Lake Cumberland Medical Associates Ear, Nose & Throat provides the medical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck. Our staff is equipped with the experience and special skills needed to diagnose, treat, and manage specialty-specific disorders as well as many primary care problems in both children and adults.
In addition to traditional ENT surgeries such as tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies, we also offer advanced procedures such as pituitary surgery, subcranial surgery, stapedectomy, nasal valve reconstruction, complex sinus surgery, thyroidectomies, and more.
Patients often seek out an ENT, otolaryngologist, or rhinologist if they are experiencing illnesses such as allergic fungal sinusitis, anosmia or hyposmia (loss of or reduced ability to smell), cerebral spinal fluid leaks, chronic epiphora (overflow of tears), a deviated septum, epistaxis (nosebleeds), nasal polyps, pituitary tumors, and skull base tumors, to name a few.
Pediatric ENT Health
In fact, ear infections are the most common type of illness in children. Other frequent pediatric ENT issues include tonsillits and sinusitis. Parents believe ENT problems are usually limited to the colder months, but they are common conditions year-round. And while most pediatricians are equipped to handle basic ENT problems, there does come a time when an ENT specialist should be considered.
Ear, nose and throat conditions are one of the most common reasons for which kids visit the pediatrician every year.
Here are a few scenarious when your child should see an ENT specialist:
Persisent snoring is not normal in children. While it's not necessarily a cause for urgent concern, it's important to rule out certain conditions. Sleep apnea, for example, can lead to a variety of health issues including malformation of facial bones, behavior issues, and even bed-wetting.
It's no secret that children are prone to getting colds. But, if cold symptoms are persistent or if the symptoms get worse, it's time for a visit to a specialist
Chronic Ear Infections
If a child has more than three ear infections during a span of six months, that may mean ear tubes are needed. The decision whether to use ear tubes is made with input from a child's parents, pediatrician, and the pediatric ENT specialist.