3 Common ENT Questions, Answered

ent doctorENT doctors help their patients with issues ranging from ear infections to sore throats and beyond. And the vast knowledge gathered from treating those conditions means they may receive a few common questions over and over again. Let's take a look at a few things ENT doctors are often asked, and find out what the answers are.

Should Large Tonsils be Removed?
If you have large tonsils but have no other symptoms, an ear nose and throat doctor may suggest to not do anything about it. However, if you find yourself dealing with other issues such as snoring, sleep disturbances, or mouth breathing, it may be a sign that you need to have them removed. Snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea. Unfortunately, people with untreated cases of sleep apnea are actually four times as likely to suffer from a stroke.

What Can be Done about Chronic Sinus Infections?
Chronic sinus infections can often be treated with medications or antibiotics. A rhinoplasty surgeon or an otolaryngologist will be able to give you the exact treatment for your chronic sinus infections, but these can often be treated using non-surgical procedures. If medications don't help, there are other options.

What Should One Do About Constant Swimmer's Ear?
Swimmer's Ear is actually an infection of the skin that's inside of the ear. It can be a result of the skin remaining wet after someone leaves a pool, a shower, or other wet location. One easy way to prevent that from happening is to wear earplugs when going swimming or getting in the water. If the problem doesn't go away or get worse, a proper ear cleaning by a doctor or prescribed ear drops may be the answer.

ENT doctors not only deal with the basic plastic surgery cases, but also handle things like ear infections, tonsilitis, and sinus infections. Their jobs go way past improving someone's appearance. If you have any specific questions, reach out to your ENT doctor for the answers you need.