Did you know that most American children get tonsillitis at least once? Did you know it may be caused by either a virus or a bacteria (typically, streptococcus)? If your child has a sore throat, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes, it's most likely tonsilitis, and it can be relieved with treatment from the experts at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA. Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery see numerous patients with this acute or chronic condition, and they'll put your child on the road to recovery quickly.
Causes and symptoms of tonsillitis in Lafayette
The American Academy of Otolaryngology reports that most cases of tonsillitis occur in the five to 15 age group. However, adults can suffer from it, too, usually in the form of very painful tonsillar abscesses. Other forms of tonsillitis are acute, chronic, recurrent, last about four days, have many episodes a year, and seem to be an ongoing infection.
Where does tonsillitis occur? It affects the lymphoid tissue at the back of the throat and base of the tongue and frequently infects and enlarges both sides of the throat at once. Strep bacteria or 4 kinds of highly contagious viruses cause tonsillitis. They are:
- the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
- the Measles virus
Sometimes developing very quickly, symptoms of this common childhood disease include:
- Bad breath
- Lymph node swelling
- Obvious swelling and redness of the tonsils (upon visual inspection)
- Extreme hoarseness
- Pinpoint red spots at the back of the throat
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Mouth breathing
In extreme cases, tonsillitis may impair the airway. Your otolaryngologists in Lafayette recommend an in-office check-up and throat culture to determine the causative agent and to determine the best course of treatment for your child.
Treating infected tonsils in Lafayette
ENT physicians use antibiotic therapy for tonsillitis caused by Strep bacteria. While years ago, physicians routinely performed tonsillectomies on young children, only extreme and recurring cases warrant surgery. Your ENT physician will drain a tonsillar abscess. Additionally, the doctors recommend rest, plenty of fluids, over the counter analgesics and a liquid to very soft diet as tolerated during recovery.
Parents, knowing the symptoms of infected tonsils is half the battle. The other part is proper treatment from your the professional team at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists. We have appointment times Monday through Friday, so call right away when the need arises: (337) 232-2330.
Find out what causes allergies and how you can get them under control.
Anyone who has allergies deals with a lot of those same annoying symptoms: the constant sneezing, the red itchy eyes, the runny nose. Of course, not everyone understands that their symptoms could actually be due to allergies. What are allergies and how are they managed? Our Lafayette, LA, otolaryngologists Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge and Dr. Denbo Montgomery are here to answer all your burning questions.
Did you know that allergies are one of the most common long-term disorders that people deal with? When exposed to a certain allergen, your body tells you that this allergen is harmful and then goes to work to attack it. This means that your immune system kicks into overdrive and produces antibodies known as immunoglobulin E. Your body’s natural inclination to overreact to this allergen is known as an allergic reaction.
There are many things to which you could be allergic including:
- Pet dander
Allergy symptoms can range from mild to more serious and even life-threatening. If you suspect that your symptoms are due to allergies our Lafayette, LA, ENT doctors can easily diagnose you and create a treatment plan that will get you feeling better quickly.
Allergy Treatment Options
The treatment or treatments you receive will depend on the type of allergy you have and the severity of your symptoms. You’ll be happy to hear that a lot of allergy sufferers can find the relief they need through simple medications. Those with very mild symptoms may be able to get away with over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants (to fight nasal congestion).
We may also prescribe stronger antihistamines or nasal sprays if your symptoms are more moderate or severe. In some cases, a long-term allergy sufferer may finally choose to get allergy shots to significantly lessen the body’s response to a specific allergen.
Of course, there are also non-medicinal approaches to reducing your exposure to the offending allergen. We can offer up some great tips you can do around the home to reduce allergy symptoms. From bathing your trusty pet once a week to using allergy-proof bedding, there are many ways to get those allergy symptoms under control once and for all.
Don’t let allergies ruin your fun in Lafayette, LA. There are so many different ways to tackle your symptoms. If you feel like you are losing the battle against allergies then call Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists today.
Do you suffer from chronic sinusitis? You're not alone. Chronic sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that ENT doctors use for the treatment of chronic sinusitis. Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge or Dr. Denbo Montgomery at Lafayette Ear Nose & Throat Specialists, which is located in Lafayette, LA, offer treatments for ear, nose and throat problems.
About Chronic Sinusitis
With sinusitis, the tissues inside your sinuses become inflamed and blocked for a long period of time due to mucus buildup and swelling. Acute sinusitis usually lasts for a week, but chronic sinusitis can linger for months or years. Sinusitis is considered chronic after at least 12 weeks of symptoms.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
Pressure in the face and pain along with a runny or stuffy nose are the main symptoms of sinusitis. You also may have a greenish or yellow discharge from your nose. Other common symptoms of sinusitis include fever, coughing, bad breath, reduced sense of taste or smell, headache, bad breath, and tooth pain.
What is an ENT Doctor?
