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By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
October 08, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Hearing Aids  

How your otolaryngologists and ENT specialists in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, can help when you have tinnitus

Ringing in your ears is also known as tinnitus, and it can drive you crazy! The continuous buzzing sound can make it difficult to concentrate or think of anything else. Fortunately, your ENT specialist and otolaryngologist can help.

The otolaryngologists at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center offer a wide range of ear, nose, and throat services, including tinnitus treatment and hearing aids. They have several convenient office locations in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, to help you.

Over 50 million people in the United States suffer from tinnitus. If you are one of them, you deserve to know the facts about the causes and treatment of tinnitus or ringing in your ears.

Ringing in your ears can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Earwax buildup
  • Hearing loss due to aging
  • Excessive exposure to loud noise
  • High blood pressure or atherosclerosis
  • Diuretic or antibiotic medications
  • Sclerosis of your middle ear bones
  • TMJ issues or trauma to your neck or head

When you have tinnitus, ringing in your ears is just one symptom. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Hearing a whistling or buzzing in your ears
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Problems concentrating and focusing

Treatment begins with a hearing test to diagnose tinnitus. Your ENT specialist may also want imaging studies which can include an MRI or CT scan. Imaging can help determine if there is a structural problem within your ear.

Common professional treatments to stop ringing in your ears include:

  • Hearing aids to decrease or eliminate tinnitus symptoms
  • Cochlear implants to restore any hearing loss from tinnitus
  • Sound therapy, to help reduce background noise
  • TMJ treatment to reduce or eliminate tinnitus due to TMJ
  • Cognitive therapy, meditation, or relaxation techniques

You don’t have to suffer from ringing in your ears. Relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about tinnitus treatment and other ENT services, including hearing aids, call the otolaryngologists and ENT specialists of Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center, with offices in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, at (540) 371-1226. Call today!

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
August 13, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Your ENT specialists in Fredericksburg, VA, can help you breathe easily again

When you have a sinus infection, your whole body can feel run down. It's tempting to wait and see if a sinus problem will go away on its own, but what if it doesn't? Your ENT specialist can help you get rid of a sinus infection, so you feel well again.

The ENT specialists of Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, VA, offer a wide range of ENT services. They can help you breathe easily again.

So, how can you tell if you have a sinus infection? There are a few signs and symptoms to look out for. You may have a sinus infection if you:

  • Have chronic congestion and problems breathing through your nose
  • Feel a continuous throbbing pain deep in your sinuses
  • Experience pain in your jaw, nose, forehead, or upper teeth
  • Notice a yellow or green discharge coming out of your nose
  • Experience frequent severe earaches or headaches
  • Have a nagging, chronic cough or sore throat

Sinus infections are caused by viruses, a fungal infection, or bacterial spread. They can also happen as a result of allergies, nasal polyps, or dental problems in your upper teeth.

You can do a lot to prevent getting a sinus infection. Remember to:

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your face to keep out bacteria
  • Put a humidifier in your bedroom to keep the air moist
  • Use saline solution to irrigate your sinuses daily

Don't wait for a sinus infection to resolve on its own. A sinus infection needs professional treatment for it to go away. Your ENT specialist may recommend:

  • Allergy testing to find out if an allergy is causing your sinus infection
  • Allergy treatment if necessary, including injections or sublingual therapy
  • Antibiotic medication to kill the bacteria causing the infection
  • Antihistamines and decongestants to open up your sinuses
  • Corticosteroid medication to reduce swelling in your sinuses

To learn more about the causes, prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment of a sinus infection, talk with the experts by calling the ENT specialists of Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, VA, at (540) 371-1226. Call today.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
May 05, 2021
Tags: HydraFacial  

Are you looking for radiant, smooth skin with fewer lines and age spots? At the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, Our experienced team offers a wide range of services, including the popular and effective Hydrafacial. Appropriate for all ages and skin types, this simple, soothing treatment will rejuvenate your face.

What is a Hydrafacial?

Available in many types to suit your individual skincare needs, Hydrafacial is an in-office aesthetic treatment that targets the fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and clogged pores typical of aging skin. In fact, our patients enjoy Hydrafacial treatments, touting their comfort, exfoliation of dead skin cells, and outstanding hydration.

Taking just half an hour at the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, your Hydrafacial is a medical-grade skin resurfacing service which opens pores, removes excess oil and skin cells, and produces skin brightening effects immediately. After a gentle, but thorough, cleaning, we use a special instrument equipped with a suction tip to clear your pores of extraneous materials, such as make-up. The procedure targets areas like your chin crease and the folds alongside your nose where debris and oil easily collect.

