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By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
May 08, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

Are your allergies bothering you? With spring in full bloom, it's hard to avoid allergens. Fortunately, making a few lifestyle changes and visiting your allergist, Dr. John Ansley of Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Walterboro and Orangeburg, SC, can help you manage your allergy symptoms.

Pay Attention to Pollen Counts

Sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and other symptoms may be related to the rising grass and tree pollen levels in your area. You can find information on current allergen levels on Weather.com, pollen.aaaai.org, and other websites.

If allergen levels are high, these steps may improve your comfort:

  • Stay Inside: Avoid spending long periods of time outdoors when pollen and other allergen levels are high.
  • Change Your Clothing: Keep allergens out of your home by changing your clothing as soon as you return home after being outside. Wash the clothing in hot water to remove allergens, and take a shower to remove pollen from your body and hair.
  • Wash Your Dog: Allergens can hitchhike on your pet's fur. Bathing your pet reduces the allergen spread in your house, as does wiping your pet's fur with a wet washcloth after it's been outside.
  • Put on a Mask: If you must spend time outside, wearing a mask can reduce your exposure to allergens.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Although airing out your home may seem like a good idea on a nice day, opening your windows only spreads allergens throughout your home. Keep your windows closed to avoid exposure to allergens.

Even if you keep your windows closed, allergens still enter your home every time you open your door. Fortunately, air-conditioners and HEPA filters can improve your home's air quality. The appliances filter allergens, helping you manage your allergy symptoms.

Take Your Medicine

If you don't use allergy medicine year-round, begin taking it at the very beginning of allergy season in the spring. Since many allergens aren't visible, they may be present in the air sooner than you may think.

Visit Your Allergist

If you're still sneezing, pay a visit to your Walterboro and Orangeburg allergist. Allergy testing offered by your doctor pinpoints your personal allergy triggers, making it easier to avoid specific allergens. Your allergist can also offer allergy shots or prescription medications that may work more effectively at controlling your allergies.

Don't let allergies keep you from enjoying life! Call your allergist in Walterboro and Orangeburg, SC, Dr. Ansley of Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic if over-the-counter allergy products aren't controlling your symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling (803) 536-5511 for the Orangeburg office or (843) 549-1720 for the Walterboro office.

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
March 10, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis   Sinus   Allergies   Blockages   Deviated Septum  

Find out what might be causing your sinus issues and when to see a doctor.

From headaches and facial pressure to blocked nasal passages, dealing with sinus problems is no fun. No matter whether these are symptoms that come and go throughout the year or issues that you face regularly, you want to find out what’s going on so that you can best address the problem. Fortunately, here at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Orangeburg and Walterboro, SC, your allergist, Dr. John Ansley, can provide you with the answers that you’re looking for.

The most common causes of sinus issues include:

Allergies

If you’ve been told that you suffer from allergies, you are certainly no stranger to a runny nose, sinus pressure, and breathing problems. Common allergens include dust, pollen, and pet dander, each one leaving patients you with nasal inflammation. Since allergies and sinusitis produce similar symptoms it can be challenging to figure out what’s actually going on, but our Orangeburg, SC, allergist and ENT doctor can provide you with the answers you’re looking for.

Blockages

Nasal passages need to be able to drain properly; however, if there is inflammation within the sinuses this can prevent mucus from draining. As a result, mucus gets trapped inside the sinuses. This can lead to intense facial pain and pressure, as well as problems breathing. If you suspect that you may be dealing with a partial or full nasal blockage it’s important that you see your otolaryngologist right away.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, will happen to most people at least once during their lifetime. Fortunately, a sinus infection will usually run its course and clear up on its own (you can nurse symptoms with over-the-counter medication and home care in the meantime); however, if you’ve been dealing with symptoms of sinusitis for more than a 2-3 weeks without relief or if your symptoms are getting worse despite treating your symptoms, then it’s important that you see an ENT doctor.

Deviated Septum

The wall of cartilage and bone that separates the two nasal passages is known as a septum. Sometimes this wall doesn’t develop perfectly straight, and this curving or leaning of the septum can end up making one nasal passage smaller than the other. In more serious cases, a deviated septum could even cause mucus buildup in the smaller or partially blocked nasal cavity. Most people don’t even realize they have a deviated septum until they visit their doctor about recurring or persistent sinus problems.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are having trouble getting your sinus problems under control, the ENT team at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Orangeburg and Walterboro, SC, is here to help. Call one of our offices today at (803) 536-5511 or (803) 549-1720 to schedule an evaluation.

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
December 17, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

When your nose and sinuses are inflamed, every minute can be uncomfortable. From affecting your sleep/breathing to causing mucus Sinus-Painbuild-up, sinusitis can have a major negative impact your overall wellbeing. If medications or other treatments fail to bring you belief, you may be a candidate for a balloon sinuplasty. Offered here at Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Orangeburg and Walterboro, balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective solution for bothersome sinus problems—read on to learn more!

 

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive surgery option, meaning that it doesn't entail the removal of tissue or nasal bone. Additionally, sinuplasty offers a quick recovery, with most patients able to resume activity in just one or two days.

During the procedure, your ENT doctor will open your inflamed sinuses using a slim and flexible balloon catheter. Once inflated, the balloon catheter will widen your sinus passageway without damaging the lining, so that mucus can drain properly. Using a saline solution, your ENT doctor at our Orangeburg or Walterboro office will flush out any buildup in the sinus cavity, which will instantly relieve the pressure a blocked sinus passage can cause. Once the catheter is removed, you should be breathing much easier.

Your ENT doctor can perform a balloon sinuplasty in-office and under local anesthetic, ensuring that you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. In the following days, you may experience drainage from your nose, some congestion, or fatigue. You will likely be prescribed an antibiotic by your ENT doctor, as well as a saline solution to use at home for several days to keep your sinuses lubricated and assist with the healing process.

 

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

A balloon sinuplasty can be life-changing if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, and your ENT doctor can help you decide if the procedure is your best choice for long-lasting relief. Call our Orangeburg office at 803-536-5511 or our Walterboro office at 843-549-1720 for a consultation today.

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
July 19, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergy Testing  

Allergies are more than a nuisance. Watery eyes and sneezing at peak hay fever season are one thing, but anaphylactic shock in response to a bee sting is another. If you want to take control of your allergies and know your triggers, come to Carolina Ear Nose and Throat Clinic in Orangeburg. Allergists, Dr. John Ansley and Dr. Rocco Cassone, perform allergy testing, set treatment plans, and educate patients on their allergies.

FAQs on allergy testing

How can my doctor know I have allergies and what they are?

Your Orangeburg allergist will listen to your symptoms. This is an very important aspect of your evaluation. Most people exhibit mild to severe (and everything in between) signs that their immune systems are super-sensitive to factors in the environment--things such as insect vectors, dust, food, animal dander, pollen, smoke, drugs, and more. Testing introduces small samples of suspected allergy triggers to the patient, and the physician notes the reaction and its severity.

Why can't my primary care physician test me for allergies?

A board-certified otolaryngologist with specialized training in allergies is the best source for testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergies. They have the expertise and the experience to decipher the complexities of a person's response to triggers which are unique to them, their household and their work environment. An allergist helps the patient live a full and active life and manage symptoms successfully with the least invasive intervention possible.

Do allergy tests hurt?

Discomfort is very minor, and the tests yield accurate results quickly, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. They are performed right at Carolina Ear Nose and Throat and are fully monitored by Dr. Ansley or Dr. Cassone. So, you know you'll be safe and get the best analysis of your body's reactions.

What kinds of testing are there?

There are a few. One involves basic blood work. Another is called a puncture test, and a third is the intradermal test.

The puncture, or prick, test is very common and introduces tiny amounts of suspected allergens under the skin. Raised bumps called wheals indicate you are allergic to the particular substance.

The intradermal test uses a needle to inject larger amounts of allergen under the skin. The reactions are interpreted by the doctor.

Finally, some people undergo challenge testing. This kind of test is monitored very carefully as the patient is asked to consume or sniff suspected allergens.

What do the results of my tests show?

They show what you are sensitive to and how sensitive you are. Your allergist will work with you to determine treatment through over the counter medications, trigger avoidance, prescriptions or other ways to keep your symptoms from affecting your health and quality of life.

More questions?

Why not contact Carolina Ear Nose Throat Clinic for a consultation with one of our wonderful allergy specialists? They'll guide you through everything. Call the Orangeburg, SC, location at (803) 536-5511, and for the Walterboro office, phone (843) 549-1720.

By Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic
April 11, 2019
Category: Service
Tags: Keloid Treatment  

A keloid is a type of raised scar that develops after an injury has healed. Keloids can form where the skin is damaged, such as by a Scarspiercing, cut, burn, acne, or chickenpox. Keloid scars are treatable by medical professionals. Led by Dr. John Ansley, Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic (with offices in Orangeburg, SC, and Walterboro South, SC) offers keloid treatment to the patients they serve. Read on to learn about keloid treatment options.

1. Corticosteroid shots: Corticosteroid shots are used to treat keloid scars. These injections are often part a treatment plan for keloid scars. Injections are usually given into the keloid once every four to eight weeks. When injected into the keloid scar, these medicines help to shrink the scar. However, many of these keloids will regrow within several years. To improve results, doctors often add another therapy to the treatment plan.

2. Laser treatment: Laser therapy can improve the appearance of keloid scars. The pulsed-dye laser can be effective at flattening keloid scars and making them look less red. Treatment is very safe and not very painful, but several treatment sessions may be needed. Laser treatment is often used along with another treatment like a series of corticosteroid shots.

3. Keloid surgery: Keloid surgery involves surgically cutting out the keloid. Surgery alone is usually not the best option to remove keloid scars because they can grow back. To reduce the risk of a keloid returning after surgical removal, doctors often treat patients with another keloid treatment after the surgery. Cryotherapy or injections of corticosteroids may help reduce the risk.

You can stop the pain and embarrassment of keloid scars. Call Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic today to schedule an appointment in Orangeburg, SC or Walterboro South, SC. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic!





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