ENT doctors specialize in conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. They are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic sinusitis. The symptoms of chronic sinusitis mimic those of allergies and the common cold, but sinusitis lasts longer and requires treatment. ENT doctors use sophisticated tools to diagnose this chronic condition and recommend treatments to help you breathe more easily and feel better.
About Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, surgical procedure. First, your ENT doctor will put a thin tube into your nose. Attached at one end of it is a small balloon. Next, your doctor will guide the balloon to the blocked area inside your nose and inflate it. This helps clear the passageway so your sinuses can drain better and you won’t be so congested. The main goals of the procedure are to relieve your symptoms and cut down on how many infections you get.
Chronic sinusitis can affect your daily activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Get relief today with one of Lafayette LA's top ear, nose, and throat doctors. Call Lafayette Ear Nose & Throat Specialists at 337-232-2330 now to schedule an appointment in Lafayette, LA.
Have you ever had a nosebleed? Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that about 15 percent of people do experience this messy and sometimes frightening bleeding episode at least one time in their lives. But, if you are having chronic nosebleeds that are profuse and happen frequently, you need attention from your ENT physician in Lafayette, LA, Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge or Dr. Denbo Montgomery. Your doctor at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists can pinpoint the cause and give you the expert, caring treatment you require.
Reasons for nosebleeds
Some nosebleeds happen suddenly. Your child is struck in the nose hard by a flying frisbee. Your spouse contacts another individual during a martial arts class.
With other kinds of nosebleeds, the individual may feel them starting--ones that stem from inflammation caused by allergic rhinitis or sinusitis, for instance. Whatever the onset is like, nosebleeds have varying causes including:
- A very dry indoor or outdoor environment
- Blood clotting problems
- Drugs such as anti-inflammatories
- Nasal and skull fractures
- Vigorous nose blowing
- Structural problems within the nose itself
Also, you should know that bleeds from the front of the nose tend to be less serious in origin. Posterior nosebleeds, located closer to the skull, may be more concerning. Your board-certified ENT physician in Lafayette can determine the point of origin of your nosebleeds through reviewing your symptoms, X-rays and nasal examination.
What you can do right away
To stop a nosebleed, sit straight up, and pinch both nostrils closed with your thumb and forefinger. Physicians at the Harvard Medical School recommend locating your fingers at the area of your nose where the hard septum stops and the softer cartilage begins. Hold them closed until bleeding resolves.
When the problem keeps happening
Dr. Alldredge may recommend any number of common sense interventions to reduce the number of your nosebleeds. Much depends, however, on why they are occurring in the first place. Your doctor may advise:
- Nasal moisturizers
- Humidifying the air in your home
- Smoking cessation
- Nasal packing
- Cautery (silver nitrate or electric cautery seals the leaking blood vessels)
If you struggle with recurring nosebleeds, your ENT doctor in Lafayette, LA can help. Contact Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists today for a convenient appointment time, and expect to feel better soon! Call (337) 232-2330.
Spring is upon us, so find out what might be causing those itchy eyes and scratchy throat.
While the sunny weather is always welcomed, it’s your allergies that are the unwelcomed visitors. Don’t let allergies keep you from enjoying the beautiful weather. Our Lafayette, LA, otolaryngologists Drs. John Alldredge, C. Barrett Alldredge and Dr. Denbo Montgomery offer up some tips for how to tackle your allergy symptoms.
What is causing your allergy problems?
There are many things that could cause issues to flare up. Perhaps you are allergic to dust mites, pollen, dander, mold or pollen. You could also be allergic to insect bites and stings, certain foods or even the medication you are taking.
How should I manage my allergies?
A lot will depend on the type of allergies you have but here are some great pointers to keep in mind:
- Keep Your Furniture Clean: Do you have an allergy to dust mites? If so, it’s important that you keep your bedding, carpeting, rugs and furniture as clean as possible. This means washing them at least once a week in very hot water and vacuuming furniture and carpeting often to reduce your exposure to dust mites. You can also
look for dust mite or allergy-proof covers for your bedding.
- Shut Out the Pollen: Even though the beautiful warm breeze might beckon you to turn off the AC and open the windows, know that this could cause your allergy symptoms to flare up if you are sensitive to pollen. Blustery days in particular can really kick up your allergies, so be sure to limit time outside on those days and keep windows shut.
- Bathe Your Pets Often: We know how much pets become like family and yet it can be disheartening to find out that your allergies are coming from your beloved pet. Don’t lose heart; in fact, a lot of people can keep their symptoms under control just by bathing their pet at least once a week or more. Giving your pets the proper cleaning they need will keep dander down (and make them smell pretty nice, too!), which also means less dander on your furniture, as well.
- Take Medication: Sometimes you can make every lifestyle adjustment known to man and you still can’t get relief. It’s frustrating, we know. This is when over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants can tackle your runny nose, itchy red eyes and chest congestion. If you aren’t sure what kinds of medications to use, then ask our Lafayette, LA, ENT doctors for advice.
Do you feel like you just can’t handle your allergy problems on your own? Does nothing seem to be helping? If so, then call Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA, today to find out what we can do to help.
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