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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!