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When Should I See an ENT Doctor?

Female Doctor Doing Throat Examination On Older ManWhen should I see an ear nose and throat doctor?

ENT care can help you with the full spectrum of ear, nose, and throat health issues. Some of the most common conditions an ENT deals with are ear infections, tinnitus, sleep apnea, and TMJ pain. If you have symptoms affecting the ears, nose, or throat that worsen over time or persist for two weeks, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with a trusted ENT.

Do I need a referral to see an ENT specialist?

You do not need a referral to seek ENT care with New York ENT. If you have questions about ENT care as it relates to your insurance coverage, contact your insurer. Some insurers may expect you to visit your primary care physician before you see an ENT.

What does an ENT diagnose?

An ENT specialist can diagnose any condition of the ears, nose, and throat. Many people see an ENT to determine whether they have a sinus or ear infection. An accurate diagnosis from an ENT can help you rule out underlying health problems and get appropriate treatment.

Should I see an ENT?

If you have persistent or worsening symptoms of the ears, nose, or throat for two weeks or more, you should schedule an appointment with an ENT. Even if your condition affects other areas of the body – for example, a respiratory infection – an ENT can still help you diagnose the issue and determine the next steps for treatment. ENT is one of the most versatile medical specialties.

What does ENT do on the first visit?

Your first visit with an ENT will include a review of your medical history and any current health concerns you have. If you show symptoms, your ENT will start the process of diagnosing the issue. That includes taking your vital signs, listening to your breathing and heartbeat, looking at your throat and inner ears with special tools, and taking x-rays if necessary.

Should I see an ENT for tinnitus?

An ENT is the appropriate medical specialist to see for a case of tinnitus. He or she can evaluate the issue and determine if there is an underlying cause that may respond to medical treatment. For example, some cases of tinnitus are caused by a buildup of fluid in the ears. In this case, the fluid can be removed in a special procedure or certain medications may dry it up.

What does an ENT do for sinusitis?

Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinuses. This tissue is very sensitive, and any swelling can make it more difficult to breathe. The inflammation also traps fluid and creates an environment conducive to the growth of germs. An ENT treats sinusitis with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial medication, including steroid shots for more severe cases.

Should I see an ENT for an ear infection?

Yes. It is important to see an ENT for ear infection as soon as you can and not wait until your condition develops any further. Although an ear infection does not typically spread from one ear to the other, it can have profound effects on the structure of the affected ear. Without prompt treatment, you may suffer from permanent hearing loss.

Can an ENT test for allergies?

Yes. ENTs are trained to test for allergies and can provide a wide range of treatment options.

Should I see an ENT for a sinus infection?

Yes. Without appropriate treatment, sinus infections may spread or become chronic.

To find out more or set an appointment, contact New York ENT.

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