The Hazards of Self-Diagnosis- Atlanta ENT

How often have we all had a medical problem and thought to ourselves, “I’m sure it’s just ____, and I’ll be fine”? Particularly when it comes to sinus problems, it can be hard for many people to recognize the difference between a cold and a serious infection, or the difference between different types of headaches. What headaches just need aspirin, and which ones mean you should see the doctor?

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to tell. Still, you can’t visit the doctor every time you have an ache or a pain, so it quickly becomes a matter of learning how to effectively determine when to make an appointment to visit your ENT specialist, for example.

The fact of the matter is that every time you attempt to either self-diagnose or “just wait and see”, you’re gambling with your health, your relationships, your ability to work, and more. Even if you end up being safe 99 times out of 100, there’s still that one time when your life is at risk.

We get colds regularly, and so we don’t think much of them. However, most people don’t know that untreated sinus infections can potentially be fatal. The infection can travel through the bone of your skull and reach your brain, causing what can be permanent damage.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, they may need treatment from your Atlanta ENT specialist:

Why risk self-diagnosing “just a cold” and then “waiting to see”? Take care of yourself and see a specialist. Don’t gamble with your health!

Ramie Tritt, MD, President, Atlanta ENT

You Might Also Enjoy...

Overview of Nasal Polyps

Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is a complex health issue which affects 1-4% of the general population. Read More >>

Avoid Asthma Attacks with Better Indoor Air Quality

Tens of thousands of people suffer from asthma in the United States, with hundreds of those in Georgia. The instances of this disease are on the rise across the nation and the world. People who suffer from this illness have swollen and inflamed airways ...

How Do Chronic Sinus Issues Affect Overall Health

Anyone who has chronic sinusitis is quite familiar with the pressure behind the eyes, headaches, constant dripping nose and coughing that go hand in hand with the condition. Here are some things to look out for if you are affected by chronic sinusitis:

The Link Between Nasal Polyps and Snoring

Nasal polyps number among many causes of obstructions within the nasal passages. Such obstructions can lead to increased strain being required for the simple act of breathing. When asleep, this can often enough result in snoring.

Sleep Apnea May Increase Women’s Risk of Heart Disease

Sleep apnea is a silent affliction that affects millions of people every year. It often goes undiagnosed, and has been associated with many health problems from tiredness and lack of focus to high blood pressure to diabetes to mental and emotional problems

Help for Hives

You might think that you are the only one that has them, but you’re not. If you have hives, you are one of MANY! Hives (technically called “urticaria”) is a very common skin problem with the most common symptom being itchiness.