The ear, nose, and throat doctor – also known as an otolaryngologist – may be a health care specialist you need to visit for medical conditions related to those parts of your body. Allergies, infections, and common sinus infections are all reasons you might be referred to an ENT specialist by your regular physician.
Otolaryngologists treat a variety of short-term and chronic conditions including:
- Chronic ear infections
- Throat infections/inflammation
- Recurring sinus infections/conditions
- Gland swelling in throat or neck
- Hearing loss/conditions
- Upper respiratory infections/distress
Many of the infections are treated with antibiotic treatments or other drug therapies. Recurrent conditions often require surgery or treatment on an in-patient basis. Many conditions affecting the ear, nose or throat can also be treated on an outpatient basis. The ENT specialist will be able to evaluate, diagnose and treat the variety of conditions affecting the head region and respiratory system.
The first visit will require an analysis of past medical conditions and treatments as well as a thorough evaluation for a proper diagnosis. It is best to bring your prescription medications with you on our first visit or at least provide a list for the doctor’s records. This is important for future drug treatment to ensure medications are compatible.
Conditions treated by an ENT can often be serious and contagious so it is important to seek medical treatment right away and get started on the drug therapy treatments. Conditions left untreated can lead to more serious problems such as when infections in the ear lead to permanent hearing loss.
Remember to bring your insurance card on your first visit as well as your primary physican’s referral documentation. Any medical history or family history of chronic conditions should also be noted to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your conditions.