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By South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat
February 24, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinusitis  

Although you might have gotten used to the stuffiness and headache associated with long-term sinusitis, it's important to have it diagnosed and treated to avoid potentially dangerous complications. At South Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Port St. Lucie, Florida, our otolaryngology team can help you feel better and keep your sinus problems at bay. Read on to learn more about this common condition and how it's managed.

What is sinusitis?

First, it's helpful to understand the purpose and function of your sinuses. These air-filled spaces at the front of your skull surround the nose and are lined with soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. The sinuses produce mucus that keeps the airway clean and lubricated. When this tissue becomes inflamed - often due to allergies or a previous upper respiratory infection - the resulting headache, nasal discharge, sore throat and cough is what's known as sinusitis. When these symptoms last longer than three months, your Port St. Lucie ENT doctor will likely diagnose you with chronic sinusitis.

How is sinusitis treated?

Since most sinusitis cases are viral, not bacterial, antibiotics are not usually the first line of defense.We will likely recommend irrigating the nasal passages, staying hydrated, and taking anti-inflammatory medication to try and control the symptoms and reduce the swelling inside your sinuses. Steroids may also be used to help lessen the inflammation. For those who do not respond to conservative methods of treatment, a minimally invasive surgical procedure to expand the sinus passages may be recommended.

To get control of your sinusitis, contact South Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat to make an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists today. We can be reached at (772) 398-9911 for our Port St. Lucie office, (772) 464-6055 in Fort Pierce, and (863) 357-7791 for our Okeechobee location.

By South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat
January 09, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

Although sinusitis can be an uncomfortable condition, the idea of having sinus surgery may keep you from experiencing full relief. Fortunately, at South Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Port St. Lucie, we offer a revolutionary new sinus treatment: the balloon sinuplasty. This minimally invasive procedure offers the benefits of sinus surgery without the lengthy downtime and post-operative discomfort. Read on to learn more about balloon sinusplasty and if it's right for you.

What is a balloon sinuplasty?

You may have heard of or know someone who's had a balloon angioplasty, a potentially life-saving procedure that expands clogged veins or arteries. This same concept has been applied to chronically inflamed sinus passages that surround the nose. During an outpatient procedure, a very thin wire with a flexible balloon attached to it is inserted through the nose into the blocked sinus. Your Port St. Lucie ENT doctor will then inflate the balloon to expand the sinus and allow for proper drainage of nasal discharge. The wire and deflated balloon are then removed. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes.

What are the benefits of a balloon sinuplasty?

As you've probably guessed, a brief outpatient procedure at your Port St. Lucie ENT's office is preferable to a lengthy surgery that requires a hospital stay. The good news is that statistics show that a sinuplasty is as effective as a sinus surgery, but without all the drawbacks - general anesthesia, the potentially long and uncomfortable recovery period, and post-operative bleeding - that might keep someone from having a beneficial procedure done. This treatment also helps to preserve the structure of the sinuses, preventing the buildup of scar tissue that can happen after traditional surgery.

If you think you might be a candidate for a balloon sinuplasty or you have any questions about sinusitis, contact South Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat for a consultation with one of our otolaryngologists today. We have convenient locations throughout south Florida: (772) 398-9911 for Port St. Lucie, (772) 464-6055 in Fort Pierce, and (863) 357-7791 in Okeechobee. Call us today!

By South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat
September 26, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Aids  

If you think you are losing your hearing, it can be a scary experience. Your hearing is precious and if you are losing your hearing, hearing aids can help. If you are missing out on the sounds of everyday life and avoiding conversations because of hearing problems, or f you are avoiding social situations because of the embarrassment of hearing loss, hearing aids can help.

The ENT specialists at South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat in Port St. Lucie, Florida offer a wide range of services including hearing aids, to help you hear better. They have convenient office locations in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Okeechobee, Florida to help you.

So, how do you know you might be losing your hearing? There are some signs and symptoms you may recognize. You may be losing your hearing if you:

Need people around you to speak more clearly, loudly, or slowly

Can only hear muffled speech and sounds

  • Have problems picking out consonants in words
  • Have problems distinguishing words from background noises
  • Are avoiding social situations and conversations because of hearing problems

If you think you might be losing your hearing, hearing aids can restore your ability to hear and enjoy the sounds of your life. There are many types of hearing aids to choose from including:

A CIC (completely in the canal) hearing aid; CIC aids fit entirely in your ear canal, which means they are the least visible hearing aid. They don’t have a directional microphone or volume control.

