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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!