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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The thyroid is part of the body’s endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and releasing many of the hormones in the body. The thyroid produces two hormones that play a key role in regulating the metabolism, which is the body’s system for converting food into energy. When the thyroid does not function properly, various problems can develop. The physicians at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA can diagnose thyroid conditions and develop a course of treatment to improve functioning.
The function of the Thyroid
The thyroid is a gland involved in the regulation of metabolism. One of its primary functions is to convert iodine from the diet into two hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). The cells in the thyroid are the only ones in the body with the ability to absorb iodine. Once absorbed, they convert the iodine by combining it with tyrosine, an amino acid. The hormones are then released into the bloodstream. As they travel throughout the body, T3 and T4 increase cellular activity and regulate cellular metabolism.
Thyroid problems can occur when there is either too little or too much of the T3 or T4 hormones. Some thyroid conditions include:
Hyperthyroidism — occurs when there is an overproduction of thyroxine (T4). Too much of the T4 hormone can speed up the body’s metabolism and cause unexplained weight loss. It can also lead to a rapid heartbeat. Other symptoms include shaky hands, sweatiness, frequent bowel movements, and tiredness.
Hypothyroidism — occurs when there is an underproduction of thyroid hormones. A deficiency in these hormones can affect metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate. Some symptoms associated with this condition include unexplained weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry skin, feeling cold, and a slow heart rate.
Thyroid nodules & goiters — Nodules are small growths on the thyroid, while a goiter is a swollen or enlarged thyroid. Both conditions can make swallowing and breathing more difficult and are sometimes an indication of hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid.
Thyroid Cancer — Thyroid cancer is often first detected by the presence of nodules or a goiter. Other possible symptoms of thyroid cancer include swollen lymph nodes, neck pain, coughing, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and weight loss.
Treatment of Thyroid Conditions
See a physician if you are experiencing symptoms associated with any type of thyroid condition. The highly skilled doctors at our office in Stafford and Fredericksburg treat many thyroid conditions and can recommend a specific treatment approach for you. Hyperthyroidism can be treated with antithyroid medicine, while thyroid hormone pills are used to treat hypothyroidism. Treatment of thyroid nodules might involve surgical removal of them. Several methods can be used to treat thyroid cancer, including surgery, radioactive iodine treatment, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
We diagnose and treat thyroid conditions. If you are experiencing unusual symptoms, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors for an evaluation of your thyroid by calling Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-1226. We also have a location in Stafford, VA.
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