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By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
August 06, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Ear Tubes  

Find out when ear tubes may be a necessary option for preventing future ear infections.

It’s fairly common for children under three years old to develop an ear infection. This is because their ears haven’t fully developed yet, making them prone to infection. Ear infections will either go away on their own or our Chesterfield MO otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Burk can treat them with antibiotics. Of course, some parents have to consider getting ear tubes for their children if they are dealing with persistent ear infections. Consider talking to your Ear Nose Throat Balloon Sinusplaty office today to learn more.

Does my child need ear tubes?

Ear tubes aren’t necessary unless your child deals with persistent ear infections throughout the year or their infections are severe. However, it is important to know when it might be time to consider ear tubes. While this is certainly something that our ENT doctor can discuss with you the next time you come into his Chesterfield MO practice, your child may be an ideal candidate for ear tubes if they are:

  • Experiencing more than three infections within 6 months
  • Experiencing more than four infections in one year
  • Dealing with hearing loss due to recurring ear infections

Children of all ages can benefit from ear tubes, from infants to teens, so talk with your ENT doctor to find out if ear tubes may be the right choice for your little one.

Will ear tubes prevent infections?

While ear tubes won’t completely prevent ear infections, they will cut down on the number and severity of your child’s infections, which is why parents often find ear tubes invaluable if their little one is dealing with chronic ear infections.

What should we expect from the procedure?

This is a fast outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia, so your child will be asleep throughout the procedure. The surgery itself only takes about 10 minutes and most children can go back to their normal routine the next day. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ear drops to use after surgery to prevent infection.

How long do ear tubes stay in?

The ear tubes will often stay in anywhere from six months to one year before falling out. Most of the time ear tubes will fall out on their own; however, it is possible that ear tubes will not fall out and your doctor may recommend leaving them in for more than one year. If your child develops severe and recurring ear infections again after the ear tubes have been removed, then your doctor might suggest placing another set of ear tubes.

If you want to sit down with our Chesterfield MO ENT doctor to determine whether ear tubes are the right way to address your child’s recurring ear infections, then call Ear Nose Throat Balloon Sinusplasty today at (314) 576-7503 to schedule a consultation.


By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
August 05, 2020
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Balance Problem  

Do you find yourself stumbling more often, or feeling dizzy without knowing why? You’re invited to Dr. Paul Burk’s practice, Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty with St. Luke’s Hospital, in West Chesterfield MO, to get the professional care you need and get to the bottom of your balance problem.

Balance problems in advanced adulthood can stem from many reasons. Here are a few ways to know if there is a problem with the balance present:

There's liquid in the inner ear

Are you experiencing an earache? Also known as labyrinthitis, this inflammation is caused by infection or injury in the ear. When one ear has fluid in it, and the other does not, this fosters imbalance and vertigo.

Changes in gait

As the body begins to age, patients find that their orientation in space changes. Individuals start to feel unsteady, and there is an uneasiness due to the fear of falling. Do you feel like you can’t seem to get your bearings?

Loss of motion

For those who were previously athletes, old sports injuries can restrict the range of motion. This, in turn, can affect change in balance.

Balance disorders

These disorders have several symptoms in common:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Feeling like you are going to fall or actual falling

Dehydration

Eating well and drinking plenty of water daily helps to stave off dehydration. Lack of water in the body causes the blood pressure to go down, and patients begin to feel dizzy as a result. Many doctors recommend 6-8 glasses of water a day to help your body feel better. When dehydrated, foods with some sodium will help the liquids stay in your system longer.

Explore your options in treating your balance problems with a visit to Dr. Paul Burk in West Chesterfield, MO. Contact Ear Nose Throat and Balloon Sinuplasty with St. Luke’s Hospital at (314) 576-7503 to make an appointment.


By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
August 05, 2020
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Deviated Septum  

Your nasal septum is the firm, flexible wall that is located between the left and right sides of your nose. A normal nasal septum is centered between both sides of your nose, but many of us have septums that are slightly off-center. If your nasal septum is extremely off-center, you have a deviated septum.

When you have a deviated septum, one side of your nose is wider than normal. The other side is narrower. This can lead to various problems. If you have symptoms of a deviated septum and live in Chesterfield MO, contact Dr. Paul Burk. He can help treat deviated septums as well as other medical conditions relating to the ears, nose, and throat. Contact Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty to learn more. Keep reading to learn about the symptoms of a deviated septum.

Signs to Look Out For

Most people who have a deviated septum don't experience any symptoms. That's because they only have a minor deviation. Others may experience a variety of issues, including:

  • frequent sinus infections.
  • loud breathing or snoring while you sleep.
  • breathing difficulties.
  • nosebleeds.
  • nasal pressure or congestion.
  • postnasal drip.
  • facial pain.
  • headaches.

Treatment for a Deviated Septum

Your doctor in Chesterfield MO may choose to treat your symptoms by prescribing nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, or decongestants. These medications treat swollen mucus membranes, but they don't repair a deviated septum. In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend septoplasty, surgery to correct deviated septums. During the procedure, the doctor straightens and correctly positions your septum. As a result, air flows more easily through both nostrils.

Schedule a Visit

Dr. Paul Burk treats a variety of medical conditions relating to the ear, nose, and throat. Visit our Chesterfield MO medical office at Ears, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinusplasty to receive treatment for your deviated septum. He will provide you with quality care, including the information you need to learn more about your medical condition. Please call us at 314-576-7503 for your appointment.