An ITE (in the ear) hearing aid; ITE hearing aids fit around your outer ear, or the lower part of your ear. They have a volume control and are easy to handle, but they are more visible than CIC hearing aids.

A BTE (behind the ear) hearing aid; BTE hearing aids hook over the top of your ear, resting behind the ear. They have a tube that connects to an earpiece inside the ear canal and are the largest hearing aid. They have excellent sound quality.

Cochlear implants are an excellent option if you have severe hearing loss. They are placed inside the ear and compensate for parts of your ear that aren’t working efficiently.

Hearing aids can restore your hearing and enhance your enjoyment of life. To find out more about hearing aids and what they can do for you, call the ENT specialists at South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, with offices in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Okeechobee, Florida. Call today.

By South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat
July 24, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Losing your ability to hear can be challenging. It can also dramatically affect your quality of life. Everyday sounds, conversations, and music are all part of the fabric of your life. When you are having trouble hearing, it can seem overwhelming. The good news is, there are effective ways to deal with hearing loss.

The doctors at South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat offer a full range of ENT services, including options to give you back your hearing ability. They have several convenient office locations in Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, and Port St. Lucie, FL.

Hearing loss is a common problem affecting over 30% of adults over age 65, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. You may be having some degree of hearing loss if you experience:

  • Hearing muffled speech sounds
  • Difficulty understanding individual words
  • Needing people to speak more slowly or loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume on the television or radio
  • Wanting to withdraw from conversations
  • Wanting to avoid social events

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should schedule a hearing test. A hearing screening is quick, easy and inexpensive. Hearing tests can determine your degree of hearing loss and help you and your doctor decide the right treatment option for you.

Your doctor may recommend a hearing aid. There are several types of hearing aids for you to consider including:

  • CIC hearing aids, which are completely in the canal
  • ITE hearing aids, which are in the ear
  • BTE hearing aids, which loop over the top of your ear and behind it
  • Cochlear implants, which perform the functions of parts of your ear that are no longer working properly

Your hearing is precious, and hearing loss can happen so gradually, you may not even notice it. That’s why it’s important to schedule a hearing test at least every 10 years through age 50, and every 3 years after age 50.

If you are dealing with hearing loss, it’s time to get some help. It’s time to call your ENT at South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, with offices in Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, and Port St. Lucie, FL. Call now!

By South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat
April 19, 2019
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Have sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes a cessation in breathing during sleep. Untreated, sleep apnea has sleep apneabeen linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, memory problems, and weight gain. Dr. Berghash, Dr. Lanza, or Dr. Wright at South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat (with offices in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Okeechobee, FL), offer treatments for sleep apnea. Here are four signs you may have sleep apnea.

1. Pauses in Breathing- Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing during the night. Pauses in breathing can last up to 10-20 seconds at a time. These pauses in breathing are often followed by gasping or choking noises as the body's respiratory system fights through the blockage.

2. Loud Snoring- Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud or frequent snoring. Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. Snoring occurs when you cannot move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you might not snore every night. Over time, the snoring may occur more often and get louder. Snoring can cause disruptions to your sleep and your bed partner's sleep.

3. Daytime Sleepiness- Another sign of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness. If you have sleep apnea, you may have trouble staying awake during the moments of the day when you're not active. People with daytime sleepiness are at risk of occupational injuries and motor vehicle accidents, and have poorer health than comparable adults.

4. Morning Headaches- Morning headaches may be a sign of sleep apnea. When you suffer from sleep apnea, your airway is completely or partially blocked during sleep. Because of this closure, the amount of oxygen being transported to your brain is reduced, which puts you at risk for morning headaches. Through the treatment of sleep apnea, people can experience improved sleep while also resolving headache pain.

A proper diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea can change your life dramatically for the better. Call one of South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat's offices to schedule an appointment- Fort Pierce, FL-(772) 464-6055; Okeechobee, FL, (863) 357-7791; Port St. Lucie, FL, (772) 398-9911. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat!

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