pain in your teeth or neck, headache, congestion, cough and post-nasal drip. The pain may be due to allergies, infections or even obstructions in your nasal passages, such as polyps or bone spurs. You'll receive a thorough examination when you visit Dr. Parker's Norwalk, New Canaan or Westport offices, which will help him determine why you have sinus pain.
Congestion makes it hard to breathe and can increase your discomfort. Oral and nasal prescription-strength decongestants help clear your nasal passages and relieve your symptoms. If your infection hasn't gone away, you'll need to begin a course of antibiotics.
If your problem doesn't respond to any of these treatments, sinus surgery may be recommended. The surgery is used to remove nasal blockages and obstructions that cause chronic sinus pain. Sinus surgery can often be performed using a thin endoscope inserted into your nose. A camera at the end of the endoscope sends images to Dr. Parker's digital monitor, allowing him to clearly identify and treat the cause of your pain.
Sinus pain doesn't have to become a constant part of your life, thanks to a variety of treatment options. Call Dr. Andrew Parker at (203) 866-8121 to schedule an appointment at his Norwalk, New Canaan or Westport, CT, offices.