ENT disorders are common. But fortunately, in many cases you can take steps to prevent them. We review some common ENT disorders and how they can be prevented below.
Middle Ear Infections
Middle ear infections are caused by inflammation of the Eustachian tubes, which are the passageways from the middle ears to the back of the throat. When they are blocked due to inflammation, fluid becomes trapped in the middle ear and bacteria can grow in it.
You can prevent a middle ear infection by managing your allergies by practicing avoidance of known allergens, taking antihistamines or undergoing immunotherapy to prevent an attack. You should also wash your hands frequently and avoid exposure to sick people to prevent an upper respiratory infection.
Swimmer’s ear is another type of ear infection, but in this case, the outer ear canal is affected. It is caused by water becoming trapped in the ear canal after swimming in the Florence Aquatic Center and bacteria growing in it.
To prevent swimmer’s ear, you can wear earplugs or a swim cap when swimming, avoiding water with high bacteria counts and drying the ear thoroughly after swimming.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Not all types of hearing loss are preventable, but noise-induced hearing loss often is. This is caused by long-term exposure to moderately loud noise or short-term exposure to excessively loud sound.
You should always wear hearing protection when exposed to sounds over 85 dB – about the volume of passing highway traffic. While disposable foam earplugs will help, custom-molded earplugs from ENT & Allergy Specialists will provide maximum comfort and protection.
Sinus infections, also known as sinusitis, are “One of the most common reasons for clinical visits in the United States.” They occur when inflammation of the sinus cavities traps mucus, and sometimes bacteria begins to grow.
You can prevent sinus infections by washing hands and avoiding sick people, using a saline nasal spray or rinse if you have a cold and not flying if you are sick. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an expert ENT physician, call ENT & Allergy Specialists today.