Does it seem as if your cold never goes away completely? You may actually have allergies rather than a virus. Dr. David Sycamore, your Katy, TX ear, nose and throat doctor at Parkway ENT and Allergy, shares a few signs that may indicate that you have undiagnosed allergies.
Chronic cold symptoms
When you first develop allergies, you may think that you've caught an upper respiratory virus. Your nose runs, you sneeze and you feel congested. When you take a look in the mirror, your eyes are red and swollen. If your symptoms improve after two weeks, a cold probably was to blame, but if you continue to feel awful, you just might have allergies. Unfortunately, allergy symptoms continue as long as you're exposed to the allergen. It's a good idea to visit your ear, nose and throat doctor for allergy testing if your spring cold has now turned into a summer cold.
You might have allergies if dark circles suddenly appear under your eyes, even though you're getting plenty of sleep. The darkening occurs when the small blood vessels in your under eye area fill with blood due to nasal congestion. Because the skin under the eyes is so thin, swelling in these vessels is particularly noticeable.
Do you have a horizontal line on the bridge of your nose? Many allergy suffers notice that the line appears if they constantly push their noses upward in a attempt to breathe easier.
When your nose is constantly congested, it's only natural to begin breathing through your mouth instead. The habit is particularly problematic in children because it can narrow the upper arch of the mouth, leading to crowding when the teeth come in. The effects of mouth breathing can also displace teeth and permanently shorten your child's upper lip.
It's important to seek treatment from a Katy ear, nose and throat doctor if you find it increasingly difficult to breathe through your nose due to chronic congestion, or if you notice that your child only breathes through their mouth. Often, treatment is as easy as relieving allergy symptoms.
Are you concerned that you may have allergies? Call Dr. Sycamore, your Katy, TX ear, nose and throat doctor at Parkway ENT and Allergy, at (281) 712-7241 to schedule an appointment. Relieve your symptoms with allergy treatment!
Summer is here and that means warm weather, sunny days, and lots of time spent outside. For our hearing aids summer can present some problems. Here are a few tips to help keep your hearing aids safe and functional this summer.
- Keep your hearing aids in a protective case and out of direct sunlight when you are not wearing them. This will help to ensure that they don’t melt!
- Moisture is one of your hearing aid’s worst enemies. Sweat and water can affect the small parts inside your hearing aid so avoid storing hearing aids in humid places such as in glove boxes, dashboards, or other environments where heat and moisture can build up.
- Sunscreen has oils that can damage hearing aids, so apply lotions or sprays completely before putting on your hearing aids.
- Remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming or any activity in which you will be or could be exposed to water. In order for your hearing aids to work to their full potential they need to be moisture free.
- At night, open the battery door to allow dry, fresh air to move through the hearing aid and relieve moisture.
- Invest in a dehumidifier/dryer for your hearing aids to be stored in during the night. This will help ensure your hearing aids are working properly and could help extend the life of your hearing aids.
Follow our tips above for a worry-free summer that’s full of sounds and sunshine. Have questions about how to care for your hearing aids? Contact our office for an appointment with our Audiologist who can help make sure you are hearing well during your summer travels.
What you need to know about hearing aids from your Katy ENT
Are you starting to miss out on conversations and the sounds of everyday life? You deserve to experience life to its fullest, and that includes hearing the sounds around you. If you are starting to lose your hearing, it can be scary. But don't worry! There is help!
It may be time to consider hearing aids. Hearing aid technology has advanced greatly in the last few years, and you owe it to yourself to investigate what hearing aids can do for you. Your doctors at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas want to tell you all about the latest hearing aids.
First things first, are you losing your hearing? There are some definite signs of hearing loss. Including:
- Need people to speak more slowly, loudly and clearly
- Only hear muffled sounds and muffled speech
- Have a difficult time picking out words from background noise
- Experience problems hearing consonants
- Are starting to withdraw from conversations and avoid social situations
If these signs sound familiar, it’s time to call your doctors at Parkway ENT and Allergy. They offer several hearing aid options including:
CIC (completely in the canal); these hearing aids fit inside your ear canal. They are the least visible, but they don’t have volume control or a directional microphone.
