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Nose and Mouth Treatment

When you’re feeling poorly because of a problem with your nose or mouth your entire life just doesn’t feel the same. This tool on our website offering nose- and mouth-related illnesses is designed to help you easily find your symptoms and connect you to solutions. Our sense of smell helps us enjoy life — we can take in the aromas of our favorite foods and environments but it’s also is a warning system, alerting us to danger signals such as gas leaks, spoiled food and fire. Sinusitis can be acute and short-lasting or a chronic recurring problem but either way it can debilitate our lives. Snoring problems can not only steal a good night’s sleep, but also affect the ones you love most. Regardless your unique circumstance you’ll be able to find some answers here.

Nearly everyone has made the trip down the cough and cold aisle at the supermarket to see an arsenal of sinus symptom relief. Dealing with the symptoms of sinusitis can be confusing and often many people might not even know they have the condition, but rather they assume the symptoms are all part of a nasty cold.

Sinusitis

Symptoms & Causes

It’s good to recognize the common symptoms of sinusitis which include cough, sore throat, headache, fever, loss of smell and stuffy nose. These symptoms can occur when the mucus lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed due to bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Often time home remedy is the best option because a virus must run its course. However, there are times when a trip to the doctor’s office is prudent. These times include when your symptoms don’t improve or they worsen within a few days, if you have a history of chronic sinusitis or a high fever.

Diagnosis & Treatment

When you see your doctor he or she may perform a physical exam, nasal endoscopy, CT or MRI scan. The doctor might also take a sinus culture or perform allergy skin tests. Depending on the root cause of your symptoms your doctor could offer nasal spray, over-the-counter pain killer and in some cases antibiotics. If your sinusitis was brought on by allergies then allergy immunotherapy shots or drops may be another option.

Prevention

Preventing sinusitis can be the best way to avoid the misery of the symptoms and treatments. Because sinusitis can be triggered by the common cold, do your best to wash your hands, blow your nose properly and sneeze into your shoulder rather than your hands. Avoiding cigarette smoke and polluted air also helps to keep your sinuses clean and infection free. Using a humidifier is also a good idea.

Nose Bleeds (Epistaxis)

If you have a nose bleed it’s important to remember most times the underlying problem isn’t as bad as you might think. The condition is very common so don’t be too alarmed. Tracing the cause of a nosebleed can be difficult.

Symptoms & Causes

If you are exposed to dry, cold climates in the winter months the blood vessel on the nasal septum can suffer trauma and begin to bleed. Nasal and sinus infection, allergies, any type of physical trauma, and even vigorous nose blowing can also cause your nose to begin to bleed. You’ll want to treat the nosebleed at home by tipping your head forward and pinching your nostrils together to stop the bleeding. If repeated episodes of bleeding occur, you bruise easily, or have liver or kidney disease you need to see your doctor right away.

Diagnosis & Treatment

You doctor will want to ask you about your medical history and about how long the nosebleeds have been happening for. She or he may also perform a physical exam and order imaging tests depending on what your doctor feels may be the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Prevention

Prevent nosebleeds by using a humidifier in your home or saline nasal spray. Don’t pick your nose or blow your nose too hard because any added trauma on the nose may lead to nosebleeds.

Stuffy Nose

Nasal congestion or stuffy nose is a very common condition your Ears, Nose & Throat doctor diagnoses and treats at all times of the year. A stuffed up nose isn’t caused by mucus but rather by inflamed nasal tissue lining.

Symptoms & Causes

First it’s important to find out the cause of the symptom. Sometimes sinusitis can cause nasal congestion and other times allergies are to blame. Sinusitis treatments can range from home remedies to antibiotics while nasal congestion due to allergies might be treated by an antihistamine. Contact your doctor if you have blurred vision, swelling of the forehead, coughing fits for more than 10 days or a stuffy nose lasting longer than a couple weeks.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Your doctor might conduct an allergy skin test, blood test or take a chest x-ray. Depending upon the findings the physician will then prescribe either a home remedy, over-the-counter medicine like pseudoephedrine or a nasal spray. The doctor might also write you a prescription for an oral decongestant if he or she thinks that might help most.

Prevention

Preventing nasal congestion is like preventing the common cold: pretty difficult. Wash your hands frequently, avoid germs, use a humidifier, and make sure not to put too much pressure on your nose.

Loss Of Smell

Officially called anosmia, the loss of smell can deprive you of the everyday joys of great cooking or your favorite walk outdoors. Some degree of loss in your ability to smell comes with age, other times it can be temporary if related to nasal congestion or allergies.

Symptoms & Causes

Finding the cause of your smelling loss is important to reaching a solution. The common cold, hay fever, rhinitis, certain medications, and tumors of the nose or brain could all be the culprit behind your loss of smell. Consult a doctor if your degree of smelling loss worsens or it doesn’t go away after a couple weeks. If you have other inexplicable symptoms your condition could be much larger than smelling loss.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Your visit to a doctor will be able to rule out the more serious conditions that could be causing your problems. Your physician will look at your medical history and ask you questions related to your loss in smell. He or she might recommend a CT or MRI scan, a nasal endoscopy or possibly an x-ray of the skull. Based on the outcome of your visit with the doctor you may be prescribed decongestants, antihistamines or the use of a humidifier. Another solution may be increased vitamin A supplements.

Prevention

There is no way to prevent or treat the loss of smell due to aging. To prevent the loss of your senses due to a viral or bacterial infection avoid germs by washing your hands, avoiding those who are sick and keeping your body healthy with fresh foods and by drinking lots of water.

Snoring

Snoring is a widespread problem many couples must deal with in order to get a good night’s rest. Most cases are mild and only occur occasionally but some cases are severe and can cause serious health risks. It’s best to consult your doctor if your symptoms are worsening or throwing off your day-to-day routines.

Symptoms & Causes

The reason why certain people snore can relate to the anatomy of the mouth and throat. When the airway passages are narrow the vibration can create the sounds associated with snoring. Other causes can include being overweight, consuming alcohol, problems with the nasal cavity or sleep apnea. Other symptoms arising from a night of heavy snoring can include sore throat, high blood pressure, poor concentration and drowsiness. Only your doctor and specialist will be able to trace your symptoms to diagnose the cause and offer the right medical solution.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Your doctor will first likely ask you and your partner some questions about the degree and frequency of snoring episodes. He or she may perform a physical evaluation and could order a CT scan to look for obstructions of your airway. Some doctors may recommend a sleep study in which trained professionals will evaluate your sleep patterns in a controlled environment. Depending upon the results from the evaluations various treatment options are available. Home remedies include sleeping on your side, avoiding meals, snacks or alcohol a few hours before bed and losing weight to open up airway restriction. If these solutions are not working your doctor might suggest looking at surgical options. Dental mouthpieces, pressurized masks and traditional surgeries like tonsillectomy or somnoplasty might be solutions. Consult your doctor, specialist and surgeon before making any decision on your own.

Prevention

Stopping snoring before it becomes a bigger problem is important to anyone who wants a good night’s rest for themselves and those sleeping next to them. Combating the risk factors is a good way to be proactive: drinking alcohol, smoking and carrying extra weight are all big factors in people who develop snoring problems. Avoiding caffeine and developing regular sleep cycles are also good ideas to prevent snoring in your life.