Common Signs and Symptoms of ENT Disorders
The ears, nose and throat are all connected and this is why there is a kind of doctor that specializes in disorders affecting these parts of the body and face. There are lots of ENT disorders, and the best way to determine your specific problem is to see an ENT specialist. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of an ENT problem.
Ear infections are highly prevalent. They happen when germs are trapped inside the ear. The Eustachian tube, which is a small tube that starts in the ear and drains in the throat, is responsible for keeping the germs out. But if the tube is clogged by fluid, bacteria can enter the ear and lead to an infection.
Signs & symptoms of infection are:
Children are the ones most affected by ear infections especially infants and toddlers. Here are some indicators of ear infection in young kids:
Strep throat is caused by a family of bacteria known as “streptococci.” Strep throat happens when the throat becomes infected with this germ. While strep throat is prevalent, many other infections trigger similar symptoms which is why self-diagnosing is discouraged. You need to have a strep test at the doc’s clinic to rule out other viral or bacterial infections.
If you have strep throat, you usually don’t have cough or runny nose. Kids are at high risk, especially young kids and teens.
Sinusitis takes place when a germ accesses the hollow recesses of the skull in the nose and eyes. The infection gets trapped, causing inflammation, pain and pressure. Acute sinusitis is common during winter when a person has colds. Chronic sinusitis on the other hand is often caused by untreated allergies and asthma. Sinusitis can last several weeks and even years if no treatment is given. Symptoms include:
Apnea is a medical term which means cessation of breathing. Sleep apnea is a kind of disorder which causes a person to stop breathing for while sleeping, usually for a few seconds. Sleep apnea is prevalent these days and can cause serious health concerns if no treatment is given. Symptoms include:
See your ENT specialist if you have any of the above signs and symptoms.
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