What to Expect From an ENT Visit

Mother with girl being examined by female ENT doctor with otoscope in clinic.

Visit an ENT doctor for chronic sinusitis symptoms.

If you are experiencing facial pressure and pain, congestion and a fever, there’s a high chance that you are suffering from sinusitis. One of the first things you should do is see a doctor. If your symptoms are really bad, they’ll suggest that you see an otolaryngologist, physicians who are more commonly known as ENT doctors.

ENT stands for the ear, nose, and throat. When diseases attack these areas of the body, an otolaryngologist is the best person to see. These doctors are experts at treating conditions like sinusitis, hearing loss, and laryngitis. Going to an otolaryngologist is no different from visiting your own primary care physician. In fact, let’s walk you through what you can expect from your ENT visit and how to prepare.

A Complete ENT Examination

Like your primary physician, an otolaryngologist is going to want to examine your condition. That means giving you a complete and thorough check-up. Expect an ENT specialist to look at the problem areas like your face, ears, nose, throat, and neck. Some the conditions the doctor is looking for include the following:

  • Voice and Swallowing Disorders
  • Nasal Conditions
  • Oral Cavity Conditions
  • Sleep/Snoring Conditions
  • Neck Masses
  • Hearing Imbalance Disorders

There is a broad range of disorders involved with otolaryngology. A specialist in this field knows the right signs to look for to properly diagnose any of these conditions. The best part is that with an otolaryngologist expert pair of eyes and state-of-the-art equipment, they can find the right treatment for you.

How to Help Your Doctor With a Diagnosis

Sinusitis is a fairly common condition that otolaryngologist deal with all of the time. However, it doesn’t hurt to be open and honest about what symptoms you are suffering from and your condition. Every piece of information about what you are going through will lead to a more accurate diagnosis.

We suggest being ready to tell your doctor about all of your symptoms, you and your family’s medical history, what medications you a taking, and your daily activities. You’d be surprised by how helpful this information is to your doctor.

You’ll also want to ask your doctor a couple of question about your condition. We find that inquisitive patients are the most at ease, especially when they know what they are dealing with. Learn everything you can about what is causing your condition and what your next steps should be, including treatment options.

Expect a Solution

Once an ENT doctor has a good idea of what you are suffering from and if it is temporary of chronic, they will present you with treatment options. Conditions like chronic sinusitis sometimes require surgical intervention such as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) or Balloon Sinuplasty.

Otolaryngologists are trained to perform any of these procedures. While FESS is the most common procedure for sinus trouble, Balloon Sinuplasty is your best bet. This procedure has proven to be as effective as traditional surgery, and the non-invasive approach. You’ll experience less pain and discomfort after surgery and recover in no time.

If you are looking for a qualified otolaryngologist, contact Dr. Eric Cohen and set up an appointment today. He has years of experience performing hundreds of sinus surgery procedures and is one of the leading practitioners of Balloon Sinuplasty.

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