When To See An Ear, Nose, And Throat Doctor

Hello, my name is Betsy Jorgenson. Welcome to my site about ENT specialists. When I had my son, I was surprised to see how many ear infections he developed in the first five years of life. After he started having ear infections on a regular basis, his doctor referred him to an ear, nose and throat, or ENT, specialist. This specialty doctor helped him overcome the infections by draining the ears using specially designed tubes. On this site, I will talk about all the different care techniques used by ENT doctors. Please feel free to use the info on my site to familiarize yourself with the services offered by this type of practitioner.

When To See An Ear, Nose, And Throat Doctor

6 December 2022
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An ENT is an ear, nose, and throat doctor. It is much easier to say ENT than otorhinolaryngologist. Of course, when you first realize you have a problem with your ears, nose, or throat you should see your primary care physician (PCP). They can often diagnose and take care of the issue. However, there are times when your doctor will refer you to a specialist. Here are just some of the reasons you will be good to see this type of doctor.

Ear Problems 

Ear infections are a common medical problem. However, when you keep getting them or they won't go away, they could be something more than a simple infection. An ear specialist can get to the root of the problem and then determine the best way to keep them from coming back. Another reason to see the specialist is if you notice you are having trouble hearing. Once your primary care doctor determines the problem is not due to ear wax, you will see an ear doctor to determine what the problem is and how to fix it or stop it from progressing.

Nose Problems

If you are having problems breathing not related to your lungs, a nose doctor can help. They will look into sinus issues and nose structure, and then check to see if any changes in the nose are the cause of the difficulties. They could find polyps that are blocking the air. Even something you think is a simple issue, like a constant stuffy nose, may need special treatment. 

Throat Problems

Chronic sore throats, tonsillitis, and trouble singing are all signs you need to see a specialist. Speech problems can be caused by structural issues in the mouth, throat, or vocal cords. Sometimes there is not any pain associated with the problem. This is a good sign you need to see a throat specialist. In addition to the actual throat, any lumps in the neck or enlarged lymph nodes should be checked out. 

It is important to remember that an ENT is a specialist. It is very seldom that you can just make an appointment on your own. If the problem is extreme and you can't get an appointment with your PCP head to an urgent care facility. They can give you a referral. It is not something you should put off because sometimes the symptoms go away when you can see your doctor only to come back a few days later. When a specialist is needed, it is because there is a problem that is not simply going to go away for good.

Contact a local ENT to learn more.