Some people have problems with their nose, ear, or throat, and the experience can be overwhelming. But that is where a Surprise ear, nose & throat doctor (ENT) comes in. These doctors are alternatively referred to as otolaryngologists. An ENT is a health care provider that treats conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.
Symptoms of a condition affecting the ear, nose or throat require prompt attention. This is because many of these conditions can progress if left untreated.
Below are some signs that you should see an ENT to get checked out:
You have an increase in drainage from your ears
If you are experiencing increased drainage from the ears, consider seeing a physician. There can be many reasons for increased ear drainage, including sinus infections or even allergies. If the drainage continues and becomes more severe, it is possible that an infection has developed and could possibly spread to the brain or cause meningitis. This would be an emergency requiring immediate treatment and hospitalization.
You have a change in hearing that occurs over a short period
When it comes to your ears, there are 2 stages of hearing loss. These include sensorineural and conductive. The latter results from problems with the inner ear or the outer ear canal. Sensorineural hearing loss roots from damage to any part of the nerve pathway from the cochlea to the brain.
If you have conductive hearing loss, you will most likely hear sounds through a louder volume on your cell phone but will not hear soft sounds such as whispering. Whether you have conductive or sensorineural hearing loss, it is best to see an ENT doctor as soon as possible so they can replace your ear plugs or fix your eardrum.
You experience pain in your nose
If you have a runny, stuffy, or bloody nose, you should see a doctor. Many different conditions can cause your sinuses to become inflamed, irritated, or infected. These include the common cold, allergies, and upper respiratory infections.
The sinuses are hollow cavities in the skull that connect to the nasal passages and the back of the nose. Sinus infections often result from viral infections and bacterial infections that spread from the lungs to the sinuses. In such a case, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention.
Pain in the throat
If you regularly experience pain while swallowing food, it could signify several different issues. It might mean that your throat muscles are not strong enough to push food down the esophagus.
It might also mean that something is blocking the path of food on its way down from your mouth to your stomach. Alternatively, it could be a lump or a growth inside your esophagus, which can cause significant pain when you swallow. Therefore, it is advisable to seek help from an ENT doctor.
If you have a persistent and chronic ear problem, you should seek help right away. Sometimes hearing loss can also be a sign of either ear, nose or throat disorders that should be addressed by your Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat doctor as soon as possible.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
Identifying The First Symptoms Of A Brain Tumour
In simple terms, a brain tumour is a growth within the brain and it shouldn’t be there. While research is ongoing to identify what causes brain tumours and how to prevent them, early diagnosis is essential to increase your likelihood of survival.
It is worth noting that approximately 2,000 people are diagnosed in Australia every year with a malignant brain tumour. That’s the more aggressive and dangerous type, such as brain cancer. Of these, approximately 1,500 die.
While early diagnosis and a visit to a good neurosurgeon is essential to increase your chances of survival. You should note that how fast a brain tumour grows can vary greatly. It depends on the type of tumour, where it is, and your metabolism.
There are a variety of signs that you may have a brain tumour. If you’re experiencing the following you’ll want to see a specialist as soon as possible. However, don’t panic, a brain tumour is only one answer, these symptoms can point to other issues.
If you start getting regular headaches and don’t usually suffer from these, or if your usual headache pattern changes, you may have a brain tumour: especially if they are a lot worse than usual.
- Vision Problems
Combine the headaches with vision issues and you’re increasing the likelihood of a brain tumour. The most common vision problems are double vision or blurred vision. You can also lose your peripheral vision.
- Balancing issues
If your brain isn’t functioning normally due to abnormal cells creating pressure it can result in difficulty balancing. This can be compounded by difficult hearing things you normally can.
- Difficulty with speech
Equally, pressure on your brain can distort the connections with other parts of your body, including the area that controls speech. This complication does depend on where the tumour is but if you suddenly notice you’re struggling to form the right words and sentences you may have a brain tumour.
- Fatigue & confusion
As your brain is under pressure and your body finds it more difficult to complete everyday tasks, it’s highly likely that you’ll start to feel tired a lot of the time. Confusion is also common as you may struggle to identify where you are, what you were doing, or deal with other everyday events.
- Behavioural changes
Your brain is the centre of who you are. If it is struggling or experiencing pressure that prevents it from working properly, you are likely to behave and react differently. These behavioural and personality changes may be more noticeable to others first. It’s important to get these checked out as soon as possible as there can be many causes.
These generally happen as the tumour grows and starts to cut off blood supply to parts of the brain. A seizure is frightening and a warning that your brain is struggling.
If you’re experiencing the above symptoms it is important to get help as soon as possible. It will help to understand what is wrong with you and you can go through the treatment options.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]