When Should I See an ENT?

There can be some confusion about Otolaryngology, the field of medical specialty that addresses conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat and other areas of the head and neck, as well as Otolaryngologists, or ENT doctors. Otolaryngology is not a recent modern medical “fad”. In fact, this exciting field is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. But what does that mean for you? When should you see an ENT?

What does an ENT doctor do?
First, let’s talk about what an ENT does. As mentioned earlier, ENT specialists deal with things involving the ear, nose, and throat. More specifically, we’re talking about things like ear infections, tinnitus, ear pain, problems with hearing, problems with breathing and smelling, throat conditions that can affect eating, talking, and swallowing, as well as other diseases, disorders, and conditions of the head and neck.

When should I see an ENT?
Many times, you will be referred to an ENT if you have a condition in the related area that falls out of the realm of what your primary care physician is capable of treating, just like any other specialists. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be required to have a referral from your primary care physician in order to see an ENT doctor.

With that said, you should consider taking steps to see an ENT specialist if you have allergies or sinus infections, tonsil or adenoid infection, dizziness or balance problems, asthma, deviated septum, cleft palate, sore throat or hoarseness, nasal congestion or nosebleeds, breathing problems, voice or swallowing problems, or any other conditions, infections, disorders, or growths involving your ears, nose, throat, head, or neck. If you suffer from any of these or other related disorders, talk with your doctor before undergoing any sort of treatment. If you need an ENT specialist in Georgia, the Ashford Clinic is here for you! Give us a call at 706-248-6860 to make an appointment.