ENT Issues? How to Feel Great Again

Until I had issues with my ears, nose and throat (ENT) I had no idea how much this area of our bodies can affect life much. What I thought was a bad sore throat turned out to be a life threatening quinsy.

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What I learned from that rather terrifying experience which involved a resuscitation kit and an ambulance ride and a disagreeable emergency procedure was that you should never leave ENT issues in the hope they just go away.

Now it should be a simple case of contacting your GP and hoping for a referral to a specialist. But since, even before Covid-19, the NHS was overstretched you may be waiting for quite some time.

Maybe it's not a physical issue you have but a mental problem. I had cosmetic surgery about 18 years ago and although it was scary I never, ever regret having it done. Just a small change influenced my confidence in an incredibly positive way and from being that person who hates photographs I have since proudly given a keynote speech and been on television a number of times and not hated what I see on screen.

Whatever your head-related issue, make an appointment with an ENT Doctor and chat through your options with a specialist.

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There are so many specialisms within the field of ENT.

Rhinology is all about noses and the respiratory system. Some of the issues which might crop up requiring assessment and assistance from a Rhinologist are:

  • Blocked Nose
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal Discharge/sneezing
  • Loss of or impaired sense of smell
  • Nasal pain
  • Post nasal drip (which can cause coughing)
  • Damage and deformity
  • Nose bleeds
  • Rhinitis (allergic and non-allergenic)
Ear specialists can explore the cause and suggest treatment for a huge range of issues ranging from tinnitus, Meniere's disease, Acoustic Neuroma, glue ear, otosclerosis and a whole host of balance disorders as well as a variety of types of ear infections.

Meanwhile a whole host of conditions can affect the mouth and throat including the painful quinsy one my tonsils which threatened to affect my breathing.  Acid reflux, tonsil stones, swallowing problems, even snoring!

Anyone who has had toothache can attest to how debilitating anything mouth or throat-related can be so it is vital to get issues seen to as soon as possible to be able to return to normal life. I for one would be very happy if someone could sort out my husband's snoring which seems to get worse the older he gets.

Whatever area of your head-ear, nose, mouth or throat-is causing your discomfort and distress don't try and diagnose yourself over the internet. This could result in you to failing to seek medical help in time to get relief from your symptoms or receive potentially life-saving treatment. A good doctor will reassure and suggest the best course of treatment for you.

Don't suffer - get back to living your life 100% with the help of a good ENT doctor.