Then, we add moisturizing lotions to your entire face to plump creases and lines. Finally, we increase the natural elasticity of your skin with collagen-boosting serums. Everyday Health reports that these serums also lighten areas of hyperpigmentation related to sun exposure and the aging process.

Who can get a Hydrafacial?     

Most adults in good health make excellent candidates for this wonderful process. Pregnant women should wait until they deliver their babies before they get a Hydrafacial, and those individuals with a sunburn or rash, such as rosacea or eczema, must postpone this service until the problem has cleared. Our team will answer any questions you may have, and they will help you determine how many facials you need and at what intervals. Most people get a once-monthly Hydrafacial to maintain their clear, radiant skin.

Learn more

Who wouldn't want bright, line-free skin? Love your skin again! To learn more about the many benefits of a Hydrafacial, call the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, for a consultation. Phone us at (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
April 15, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinuplasty  

If you struggle with chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty could be the solution. Ongoing sinus problems, in which the sinus passages become inflamed for extended periods, can cause facial pain and swelling and affect your ability to breathe through your nose.

Balloon sinuplasty helps by opening up the sinus passages. The highly skilled doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA, can determine if sinuplasty is right for you.

How the Procedure Works

Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure for opening up the sinus passages so they drain better and you breathe easier. Balloon sinuplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Unlike other more invasive sinus procedures, no cutting or removal of bone and tissue is involved, which means there is a shorter recovery time. Many patients can return to normal activities a few days after the procedure.

The procedure is performed by inserting a flexible balloon catheter into the sinus passages and then slowly inflating the balloon, which gently expands and opens up the sinuses. The opened passages are then flushed with saline to clear out any mucus clogging the sinuses. After opening and clearing the sinus passages, the balloon is deflated and the catheter is removed. Following the procedure, the sinuses will remain open and there is usually no need to repeat the treatment.

The experienced doctors at our offices in Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA,  can perform a sinuplasty to alleviate chronic sinusitis and help you breathe easier. Most patients only need to undergo the minor outpatient procedure once to enjoy open sinuses for life.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty has several benefits. Major benefits include being minimally invasive with no cutting or removal of bone or tissue and a short recovery time. The procedure is also extremely successful as the sinus passages remain open long-term so there is no need to repeat it again. Another benefit of sinuplasty is that it alleviates many of the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, including:

  • Nasal congestion and stuffiness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Sinus headaches

Chronic sinusitis and its symptoms can affect your quality of life, but you don’t have to continue suffering. Balloon sinuplasty opens up the sinus passages so you can finally experience relief from ongoing nasal congestion. Schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors to learn more about sinuplasty by calling Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, at (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
January 06, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Adenoids  

Adenoids are easy to miss, located at the back of your throat. Tonsils, their neighbors, tend to be more well known. But just like with their neighbors they only get attention when there is something wrong. To learn more about them reach out to the professionals of the Ear, Nose, and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA.
 

Infection

When they are functioning properly adenoids, just like your tonsils, help your body by producing antibodies as part of your body's immune system. When you are young they play a role in preventing infection by trapping bacteria. But as you grow older they tend to shrink, and may even disappear when you become an adult.

The problems arise when this tissue, instead of protecting, becomes the source of infection. Infected adenoids tend to enlarge leading to complications.

When they're swollen they can cause difficulty in swallowing, breathing, and sleeping.

They can also lead to frequent ear infections which can create serious problems, including problems with hearing and with it, speech development. This is why your Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, ENT specialists may have to remove the inflamed adenoids.
 

Treatment

Even though they are part of your immune system, they are not a critical component and can usually be safely removed. It's a relatively simple procedure with few risks.

Nevertheless, the treatment your doctor chooses will depend on the severity of the problem, an adenoidectomy may not always be necessary.

Adenoids sometimes shrink on their own after an infection has passed, so medication alone may be recommended. If they are enlarged but not infected, your doctor could decide to wait until they naturally shrink as your child gets older.

But if these approaches prove unsuccessful then removal is common. It's also possible that your doctor will also remove the tonsils during the same procedure.

Children who suffer from frequent ear infections or have some of the problems mentioned above should consult with an ENT doctor. Make an appointment today with the experts of the Ear, Nose, and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by dialing (540) 371-1226 to reach their Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, locations.





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