If you have not had your first ENT appointment, you may wonder what to expect when you walk into the appointment. ENT (Ear Nose & Throat) doctors take care of diseases and disorders of the ears, sinus, neck, and throat. ENTs address issues relating to sinus and breathing problems that can stem from allergies and sleeping disorders. After you go through your paperwork with the front office, you can expect your ENT to discuss your medical history, give you an examination and may offer to test you depending on what he or she finds at your initial consultation.
It is essential to bring with you any information that will help your ENT understand your unique situation. Such as previous tests or other studies. It is also important to bring a list of medications you are taking so you can discuss the results of taking over the counter or any prescription medications.
The ENT will want to examine your ears, your throat, and your neck. This is quick, painless, and a part of the initial appointment. During the examination, the doctor may have more questions for you. So if it helps, make a list of things you would like to know more about or discuss during your visit with your doctor.
If you have a recurring problem related to sinuses, ear infections, and throat infections, the doctor may want to run some tests to confirm or rule out any concerns. These tests can range, but typically these tests comprise an allergy test, hearing tests, CT scans, and nasal endoscopy.
- Allergy tests take a little time and are scheduled.
- Hearing tests are between twenty and thirty minutes.
- CT scans may be performed elsewhere. Your doctor may not perform this at the office and may refer you, and it takes between 15 and 30 minutes. If your doctor orders a scan without contrast, you will eat and drink as usual. If you are getting a CT scan with contrast, then you cannot eat or drink three hours before the appointment.
- Nasal Endoscopy is two minutes. Quick and painless but can be a little uncomfortable, there is not a need to schedule this for a later time.
Depending on when the tests are performed, you will discuss treatment options necessary, depending on your unique situation. Each person is unique and has different needs.
- Prescription medications for allergies or infections
- Allergy shots based on allergy test panel results
- Nose sprays can be over the counter or prescription.
- Home treatments
There are steps you can take at home to help ease any issues you are having. For example, you can buy a nettie pot for your sinuses if you have allergies.
If the pollen is high, you can put a little Aquaphor or Vaseline around your nose when you go outside and wash it off your face once you come in.
- Wear a hat when you go out if you do not plan to wash your hair immediately after coming inside.
- Leave all jackets or sweaters you wore in a place isolated from areas of the house you reside in more often.
- If you have an ear infection and cannot wait, schedule an appointment immediately.
If you have an appointment scheduled with your ENT, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to complete any paperwork and fill out your medical history. If you need to have tests administered, you will more than likely have to schedule those for a later time. If you are going in for an allergy panel test, they may ask you to reduce or limit any antihistamine 24 hours before your appointment.