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By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
June 20, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: head cancer   neck cancer  

Head and neck cancer affects over 55,000 Americans each year. Many instances of head and neck cancer are linked to the use of neck surgery, head surgerytobacco products. Avoiding tobacco in any form can greatly reduce the risk of developing head or neck cancer. Further, cancer can be treated more effectively when detected early. Head and neck cancer can be diagnosed and treated by your otolaryngologist Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest Ear Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL.

Symptoms

There are several different symptoms that can be an indication of possible cancer in the head or neck. If you develop any of these symptoms, it is important that you see your otolaryngologist as soon as possible. Symptoms can include:

  • A persistent lump in the neck lasting two weeks or more
  • Voice changes lasting two weeks or more
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Constant ear pain, particularly when swallowing
  • A growth or swelling in the mouth

Risk Factors

Certain individuals are at a higher risk of developing head or neck cancer. The use of tobacco products is a major risk factor for head and neck cancer. This includes any type of tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, cigarettes, and cigars. Consumption of alcoholic drinks is also linked to head and neck cancer. Alcohol and tobacco products increase the risk of developing cancer in the throat, voice box, mouth and tongue.

Fortunately, when the cancer is caught early, treatment is often highly successful. Early detection is possible when you recognize the warning signs, such as the symptoms above.

If you have experienced any of the previous symptoms contact Midwest Ear Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Siegel, call the office at (312) 988-7777.

By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
June 01, 2017
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: Allergies  
Allergy TreatmentIt’s never too early to seek help for your allergies. Allergies can affect your way of life, at all times of the year. During springtime, you may feel the effects of hay fever. In winter, when you are indoors for long periods, you may suffer from mold allergies. If you have pets, you already know how pet dander can cause you problems. You can recognize an allergy if you have itchy watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing.
 
You can try home remedies first, and they may help alleviate symptoms. Common home remedies for allergies include:
  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
  • Irrigating your nasal passages with saline and water
  • Trying linens and pillowcases that are allergy-proof
  • Placing allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
If you try home remedies and are still suffering from allergy symptoms, it’s time to seek help from your allergist. Your allergist will recommend allergy testing if you have:
  • Nasal congestion, a runny nose and watery eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing or chest congestion
  • A rash, itchy skin or eczema
  • An itchy throat, nose or eyes
He or she will recommend various types of testing, depending on what you are sensitive or allergic to. The most effective allergy tests include:
  • Skin tests- during which tiny amounts of different allergens are injected just under your skin; you will know you are allergic to the substance if you see swelling or a rash within 20 minutes.
  • Challenge tests- used to diagnose medication and food allergies, during which you inhale or ingest a tiny amount of allergen to test for a reaction
  • Blood tests- a sample of your blood is sent to a laboratory where testing is completed
Once your allergist has determined what you are allergic to, treatment to relieve your allergy symptoms can begin. Typical allergy treatments involve allergy shots given weekly to target specific allergens. Sublingual drop therapy is also common and convenient because you can self-administer the drops in the privacy of your home for a specified period of time.

Remember it’s never too early to seek help from an allergist. Your allergist can help you get relief from allergies at any time of the year. Don’t wait! Call today and feel better tomorrow!
By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
May 01, 2017
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Hearing Loss  
Hearing LossIf you think you might be losing your hearing, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) more than 30% of adults over 65 have some degree of hearing loss. That includes 14% of people between the ages of 45 and 64 have some degree of hearing difficulty.
 
There are many signs and symptoms of hearing loss you should pay attention to, including if you:
  • Hear muffled speech or sounds
  • Have a problem understanding individual words
  • Need people to speak more loudly or slowly
  • Have to turn up the television or radio
  • Withdraw from social events or conversations
There are many causes of hearing loss including aging, continuous exposure to loud noises, heredity, ear infections or damage to your ears from pressure changes, and even a buildup of earwax.
 
The best thing you can do is to prevent hearing loss and damage to your ears. You should:
  • Protect your ears by wearing earplugs or earmuffs if you are in a loud workplace
  • Have your hearing tested by an audiologist or ENT specialist. Current recommendations are to have your hearing tested at least every 10 years through age 50, and every three years after age 50.
  • Protect your ears from damaging loud noises in your daily activities and recreation, especially listening to rock concerts, shooting guns or riding in loud vehicles.
  • Take breaks from continuous loud noises.
If you think you are experiencing hearing loss, don’t wait until your hearing gets worse! Schedule a hearing test and find out just how many sounds and conversation you might be missing. Hearing screenings are an inexpensive and quick way to give you peace of mind.
 
