Dealing with Headaches: How an ENT Specialist Can Help

Headaches can come about for a number of reasons. A few years ago, I noticed that popping aspirin was not making my headaches go away. After taking a quick look, my doctor referred me to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. What I learned is that my headaches were begin caused by pressure in my sinuses. Even though I did not have any problem breathing, there was an infection that created pressure and caused the throbbing pain. Once the origin of the problem was found, it did not take long to treat the infection, and the headaches went away. If you have been referred to an ENT, do not assume the worst. You will find, as I did, that this type of help can mean resolving an issue that has been causing a lot of discomfort for some time.

3 Options That Can Help You Stop Snoring

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Snoring can not only create a bit of conflict between yourself and your significant other, but it can also greatly affect the quality of your sleep. In many cases, severe and frequent snoring can cause you to sleep less, wake up in the middle of the night more often, and leave you feeling groggy and irritated the next day. Listed below are a few options to consider that can help you with your snoring.

Lifestyle Changes

One of the easiest ways to reduce or eliminate your snoring is to make a few changes to your lifestyle that can make you healthier. The reason for this is that one of the most common causes of snoring is being out of shape, such as by being overweight or just having poor muscle tone. In many cases, simply exercising in order to lose weight and improve your muscle tone can reduce snoring by eliminating fat that has collected around those areas of your body that can contribute to snoring, such as your neck.

Another lifestyle change to consider is to cut back or stop smoking or drinking. This can often help because those substances can lead to excessive muscle relaxation, which doesn't sound too bad until you realize that overly relaxed muscles tend to lead to snoring.

CPAP

Another option to help you reduce or eliminate your snoring is to utilize CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure. Since many people snore due to their airways becoming restricted when they sleep due to weight or other health issues, CPAP works to keep your airway as open as possible. This is achieved by having a machine pumping air into a mask that you wear when you go to sleep that channels pressurized air into your mouth and nose to force your airways to remain open.

Surgery

Finally, you can always speak to an ear, nose, and throat doctor about surgical cures for snoring if you have not had any luck with other methods. Surgical approaches to snoring tend to revolve around removing tissue in your throat to clear your airways a bit. For example, a surgeon can remove a piece of your uvula or pieces of your small palate to help you stop snoring and provide proper respiratory functions while you sleep.

Contact an ear, nose, and throat specialist today in order to discuss which treatment option would be the best for your current situation. Lifestyle changes, CPAP, and surgery are all great options that can help you treat your snoring problem.

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27 September 2016