This time of year is often extremely busy, filled with school activities, office parties, and family celebrations. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, your attention turns to December and all that the final month of the year holds. If you’re sensing the first signs of the sniffles, or you’ve been battling sinus problems for a few weeks, it’s important to schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist before the hubbub of the holiday season truly begins. If you’re a someone who wants to enjoy his or her winter break from work or school, making a visit to your ENT doctor can mean the difference between a merry holiday and a miserable one.
Understanding Your Symptoms
It can be easy to chalk up cold symptoms to the fact that it’s “that time of year,” but it’s important to understand the symptoms you’re experiencing. If you think you may have sinusitis, symptoms can include nasal congestion, facial tenderness or swelling, and a distorted sense of smell. You may also have chronic sinus pressure and headaches, and this can make everything from studying for finals to shopping for gifts unbearable. You may have tried at-home remedies such as nasal irrigation or over-the-counter antihistamines, but if your symptoms haven’t subsided, it’s important to consult a medical professional. Certain remedies can assuage your symptoms, but often only provide temporary relief.
Making the Most of Your Time
Many people have several holiday and New Year plans, and if they’re unable to attend their office work party or make it to their finals because of an ENT issue, it can raise their stress level exponentially. They want to finish their classes before winter break, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy their free time, but if they’re confined to the couch because of itchy eyes, runny nose, and other symptoms, it can be difficult to make the most of their time (other than catch up on those shows they missed during the fall). The specialists at our Clear Lake clinic can properly diagnose and treat those issues, and give them the chance to attend all the activities they want and do the things they want during the holiday season.
Traveling for the Holidays
If you’re planning to travel for the holidays, it’s important to find an experienced doctor who can provide the means for long-term relief, since you won’t be home for a few days or more. With the proper medication and/or treatment, you can fly or drive without worry, and enjoy your time wherever you are. Getting on a plane with a sinus headache can be very painful, and we want you to have relief no matter where you’re going.
If you’re concerned about an ENT problem affecting your holidays, schedule an appointment with our clinic today. We’ll help you find a time that works for you and do whatever we can to provide the treatment you need to overcome sinus, allergy, hearing, or sleeping problems. Don’t wait any longer – give us a call now!