Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat has a new location in Flagler County. Dr. Anthony Tucker is located at 3 Pine Cone Dr. Suite 106 Palm Coast FL 32137.
Coastal Ear Nose & Throat is made up of a team of professionals dedicated to providing the best quality healthcare in a responsive and caring environment. Our otolaryngologists are all board certified with years of experience in the profession. They work in concert with nurses and office staff who work hard to understand your health issues quickly and apply the appropriate treatment to get you back to your optimal health.
Coastal Ear Nose & Throat offers a full array of ear, nose and throat services to help you stay healthy. Please call one of our offices or visit our website www.coastalearnosethroat.com for more information regarding any of the following conditions.
The inner ear serves two purposes: hearing and balance. There are mechanisms in the ear that inform the brain about your position, orientation in space and movement and all times — to keep you in balance. A false sensation of spinning or whirling, known as vertigo, can occur when the signal to the brain is blocked or misfires.
The ear is made up of three sections: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Each of these areas is susceptible to infections, which can be painful. Young children have a greater tendency to get earaches. While most ear pain resolves itself in a matter of days, you should get a physical examination to understand the type of infection, prevent it from spreading and obtain treatment to help alleviate the pain.
There are a variety of sores that can occur in or around the mouth. Most are benign, but some may be indicative of cancer.
Neck pain is often a result of overuse of the muscles and ligaments in the neck from sports, recreational activities, work or household chores. It is generally characterized by stiffness, a kink or severe pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back and/or arms. Neck pain can also be caused by stress, trauma or injury or may be a symptom of the flu or meningitis.
The nose serves three primary functions: to warm, humidify and filter air as it passes into the body. Breathing problems may impact one or multiple of these functions. Breathing problems can be temporary or chronic, mild or severe, but they usually increase with age.
Snoring is a noise produced during sleep that originates in the back of the throat or nose. Snoring occurs when the muscles in the back of the mouth, tongue and throat relax while sleeping, which narrows or blocks the airway. Breathing causes your uvula (soft palate) to vibrate and knock against the back of the throat, resulting in the snoring sound.
Everyone experiences sore throats when they have a cold or flu. But there are other reasons for sore throats that may be symptomatic of more serious problems.
Head and Neck Cancers
Most head and neck cancers are relatively preventable since they are highly correlated with tobacco use and alcohol consumption. They are also generally curable if caught early. Symptoms to watch out for include pain swallowing, trouble breathing, ear pain, a lump in the neck that lasts longer than two weeks, a growth in the mouth and bleeding from the mouth, nose or throat.
Oral cancers appear as red or white patches of mouth tissue or small ulcers that look like a canker sores, but are painless. Oral cancers usually form on the tongue or floor of the mouth, but can occur on any tissue in and around the mouth.
You are not alone if you suffer from allergies. Allergies are very common, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans, which is one in every six people in the United States. A wide array of allergens may trigger an allergic reaction in sensitive people through the air, by touch, or by ingestion. They can appear at any age, and can even disappear in childhood only to reappear in adulthood.
What are Allergies?
An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful. Those who have allergies are sensitive to more than one thing. Often, substances that cause reactions include:
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
- Insect stings
It is believed that both genes and the environment contribute to your allergies. Many people believe an allergy as merely “hay fever,” with sneezing, a runny nose, nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes. However, allergies can also cause symptoms such as chronic sinus problems, postnasal drip, head congestion, frequent colds, and recurring ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, chronic cough and asthma. Stomach and intestinal problems, such as skin rashes, chronic headaches and fatigue can be symptoms of allergies. Allergies can affect your ears, nose and throat, among other areas of your body.
How Allergies Affect your Ears, Nose and Throat
When you suffer from allergies, the symptoms can range from a stuffy nose to an ear infection or sore throat. Depending on your allergy, various parts of your body such as your ears, nose and throat can be significantly affected.
One of the most common medical problems in children is otitis media, or middle ear infection. These infections are especially common in early childhood. They are even more common when children suffer from allergic rhinitis as well. Allergic inflammation can cause swelling in the nose and around the opening of the ear canal. The swelling has potential to interfere with drainage of the middle ear. When bacteria laden discharge clogs the tube, infection is more likely.
Allergies can cause enough inflammation that the opening to the sinuses is obstructed. A bacterial sinus infection occurs as a result. Allergens that are breathed in can often cause a stuffy nose, itchy nose and throat, mucus production, cough, or wheezing.
Various allergens may also lead to the formation of too much mucus which can make the nose run or drip down the back of the throat, leading to “post-nasal drip.” It can lead to cough, sore throats, and a husky voice. Although more common in older people and in dry inland climates, thick, dry mucus can also irritate the throat and be hard to clear. Air conditioning, winter heating, and dehydration can aggravate the condition as well.
The best way to avoid your symptoms is to avoid what causes your allergies in the first place. With help from your ENT doctor you can successfully control and alleviate your allergy symptoms. Your ENT doctor will perform various tests in order to come to a proper diagnosis, allowing you to breathe easily.
If you suffer from allergies, call our office in Palm Coast, FL at (386) 597-5839 for more information.
If chronic sinus complications are troubling you, you are not alone. A sinus problem typically beings with a viral head cold, in which congestion in your nose blocks the drainage of your sinuses that can lead to acute sinusitis. Both your nose and your sinuses are lined by moisturizing mucus membranes, so when mucus can’t get out of the sinuses, bacteria begin to grow and that causes sinus infections. And when you can’t breathe, visiting our office for sinus relief is vital—whether you receive medication or sinus surgery.
We will work with each patient for sinus relief so that he or she can continue with their daily activities without complications. After all, if you can’t breathe properly it can take a toll on your day.
Let’s take a look at sinus infections
Acute bacterial sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities that is caused by bacteria and is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack, or irritation by environmental pollutants. Unlike a cold, however, bacterial sinusitis requires a proper diagnosis from our office, and treatment with an antibiotic to cure the infection and prevent future complications.
Mucus normally collects in the sinuses and drains into the nasal passages, but when you have a cold or an allergy attack; your sinuses become inflamed and are unable to drain. Without drainage, this can lead to congestion and infection. Your ENT will diagnose acute sinusitis if you have up to 4 weeks of purulent nasal drainage accompanied by nasal obstruction, facial pain-pressure-fullness, or both. The sinus infection is likely bacterial if it persists for 10 days or longer, or if the symptoms worsen after an initial improvement.
Acute sinusitis becomes chronic when you have frequent sinusitis, or the infection lasts more than three months. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute, but untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes can require surgery to repair. Antibiotic therapy for bacterial sinusitis may be an appropriate treatment for your sinusitis.
Treatment options for sinus relief
If your ENT thinks that you have chronic sinusitis, intensive antibiotic therapy may be prescribed. However, if medical therapy fails, in-office sinus procedures under local anesthesia may be needed to eliminate physical obstructions that may contribute to sinusitis.
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From acute sinusitis to chronic sinusitis, facial pain and allergies, it is important to visit your ENT doctor for further diagnosis and treatment. Take the next step toward sinus relief by visiting your ENT doctor immediately.
For more information about sinus relief, call the Coastal Ear Nose & Throat nearest you.