What are Ear, Nose, and Throat Infections?
Ear, nose, and throat infections are commonly seen in adults and children alike. When you have a minor ENT condition, you may need immediate care, which is why Lawrence Family Practice Center provides urgent care services for patients with a variety of acute issues, including sinus infections (sinusitis), ear infections, colds, flu, strep throat, and upper respiratory infections. ENT infections can produce uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Sinus pain
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Chest congestion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ear pain
If you need urgent ENT care for yourself or your child, reach out to our caring team to schedule a visit in Lawrence, KS.
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How Are ENT Infections Treated?
One of our physicians will assess your ears, nose, and throat and learn about your symptoms and health history. If needed, we can provide on-site lab testing, including blood work, x-rays, or strep tests. The appropriate course of treatment will be recommended based on your issue. Most viral infections will clear up on their own within about a week or so. To help your body heal faster, we recommend getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated. Over-the-counter medications, such as cough medicine and pain relievers (like ibuprofen or Tylenol) can help alleviate your symptoms while nasal saline rinses can help flush out the nasal cavity. For bacterial infections, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed.
Feel Better Again
Although ENT infections are not usually an emergency, you still probably want to alleviate your discomforts as soon as possible. Contact Lawrence Family Practice Center in Lawrence, KS to book an urgent care appointment with one of our family medicine specialists. We have on-site lab services that allow us to provide a quick diagnosis and appropriate treatments to get you back to feeling better.