There are many treatment options available for hearing loss, including several types of hearing aids and cochlear implants. You and your audiologist or ENT specialist can decide which option is best for you depending on the degree of your hearing loss and your individual wishes. Don’t miss out on your life; call today and hear better tomorrow!
By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
March 31, 2017
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Sinusitis  
SinusitisEveryone, at one time or another, has suffered with sinusitis. However, many people don’t know exactly what sinusitis is or how best to treat it; a lot of misinformation exists. Our doctors want to clear up these misunderstandings. For example, sinusitis, while often caused by the common cold, is not a cold. A cold, which is a viral infection, presents with a number of symptoms, of which sinusitis may be one.
 
Another common misconception is that sinusitis is always caused by a bacterial infection, therefore, the patient should take antibiotics immediately. However, that is not always the case.
 
In fact, many cases of sinusitis – even cases caused by bacterial infections -- don’t need to be treated with antibiotics at all. That’s why it’s important to know what is causing your sinusitis so you can properly treat it. An ENT specialist can help you determine what you are dealing with and how best to treat it.
 
In order to help better understand sinusitis, here are a few commonly asked questions and answers.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that causes the cavities around your nasal passages (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen. When this happens, it becomes more difficult for drainage to occur. This causes congestion, blockage, and tenderness.

What causes sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis is most often caused by the common cold. However, other conditions, such as allergies, bacterial and fungal infections, can cause sinusitis flare ups.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to: thick, yellow or green discharge; difficulty breathing through the nose; congestion; pain or tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead; and coughing.

How long does a typical bout of sinusitis last?

Generally, sinusitis doesn’t last more than a few days to a week or two. However, sinusitis that lasts more than eight weeks or keeps coming back is referred to as chronic sinusitis and may need more aggressive treatment. Severe cases left untreated can lead to more serious complications.

What are my treatment options?

Treatment will depend on the individual case, but most of the time most cases can be treated with over the counter/home remedies. More severe bacterial infections might require antibiotics.
 
If you are seeking the services of an experienced ENT doctor, consider contacting our office for an appointment.
 
If you have irritating allergies, you already know they can affect your life. They can keep you from doing the things you like, and worst of all, they may not be just seasonal. But now there’s help just a phone call away from your ENT specialists. Call today and get some relief from your allergies!
By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
March 27, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

Woman with AllergiesYou may have allergies that show up in the spring when plants are flowering and grass is growing. You’ve grown used to the itchy, allergies watery eyes and sneezing. But now, you have allergies in winter too, when you’re indoors because of bad weather. Your ENT specialists want you to know that allergies aren’t just seasonal. They can affect you all year long.

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, is common during the spring and summer months and is caused by an allergic response to tree or grass pollen and various other flowering plants. But allergies aren’t confined to just spring and summer. When you are indoors during the fall and winter, you can experience allergies to pet dander, dust mites, mold and many other indoor irritants. You can also be allergic to certain foods and not even realize it.

Your first step in dealing with allergies is to learn what you are allergic to. Your ENT doctors can test you for food allergies and a variety of both indoor and outdoor allergens. Once you’ve found out what you are allergic to, your doctors may prescribe:

Allergy shots—typically given once a week with either a single injection or multiple injections depending on how many things you are allergic to.

Sublingual drop therapy—a convenient option for people on the go, or those who don’t want injections; your doctors mix up a custom treatment solution which you can take at home and use daily, as a drop under your tongue.

There are also some remedies you can try at home to get relief from allergy symptoms, such as:

  • Irrigating your nasal passages with a saline solution
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
  • Using allergy-proof pillowcases and linens
  • Using allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially in the bedroom
  • Vacuuming your carpets regularly
  • Keeping your pets off of furniture and out of your bedroom

If you have irritating allergies, you already know they can affect your life. They can keep you from doing the things you like, and worst of all, they may not be just seasonal. But now there’s help just a phone call away from your ENT specialists. Call today and get some relief from your allergies!





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