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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Should I go to an ENT

06/10/2010

Question:

For the past 2 years I have had recurring sinus infections, most recently the sphenoid sinus. I`ve been perscibed Z-pack antibiotics, decongestants, anti-inflammatory drugs multiple times. The sympotoms will subside but always return in a few weeks or months. Typically the symptoms I get are pain in the top of my head, neck and pressure in my ears. Sometimes I will also get swollen tonsils along with the other symptoms. The most recent episode I get very sharp pain in the top of my head when I bend over, lay down, blow my nose, or sniffle. Should I consider going to an ENT?

Answer:

Yes. With recurrent sinus infections, a work-up needs to be done on why these conditions do not improve. I would highly recommend that you see an ENT.

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Response by:

Siddarth M Khosla, MD Siddarth M Khosla, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati