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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
January 23, 2019
Category: ENT Care

An ear, nose, and throat doctor, also known as an ENT or otorhinolaryngologist, specializes in diagnosing and treating problems concerning the head and neck area. Read below to see an outlining of a few of the conditions that your ENT doctor, Dr. John Ansley of theEar, Nose, and Throat Doctor Carolina ENT Clinic in Orangeburg, SC, treat in bodily areas.

 

Ears

Within the ears are tiny, complicated structures that can cause problems with hearing and balance when they are infected or otherwise damaged. Your Orangeburg ENT can diagnose conditions like ear infections, hearing loss, or inflammation that causes dizziness or a feeling of imbalance and also make recommendations on how to resolve these issues.

 

Nose

Sinusitis is a very common nose-related problem seen at the Carolina ENT Clinic in Orangeburg. Seasonal and environmental allergies, deviation of the septum (the space between the nostrils), and obstruction in the nasal passageways all cause symptoms within the nose, most commonly congestion, pain, or drainage. All of these issues can be treated by Dr. Ansley.

 

Throat

A persistent feeling of hoarseness or being unable to project your voice usually warrants a visit to your Orangeburg ENT. Chronic laryngitis, caused by inflammation or nodules on the vocal cords, is one of the main throat conditions seen by our doctors. They also diagnose and manage cancer of the larynx (i.e. the windpipe) as well as other conditions that may require a tracheostomy (a surgical opening in the trachea that bypasses the throat).

Of course, our otorhinolaryngologists have a wide range of experience and training in many other diseases and conditions of the head and neck, including trauma reconstruction, thyroid problems, and oral cancer. If you are in the Orangeburg, South Carolina area, contact Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic today at (803) 536-5511 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled ENT doctor!