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November 09, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Dizziness  

If you are feeling lightheaded rather regularly this is a problem you should definitely check into.dizziness

There are many reasons why someone may feel dizzy. While this usually isn’t a cause for concern, if this is something you are dealing with regularly or if your dizziness is rather severe then it’s important that you seek medical attention. Why visit our Maysville, KY, otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Conrad for dizziness? Well, your problem could just be ear-related.

Is your dizziness accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, loss of hearing, pressure in the ears, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)? If so, these symptoms are also something you should tell our Maysville, KY, ENT doctor about when you call. There are a variety of different conditions and disorders that can cause people to feel dizzy such as:

  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Vestibular disorders or inner ear problems

In order to figure out what is causing your dizziness, we will need to go through your medical history to figure out if there are any pre-existing conditions or medications you are taking that could be to blame.

Since balance is associated with the inner ear, we may also conduct a hearing test. Of course, balance isn’t just influenced by the inner ear. This system is also connected to the eyes and parts of the brain. If signals being sent to some of these areas of the body aren’t working properly this may be why you are experiencing frequent dizziness.

Vertigo is a condition that is characterized by feeling off balance. It may feel as if the world around you is spinning. These symptoms may appear randomly or you may only notice them when changing head positions. Vertigo appears when there is a problem with the inner ear. Certain conditions that can cause vertigo include:

  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular migraines
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular neuronitis (a viral infection of the vestibular nerve)

We will need to figure out the root cause before we can create a proper treatment plan. Medications and certain therapies will often be prescribed to help improve the vestibular system and to reduce the frequency and intensity of your dizziness.

Turn to ENTLC in Maysville, KY, and Flemingsburg, KY, for all of your ear, nose and throat needs. Whether you are experiencing dizziness or persistent sore throats, we can be there to provide you with the care you need.

August 01, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Many people afflicted with various allergies obtain relief through allergy injections. However, injections are not ideal for everyone. Infants, allergieschildren or adults who cannot tolerate needles and injections require an alternative treatment option. An excellent alternative to traditional allergy injections is sublingual allergy treatment, also called sublingual immunotherapy treatment. In Maysville, KY, sublingual allergy treatment is available at ENTLC where Dr. Paul Conrad can determine if this treatment option is right for you or your child.

What is Sublingual Allergy Treatment?

Once your doctor has confirmed your particular allergy or allergies, an extract of the allergen(s) is prepared. The extract will be used to help you build up immunity to the allergen(s). To use, a small amount of the extract is placed under the tongue for 30 sec to 1 minutes at a time. The process is repeated daily or sometimes multiple times in a day to develop immunity quickly. This process continues for between three and five years until full immunity from the allergen(s) is achieved. Once full immunity is established, you will no longer need to place the extract under the tongue.

Sublingual allergy treatment in Maysville, KY, can be prescribed for patients of all ages, and is especially ideal for infants and children with allergies who might be afraid of receiving an allergy injection. In addition to being great for infants and children, sublingual allergy treatment is also a good option for patients with mold and food allergies, asthma or chronic sinusitis, as well as those who have multiple allergies. Finally, sublingual allergy treatment tends to cost less than traditional allergy injection treatments.

Sublingual allergy treatments are a practical alternative to traditional allergy injections for patients who are averse to needles. With office locations in Maysville and Flemingsburg, ENTLC is your Ear Nose and Throat practice for allergy treatment in Maysville, KY. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Conrad, call ENTLC at (606) 759-4852.

May 24, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergy  

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children experience allergiesallergy symptoms ranging from mild (the occasional sneeze) to severe skin reactions. Allergy testing and treatment can give you relief in advance of the spring and summer seasons when allergies commonly tend to flare up. Explore the allergy relief options an ENT at ENTLC in Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY, can offer you.

What Causes Allergies?
Allergies flare when a certain substance comes in contact with your body that your immune system doesn't like. Pollen in the air is one of the most common culprits. Some people are also affected by pet dander, dust, mold and other particles that float around. While some people are affected by what’s in the air, some are allergic to things that they eat or that come in contact with their skin (detergents, insect bites, etc).

