If the first thing that came to mind when you thought of an ENT was “allergies and sinus,” you’re not alone, because ENTs do treat many patients suffering with allergies and sinus troubles, but primary care physicians and allergists also treat a good number of patients suffering with allergies and sinus troubles.
Otolaryngologists, also known as ENT physicians, specialize in the medical and surgical management of diseases and conditions affecting the ears, nose and throat (ENT), as well as the neck and the head. In other words, ENTs are specially trained to diagnose and treat diseases affecting patients, from the neck up. Many patients visit their primary care physician before seeing an ENT for the first time. Some insurance plans require patients to see their primary care physician first, to rule out or treat simple conditions before seeking the help of a specialist. Good, comprehensive medical care keeps your primary care physician at the center managing all necessary specialists to get the best results.
Why Visit an ENT?
Primary care physicians, allergists and a wide range of other specialists refer patients to an ENT when further diagnosis, testing, monitoring, or surgery may be required or considered for a patient’s condition. For example, a primary care physician or allergist may refer a patient to an ENT to evaluate whether frequent sinus infections may be caused by a deviated septum, or whether nasal polyps are present. ENTs are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases with both medicine and surgery.
ENTs Treat Allergies, Sinus, and Nasal Problems
- Chronic sinusitis/nasal polyposis disease
- Chronic nasal obstruction/deviated septum
ENTs Help People Sleep Better
- Sleep apnea
ENTs Treat Ear Infections and Hearing Loss
- Acute and chronic ear infections
- Hearing loss
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Vertigo and balance issues caused by ear issues
ENT Doctors are Head and Neck Specialists
- Facial trauma
- Head and neck cancer
- Head and neck skin cancers
ENTs Treat Throat and Swallowing Disorders
- Salivary gland dysfunction
- Swallowing disorders
- Voice disorders, vocal cord lesions, voice therapy
If your condition is keeping you from living life to the fullest, an ENT can help.
If you’re looking for a highly qualified, board-certified ENT doctor, call Intercoastal Medical Group today. Intercoastal Medical Group’s large network of primary care physicians and medical specialists can share information on a patient’s care, seamlessly and electronically. There is never any wait for physical files or test results to be transferred to primary care physicians. If you’re looking for a medical practice that can take care of all your health care needs, call Intercoastal Medical Group today for an appointment with one of our board-certified ENTs.