ENT Blog
By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
March 17, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinusitis  

Dr. Andrew Pestcoe at The Head and Neck Center can treat many conditions and help you overcome multiple health issues. For example, he can manage sinusitis in Bethlehem, Allentown, PA, and ensure that this disease doesn't affect your life for too long. Understanding this condition can help you manage it more effectively and speed your recovery time.

What Is This Condition?

When the sinuses inside your nose become inflamed and swollen, you're suffering from this painful condition. It may cause difficulty breathing and may also trigger pain, swelling, redness, high fevers, confusion, double vision, a stiff neck, mucus discharge, stuffy nose, and even bad breath.

Most people who develop this disease do so after getting a cold or other respiratory-related health conditions. People with hay fever or allergies may also develop this condition, as do people with more serious medical conditions, like cystic fibrosis or even HIV/AIDS. Exposure to smoke and nasal passage abnormalities also trigger this health condition.

Treating this sinusitis in Bethlehem, Allentown, PA, requires finding a treatment specialist who understands this problem. By working with us, you can get many treatment and preventative care methods that can help manage this problem and even help it from developing later. Thankfully, many of these steps are things you can easily do at home.

Treatment Options

Prevention is almost always the best way to avoid this problem. Start by staying away from people who have colds, taking vitamins to improve your immune system, washing your hands frequently, and managing your allergies. Avoid polluted air, including cigarette smoke. If you smoke, try to quit or begin limiting yourself as much as possible. A humidifier can also help keep your home from being too dry.

Treatments often include various simple options, such as a saline spray. These sprays help rinse your nasal passages and improve your breathing flow. Nasal corticosteroid sprays also help prevent and treat inflammation and may improve your overall breathing. Doctors may also prescribe decongestants, allergy medications, and unique pain treatment options to minimize your potential suffering.

More serious concerns, such as infections caused by inflammation, may require antibiotics to manage. However, this option only occurs in severe cases because viruses and not bacteria cause this condition. Likewise, doctors may use immunotherapy options to help decrease your allergic reactions and minimize the swelling and inflammation throughout your nasal passages and sinuses.

Taking Care of Yourself

Please call Dr. Pestcoe at The Head and Neck Center, to get treatment for sinusitis in Bethlehem, Allentown, PA, if you develop these symptoms. By calling (610) 691-2552, you can take control of your health problems and walk yourself back from lingering symptoms that may affect your overall health.

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
December 08, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Hearing Loss  

How your ENT specialist in Bethlehem, and Allentown, PA, can help with hearing loss

There are many factors that can cause hearing loss, and it can be a scary experience. Fortunately, there are treatments for hearing loss, including hearing aids. Your ENT specialist can help you find the right treatment, so you can enjoy hearing again.

Dr. Andrew Pestcoe at The Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, offers a wide range of ENT services, including treatment of hearing loss. He proudly serves residents of Bethlehem, and Allentown, PA, and he can help you too.

There are a few causes of hearing loss that can result in temporary hearing loss or permanent hearing loss.

Temporary causes of hearing loss include:

  • Buildup of earwax
  • Excessive noise exposure
  • Ear infections

Permanent causes of hearing loss include:

  • Aging
  • Ruptured eardrums
  • Trauma to your ears

You may have some degree of hearing loss if you experience:

  • Hearing only muffled speech or sounds
  • Difficulty picking out speech from background noise
  • Retreating from social situations because you can’t hear
  • Needing people to speak more loudly or slowly

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should schedule a hearing screening with your ENT specialist. A hearing screening identifies what degree of hearing loss you have. The results of the hearing screening will help identify what type of hearing aid would be best for you.

Types of hearing aids include:

  • CIC hearing aids, which fit completely in your ear canal
  • ITE hearing aids, which loop over your outer ear
  • BTE hearing aids, which loop over the top and behind your ear

Your ENT specialist may also recommend Cochlear implants for severe hearing loss. These implants take the place of parts of your ear that is no longer functioning.

To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hearing loss, call Dr. Andrew Pestcoe at The Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, serving residents of Bethlehem, and Allentown, PA. You can reach him by calling (610) 691-2552, so call today!

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
November 03, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss   Tinnitus  

When you are dealing with hearing loss in Bethlehem, serving Allentown, PA, The Head and Neck Center and Dr. Andrew Pestcoe can give you the information you need about common causes of tinnitus. 

Tinnitus 

Tinnitus is a common condition that affects the ears. It is both a neurological and audiological condition. It is not a disease but is often reflective of some underlying illness. With this condition, you hear a sound that doesn't exist outside your ear. It may be a ringing sound, but that is not the only description used to describe what is being heard. It can be clicking hissing and even rarely music. 

In the US, 50 million people suffer from this condition. Of that 50 million, 10 million have cases that affect their ability to function optimally. Not everyone has the same degree of tinnitus. It can be intermittent or constant, it can be in one ear or in both ears, it can be a low pitch or a high pitch. But it is always annoying at the very least. 

Tinnitus has several common causes. Hearing loss is the most common cause but it may also be caused by an obstruction in the middle ear, TMJ, and traumatic brain injury, just to name a few. You need to have your ears examined for hearing loss in Bethlehem, serving Allentown, PA, to determine what the cause is. 

