Why are we specifying urgent care for ear, nose, and throat issues? Don’t regular urgent cares handle those symptoms and conditions already? Yes, truth be told, 70% of urgent care visits are ear, nose, and throat related. That means anyone with a sinus infection, allergies, snoring, or even dizziness statistically go to a clinic rather than a specialist. But why?
We can all agree that urgent cares are more convenient than going to a specialist. Most times, a specialist requires a referral from a doctor, which just feels like a long and drawn-out process. So then you take your symptoms to urgent care in hopes they’ll not only treat the issue but they’ll do it quickly so as to not inconvenience your time. But what do you care more about? Your symptoms or your time?
Say you’re suffering from a painful sinus infection. Your face hurts, there’s pressure behind your eyes, there’s congestion and post-nasal drip, and discolored mucus shoots out when you blow your nose. It’s rather miserable, but you’re busy at work and can’t find the extra time to seek out a specialist. You go to an urgent care, hoping they’ll just take the pain away, but they give you an antibiotic instead. Maybe it works after taking it for 10 days, but then you suffer another sinus infection a couple months later. The process continues.
The true urgent care for ear, nose, and throat
If you’re struggling with ear, nose, and throat issues that only receive surface-level solutions from urgent cares, then it’s time to change it up. You need a place that’ll treat the source of the problem, not the symptoms.
Let’s look at the previous scenario of taking your sinus infections to an urgent care. After a few tries with antibiotics, you might start considering new options. You discover the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute and find that they do more than just prescriptions, they perform procedures with long-term results.
Take chronic sinusitis, for example, a condition where sinus infections last much longer than usual and occur more frequently. Our specialists will diagnose, then treat based on your individual needs. One of the procedures we might consider is called balloon sinuplasty, a non-invasive procedure where a small balloon-like device enters the sinus passages then inflates, opening them back up again. Open passages mean better mucus flow.
That’s one way we treat sinus issues; however, many other treatments await you and your loved ones at the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute including allergy testing and immunotherapy, sleep disorder treatment, acid reflux treatment, and physical therapy.
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