Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat Conditions (Sore Throat, Eye Infections, Ear Ache, Sinus)
Our Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat Condition Services Include:
“Ear, eye, nose and throat conditions such as ear aches, nasal congestion, sore throats and eye infections are some of the most frequent reasons for clinic visits. Although these complaints are common, we realize that they can make you feel quite miserable, and it is also important that you come in to see us before the condition increases in seriousness.”
The branch of medicine that deals with conditions affecting the ears, eyes, nose and throat is called otolaryngology. We are trained to recognize and treat common ailments affecting these areas. Ear aches, eye infections, sore throats and sinus infections affect millions of people every year and can lead to complications when left treated. At the very least, they can make you feel quite ill and cause you to miss work.
Many of these conditions are self-limiting, but it can be difficult to know the difference between a simple viral infection and a more serious bacterial infection or other condition if you are not a physician. When in doubt, it is best to make an appointment and come in to see me, especially considering that many of these conditions are contagious. You needn’t ever feel that you are wasting our time coming to see us for what maybe a simple infection because it’s better to be safe than sorry! It’s our job to offer advice regarding your condition and offer treatment, such as an antibiotic, if warranted.
The following ear conditions are common and often require a visit to our office:
- ear wax
- hearing loss
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- ear ache (inner ear pain)
- ear drainage
- outer ear pain
Any condition affecting the eye is potentially serious and should be evaluated immediately, particularly if you experience sudden changes in your vision or have sudden eye pain. The following is a list of common eye symptoms that we see on a routine basis:
- foreign body in the eye
- eye redness
- eye swelling
- eyelid spasm/drooping
- eye pain/sensitivity to light
- watery eye/discharge from the eye
- sudden vision change
The Nose and Throat
Nose and throat problems are often caused by viral or bacterial infections, but may be caused by other conditions as well. If your symptoms last longer than a few days, it is best to have your symptoms evaluated:
- nasal congestion/stuffiness
- bloody nose (epistaxis)
- sore throat/throat pain
- difficulty swallowing
- sinus pain
- postnasal drip
When you come to see us in the clinic with symptoms related to your eyes, ears, nose or throat, we will examine you. We’ll discuss the likely cause of your symptoms, and then decide how best to treat you. If your condition is caused by a virus and can’t be helped by an antibiotic, we can discuss over the counter remedies that may help you to feel better until your symptoms have resolved. we can also tell you whether your condition is likely contagious and how you can prevent the spread of infection. If your condition is one that should be evaluated by an ENT specialist, we won’t hesitate to refer you.
Do you have an ear ache, cold symptoms that just won’t go away or a sore throat that’s making you feel miserable? Make an appointment to see us today and discover the Advance Primary Care difference.