LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, June 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Both chronic and short-term conditions can affect a person's breathing. Many people suffer from seasonal allergies or colds that inflame the sinuses and obstruct their airways. While these conditions are serious and incredibly uncomfortable, they are usually treatable.
While allergies do affect a significant portion of the population, six million Americans have asthma. It is common for asthma and allergies to occur together, meaning that of those six million people, the vast majority suffers intensely on high pollen count days. These two conditions can make springtime and summer absolutely miserable if they are left untreated.
The most chronic conditions manifest in people who have weakened immune systems: they stem from other serious problems such as lung cancer, emphysema, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and HIV/AIDS-related lung disease. Lawrenceville otolaryngologists, or Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists, offer several remedies to treat common breathing problems.
To treat allergies, an otolaryngologist at Princeton Eye and Ear will most likely prescribe medication-often antihistamines and nasal decongestants. For more severe cases, allergy shots may be needed to build up the body's immune response to the allergen over time.
The septum is the vertical structure dividing the two nasal passages in the nose. A deviated septum is crooked or bent and can block the flow of air through the nose. If the constriction is serious, an outpatient surgical procedure can be performed at Princeton Eye and Ear's Lawrenceville facilities to straighten out the septum and open the nasal airways.
Molds, dust, pollen, and dry air are the most common culprits of environmentally induced allergies. Lawrenceville Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists (or ENTs) can test for certain bodily reactions to a specific allergen. If the allergic response is severe, an otolaryngologist may recommend allergy shots to allow patients to build immunities to the allergens and alleviate their symptoms.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of sinus tissue behind the upper cheeks on both sides of the nose, between the eyes and above the eyes. Congestion is a common symptom of sinusitis. Many over-the-counter medications suffice in treating milder forms of this condition, but for more serious cases, prescription medications may be required to alleviate pain and pressure in the nasal passages. Occasionally, surgery is required to remove inflamed tissue in the sinuses.
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder that occurs when the upper airway becomes completely or partially blocked and interrupts regular breathing during sleep. Risk factors for sleep apnea include being male, overweight, and over 40 years old. However, sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age-even children.
For mild cases, an otolaryngologist may prescribe nasal decongestants, steroid inhalants, or oral mouth devices that force the jaw forward to prevent the tongue from blocking the airway. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are available for people with moderate to severe sleep apnea. This device straps onto your face and generates pressurized air, which helps keep your airway open during sleep. In the most severe cases, an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist may need to perform surgery to open the airway.
If you suffer from chronic breathing problems or cumbersome sleep apnea, contact our office at 609-403-8840 and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.
About Princeton Eye and Ear: Princeton Eye and Ear is a go-to care provider for all problems concerning otolaryngology, ophthalmology and even face or neck cosmetic surgery. Each otolaryngologist at the Lawrenceville and Plainsboro offices, as well as the head and neck surgeons and ophthalmologists are all board certified with years of experience in their profession.
Dr. Chetan Shah
2999 Princeton Pike 2nd Floor
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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