Allergy Testing
Due to the many different types of allergies, it’s important to pin down what exactly is causing your symptoms so that it can be effectively treated. The best way to identify exactly what you're allergic to is to get tested by a Flemingsburg and Maysville ENT. There is a skin (scratch) test and a blood test. In the case of a skin test, a series of allergens are introduced that will show your doctor what’s affecting you. Blood tests show antibodies that may react to certain foods and substances.

Allergy Treatment
Once your allergist pinpoints the exact cause of allergy, an appropriate treatment can be recommended. In many cases an anti-histamine will help keep symptoms under control. Here are a few other possible treatments your ENT may explore with you at your next appointment:

  • decongestants and nasal allergy sprays
  • prescription eye drops
  • EpiPen and anti-allergy injections
  • allergy inhibitors
  • immune system therapy (also known as immunotherapy)

Call for Allergy Solutions
The solution to your annoying allergy problems may be at ENTLC in Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY. Call (606) 759-4852 today to schedule an allergy test with Dr. Paul Conrad to talk about testing and treatment options.

February 02, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing aids   hearing loss  

There are times that patients will realize it is time to seek help for their hearing loss or problem. Hearing aids from ENTLC hearing aidsin Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY, may be the answer. With a variety of types to choose from, Dr. Paul Conrad or Dr. Seth Fritz can help determine which will work best for your hearing loss. One visit with an audiologist can help determine your loss and the proper treatment method for your particular situation.

Types of Hearing Aids

Ultimately, the type of hearing aid that will work best for you will depend on the extent of your hearing loss.

Here are some of the most popular hearing aids:

  1. Behind the Ear (BTE): This is the most noticeable type of hearing aid that offers great volumes than any other device.
  2. Completely in the Canal (CIC): This is the most discreet and smallest hearing aid on the market. This is popular as it is inconspicuous. Volume control isn’t available in this type of hearing aid, however.
  3. In the Ear (ITW): These are slightly larger than the CIC type, which gives them volume control and other features. These also have a larger battery life.

What Hearing Aids in Flemingsburg and Maysville Can Do For You

With the help of ENTLC, your hearing loss problem can be resolved. An audiologist can discuss with you the options available and determine a choice that seems best suited for you. Hearing aids can help you hear better and thus feel more connected to those around you. They also can keep your safe. Most importantly, hearing aids can increase your quality of life. To schedule an appointment with a hearing loss professional, call our Maysville, KY, office at (606) 759-4852 or our Flemingsburg, KY, office at (606) 759-4852 today.

October 18, 2016
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

If you hear only mumbling when other people speak, need the television louder than others or strain to hear conversations, you may have Hearing Losshearing loss. Hearing loss is more common as we age, but can occur for a variety of reasons. If you think what you’re experiencing may be hearing loss, talk to your ear, nose and throat doctor about a hearing aid.

Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is more than just a lowering of the volume. Hearing loss may make it difficult to distinguish one sound from another. To consider whether you need a hearing aid, ask yourself if you experience any of the following:

  • Needing the phone volume turned all the way up

  • Difficulty understanding people when you can’t see their faces

  • Feeling impatient and withdrawn because conversations are becoming difficult

  • Difficulty hearing high pitched sounds

  • Difficulty focusing when more than one person speaks

If you experiencing any of these common symptoms of hearing loss, make an appointment with your ENT for a hearing test and medical evaluation.

What Can a Hearing Aid Do?

A hearing aid will help to amplify the sound to a volume that you can comfortably hear. It can also improve your ability to understand speech so it doesn’t sound like people are mumbling to you. Certain hearing aids can help to amplify the higher pitched sounds. They can also enable you to hear someone speaking in a noisy environment.

One or Two Hearing Aids?

Some people wonder if they need a hearing aid for each ear. Even if you only have hearing loss in one of your ears, your doctor may recommend wearing a hearing aid in each ear to improve the quality of sound.

If you think it may be time about a hearing aid, your ENT has services to meet all your hearing needs. Schedule a consultation today to get on the road to hearing clearer, more vibrant sounds with a hearing aid.

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