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is most often associated with tinnitus. The two most common types of hearing loss are:

Age-related- After the age of 60 hearing often deteriorates. It usually happens in both ears. Usually, the loss is of high-pitched sounds. It does explain why so many cases of tinnitus are in the elderly. 

Noise-induced- Working or living in an environment where you are exposed to loud noises either on one occasion or over years can lead to hearing loss. It can be a traumatic event or just your lifestyle. This type of hearing loss can happen in only one ear or both. 

Obstruction of the External/ Middle Ear

A blockage can cause damaging pressure in the middle ear as a result of wax, dirt, or head congestion. In most cases, removing the blockage cures tinnitus. 

TMJ

TMJ affects the temporomandibular joint, where the jaw connects to the skull. This is located right in front of the ear. Damage in this area can result in tinnitus. Having the condition treated will usually resolve the tinnitus. 

Traumatic Brain Injury

This accounts for more than half of tinnitus cases in veterans who have been injured. In Bethlehem, serving Allentown, PA, treating hearing loss means calling the Head and Neck Center and Dr. Pestcoe. Don't wait, call today at 610-691-2552

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
July 01, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergy  

If allergy symptoms are impacting your daily routine, we can help!

Are you battling allergy symptoms? Finding over-the-counter solutions to be less than helpful in managing your stuffed up or runny nose, congestion and postnasal drip? If so, our Bethlehem, Allentown, PA, ENT doctor Dr. Andrew Pestcoe can help you find the relief you’re looking for from your allergies. An ENT doctor is a medical professional who specializes in treating conditions that impact the ear, nose and throat. If you are looking for allergy relief, you’ve come to the right place.

Signs of Allergic Rhinitis

Our Bethlehem, PA, otolaryngologist commonly treats allergies that impact the nasal or sinus passages. This is often referred to as allergic rhinitis or “hay fever”. Allergies can be brutal, especially if you don’t have them under control or if you deal with them all year long. Common warning signs of allergic rhinitis include,

  • Sneezing
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy face (often the nose, mouth or skin)
  • Congestion
  • Persistent cough
  • Sinus pressure
  • Fatigue

If you are experiencing these symptoms and they are persistent or severe then it’s time to turn to our Allentown, PA, ENT team for help.

How our ENT Team Can Help

The problem with sinus symptoms is that you may think you have allergies when you are really deal with another nasal problem entirely such as chronic sinusitis or nasal polyps. If you’ve never been diagnosed with allergies before but you’re dealing with nasal symptoms then our ENT team can help you. An ENT is different from an allergist.

While issues such as a skin rash, watery eyes or swollen lips may be better addressed by an allergist, Dr. Pestcoe and his team can address symptoms that impact the ears, nose and throat. We can even work closely with your allergist to make sure that you get the most comprehensive treatment plan possible.

Treating Allergies

The severity of your allergies and the type of symptoms you’re dealing with will determine the best course of action when it comes to managing your allergies. Common treatment options include,

  • Corticosteroid nasal sprays or antihistamine sprays
  • Over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Mast Cell Stabilizers
  • Oral steroids
  • Immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots)

Whether you’re dealing with allergies or chronic sinusitis, our Bethlehem, Allentown, PA, otolaryngologist Dr. Pestcoe and the team at The Head and Neck Center is here to help. To schedule a consultation with us, call (610) 691-2552 today.

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
March 24, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Listening is a key component of communication, so if you're having trouble hearing, it can impact your life in many ways. Hearing loss can hinder your enjoyment of music and movies, make conversations and comprehension more difficult, and otherwise create issues in your everyday life.

While you may think you are too young for hearing aids, or you picture them as being bulky and conspicuous, hearing aids have come a long way over the years. At the Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, we can help you find an effective and comfortable way to restore your hearing to its best so you can enjoy all the sensations life has to offer.

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids come in several versions but all work by using tiny microphones to detect sounds. A small amplifier transforms the sound into digital code, the most advanced technology available, and the signals are converted into sound waves. Hearing aids adjust the sound depending on your level of hearing so the sound coming through the speakers in your hearing aids is clear and neither too loud nor too quiet.

Features of the new wave of hearing aids include directional microphones, which can help your comprehension of sounds in loud environments. they have digital feedback reduction, which helps prevent disruptive "feedback". they use gain processing to increase the level of important sounds, and have digital noise reduction, which lowers the volume of background noises.

What are my options for hearing aids?

Hearing aids come in in-the-canal, over the ear, and behind the ear styles. Depending on your level of hearing loss and desire for discreetness, you may find one style preferable over another.

In-the-canal versions are the least visible, while in the ear and behind the ear versions can come in skin tone colors but are still visible. Behind the ear, styles leave the ear canal open for more natural sound.

Can I treat my hearing loss without hearing aids?

Some forms of hearing loss can be remedied using alternate methods. If your hearing loss is the result of ear infections, antibiotics or decongestants may be effective. If your ears are filled with fluid, myringotomy uses tubes for drainage to clear your ear canal and restore your hearing.

Trust the experts at Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, to find the best solution for your hearing loss. Call us today at 610-691-2552.





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