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By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
June 18, 2019
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

If you’ve been having trouble breathing due to sinus issues find out if surgery might help.

Most people will deal with a sinus infection at some point during their lifetime. While a stuffy nose, nasal congestion, and facial pressure sinusitismay be uncomfortable these symptoms will usually go away within a week or two. Unfortunately, there are some people who suffer from chronic or recurring sinus infections. When this happens it’s a good time to turn to our Chicago otolaryngologist Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest ENT to find out what he can do to help.
 

The Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis

In order for a sinus infection to be chronic, symptoms have to last for more than 12 weeks. The common symptoms of sinusitis include,

  • Nasal inflammation
  • Thick nasal discharge
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nasal congestion
  • Trouble breathing through the nose
  • Coughing that’s worse at night
  • Pain the ears
  • Headache
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Bad breath

 

When to Consider Sinus Surgery

While many people won’t require surgery in order to effectively treat their sinusitis, surgery may be the best option for someone who has been dealing with chronic sinusitis that isn’t responding to nonsurgical treatments.

Only once a patient has exhausted all other treatment options will our Chicago otolaryngologist doctor recommend getting sinus surgery. Surgery is effective for removing blockages in the nasal cavity to drain the sinuses and restore breathing.

Before undergoing surgery, your otolaryngologist will run a CT scan of the sinuses about 4-6 weeks after starting sinusitis medication to see if it's working. This CT scan will also help us determine what might be causing your sinus infection.

We know that your goal is to find the best physicians in the Chicagoland area. That’s why Midwest ENT is proud to be part of Northwestern Private Practice, which provides patients with independent physicians who are working at the esteemed Northwestern Memorial Hospital and other Northwestern-affiliated clinics. Learn more about us on our website: www.northwesternprivatepractice.com.

We believe that getting medical care, from a simple ENT consultation to undergoing sinus surgery, should be quick and easy. We are often able to get patients in to see a doctor within a week. If you’re looking for an ENT doctor in Chicago to treat your sinus problems then turn to Dr. Siegel of Midwest ENT.

By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
March 06, 2019
Category: ENT Health Care

Learn more about the causes and ways to treat head and neck cancer.

Head and neck cancers aren’t as often discussed as other forms of cancer; however, it’s just as important that you understand the cancersymptoms and warning signs that you might have head or neck cancer. As with any cancer, it’s important that you see a medical professional as soon as possible so the cancer can be caught early. From the office of our Chicago otolaryngologist Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest Ear, Nose, and Throat, find out more about head and neck cancer.

What are the different kinds of head and neck cancers?

Head and neck cancers can affect,

  • The oral cavity (this includes everything from the gums to the lips and tongue)
  • Pharynx (throat)
  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Sinus and nasal cavity
  • Salivary glands

What causes head and neck cancers?

As you might imagine, tobacco use and alcohol consumption are the two most common risk factors for head and neck cancers, particularly cancers that affect the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a certain strain of human papillomavirus (HPV) that has the potential to cause cancer this is something you’ll want to discuss with your Chicago ENT doctor to make sure that you are getting the proper head and neck cancers screening and routine checkups to detect symptoms early on.

What are the symptoms of head and neck cancers?

Symptoms will differ depending on the location of cancer. Symptoms may include,

  • Painful swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chronic hoarseness
  • Persistent headaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Ear pain
  • Sinus blockage
  • Eye problems or vision changes
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Facial swelling
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Issues with the way dentures fit

Any of these symptoms warrant a trip to our office for an evaluation, particularly if you have one or more risk factors.

How are head and neck cancers treated?

Your treatment will be based on several factors including the stage of your cancer, the location of the cancer, the age of the patient and the patient’s overall health. From there, we will work to determine which treatment option is right for you. Common treatment options include:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Surgery
  • A combination of different therapies

Are you experiencing any of the signs or symptoms above? Do you have any questions or concerns about changes to your ear, nose or throat health? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Siegel at Midwest Ear, Nose, and Throat is proud to serve the Chicago area. Call us today at (312) 988-7777 to schedule an appointment with us.

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!