ITE (in the ear); these hearing aids fit your entire outer ear or just the lower part of your ear; they have volume control and ease of handling, but are more visible than a CIC.
BTE (behind the ear); these hearing aids hook over the top of your ear and rest behind it; they have a tube that connects them to an earpiece inside your ear canal. They are the largest hearing aid but have better sound amplification.
Cochlear implants are an additional option for severe cases of hearing loss. They function for the parts of your inner ear that are not working.
If you think you might be losing your hearing, it’s time to call the experts at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas. Don’t wait when it comes to your hearing. Get back your hearing with hearing aids. Call today!
Realizing you are suffering from hearing loss is a confusing, sometimes scary experience. Luckily, hearing loss no longer has to mean deafness. Thanks to great strides in medical technology, most cases of hearing loss can be diagnosed and treated. You, too, can beat hearing loss with help from your Katy, TX ear, nose and throat doctor.
How do I know I am suffering from hearing loss?
Hearing loss patients usually describe first noticing small instances which they do not correlate with hearing loss. Some of the first signs of hearing loss include:
- Often having people repeat things while in person or on the phone
- The people around you telling you the TV or radio is too loud though you can barely hear it
- You notice increased difficulty hearing conversations, especially in crowded or noisy areas
- You feel that people mumble more often than they speak up
- You feel as though you must concentrate harder than normal to understand a conversation
What can I do about my hearing loss?
If you discover you are suffering from hearing loss, you should see your ear, nose and throat doctor at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, TX, as soon as possible. A hearing assessment, which analyzes the degree of your hearing loss, helps your doctor diagnose your hearing loss. The most common treatment for hearing loss is the use of hearing aids. These devices fit into or around your ear to amplify the sound which enters it.
Are there different types of hearing aids?
Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and sizes. Your doctor can help you determine which style is best for you. Some of the more common styles of hearing aids are:
- BTE (behind-the-ear): This style of aid has an encased plastic part which wraps from behind the ear into the ear’s opening.
- ITE (in-the-ear): ITE aids sit inside of the ear, though are still visible.
- ITC (in-the-canal): This type of hearing aid resembles a shell which sits in the half-shell shape of the ear.
- CIC (completely-in-canal): CIC aids fit completely inside of the ear’s canal. These are the least visible option of hearing aid. They may not be beneficial for people who have trouble handling small objects due to their size.
For more information on hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact Dr. David Sycamore and Dr. Shiane Moffitt, Au.Dâ€‹ at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, TX. Call (281) 712-7241 to schedule your appointment for a hearing assessment today!
How Can I Prevent a Sinus Infection? Things you can do to prevent sinus problems.
Chances are at some point in your life, you’ve had a sinus infection. You are familiar with the headaches, pain and pressure caused by a sinus problem. There are professionals who can help like Dr. David Sycamore, your allergy specialist at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas.
Inflammation and infection of your sinuses can be bacterial, fungal, viral or from allergy issues. There are a few things you can do to prevent sinus infections, including:
- Using a humidifier- to keep the air in your house moist, because dry air irritates your sinuses, causes congestion and increased mucus production and can result in a sinus infection.
- Using an over-the-counter irrigation kit- to irrigate your sinuses which keep your nose clean and free of mucous, so bacteria won’t multiply and cause a sinus infection.
- Washing your hands frequently and keeping your hands away from your face, eyes, nose and mouth- to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs in your body.
If you smoke, you should try to stop because smoking irritates your sinuses and increases mucus, which provides a perfect place for bacteria to thrive. You should also try to avoid alcoholic beverages because alcohol swells and irritates your sinuses, which can result in an infection.
A great way to avoid infections, in general, is to keep your immune system working at its peak by taking vitamins. Make sure you have adequate amounts of vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables. Get your exercise, and try to lower your stress. If your immune system is working, it can fight off potential viruses that can give you a sinus infection.
Sometimes no matter how much you try to prevent a sinus infection, you get one anyway. If you get a stubborn sinus infection that doesn’t go away and doesn’t respond to home therapies, it might be time to seek out Dr. David Sycamore, at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas. Call him today and feel better!
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