What conditions does an ENT specialist treat?

  • October 13, 2020
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If you are experiencing an ear, nose or throat condition, you may be referred to an ENT specialist.

Treating children and adults, ENT specialists help their patients to reduce pain and improve hearing, smell, breathing, verbal communication and swallowing. ENT’s complete extensive medical training and work in private practice, major medical clinics, and hospitals.

What will my first ENT consultation include?

On your first visit to an ENT, you can expect a thorough assessment. Your specialist considers your medical history and current symptoms. At this stage, you may also need medical tests to further investigate your condition. After an informed diagnosis, your ENT prescribes an appropriate treatment; this may include surgery or medication.

ENT’s treat a range of conditions in the head and neck, including:

Conditions of the ear

ENT specialists treat serious or recurring conditions of the ear. This includes ear infections, hearing impairments, and disorders affecting balance. Another common condition is tinnitus (medically diagnosed ringing in the ears). If you are experiencing severe pain in one or both of your ears, you may be referred to an ENT specialist for investigation. People with a congenital disorder of the ear may also visit an ENT for treatment or long-term management.

ENT treatment for ear conditions varies depending on the individual’s symptoms and history. For example, an adult’s ear infection would typically be treated medically with antibiotics, but serious cases could require surgery.

Conditions of the nose

Conditions of the nasal cavity, nose and sinuses can affect breathing, smell, physical appearance and sleep. ENT’s treat nose conditions including nasal polyps, sinusitis, cancer, deviated septum’s and bleeding.

ENT’s treat children and adults with nasal conditions, however, surgery is typically postponed until adulthood to ensure growth does not resolve the condition.

Conditions of the throat

Conditions of the throat can affect speech, eating, swallowing, singing and digestion. The treatment of throat conditions by an ENT results in increased quality of life. For patients with speech difficulty, ENT treatment can also improve communication ability.

Common conditions treated by an ENT include a hoarse voice, cancer, enlarged tonsils, a trapped foreign body, and difficulty swallowing.

Recurring tonsilitis and enlarged tonsils can be treated with the surgical removal of the tonsils, called a tonsillectomy. This procedure is common for children and is completed by an ENT.

ENT-related illness of the head and neck

As specialists of the ear, nose and throat, ENT’s are trained to treat and manage tumours, deformities, diseases and trauma of the face, head or neck. They perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in these cases as well as assisting their patient with related nerve problems that affect hearing, sight, smell or movement. If you experience a head injury, an ENT may be a part of your treatment team.

Selecting the right ENT Specialist for you

Our ears, nose and throat play a vital role in our perception of the world and ability to communicate. Visiting an ENT to treat your condition can greatly improve your quality of life.

Patients experiencing intermittent ear, nose and throat conditions often tolerate symptoms for years without the appropriate treatment. These recurring conditions such as tonsillitis and ear infections can be effectively treated by an ENT, with long-term reduction or removal of symptoms.

If you have been referred to an ENT by your GP, upload your letter to Smart Referral today. You can select your practitioner based on location, fees, availability, and expertise.

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