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Daily Apple Clinic

Adult Care, Primary Care, & Family Nurse Practitioners located in Congress Park, Denver, CO

Taste, smell, speaking, singing and listening to music are all aspects of our lives that make them rich and joyful to experience. Getting a good night's sleep, swallowing your favorite foods and taking a deep breath of fresh air through clear sinuses truly make life possible. When these functions are impaired, our living is truly diminished. Experiencing ear, nose, and throat problems can be irritating at best and debilitating at worst.

Located in Congress Park of Denver, Colorado, Daily Apple Clinic provides the testing and treatment necessary to manage any medical complications involving your ears, nose, or throat, including infections. Paul Reynolds, FNP, Monica Schonteich, FNP, and the experienced providers here will tailor your individualized treatment plan so you can clear an infection, breathe easier, and fall asleep faster. To book an appointment for an ear, nose, and throat problem, call the Daily Apple Clinic or book online today.

Ear, Nose, & Throat Problems Q & A

What are ear, nose, and throat problems?

Ear, nose, and throat problems are diverse, and you’ll likely experience them from time to time. Symptoms often associated with ear, nose, and throat problems may include:

  • Sinus problems or pain

  • Sore throat

  • Enlarged tonsils

  • Sleep problems

  • Hearing issues

  • Enlarged lymph nodes

  • Earache

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Nose bleeds

  • Snoring

  • Balance issues

  • Fatigue

  • Sensory issues with taste or smell

  • Fever

Daily Apple Clinic will evaluate your symptoms and determine what may be causing your ear, nose, and throat problems. They will discuss options with you and may consider point-of-care testing, including rapid strep or flu prior to creating a treatment plan. Complex cases may require referral to an outside ENT, Sleep specialist or surgeon.

What are some common ear, nose, and throat problems?

Daily Apple Clinic diagnoses and treats many of the most common ear, nose, and throat problems, including:

  • Ear infections: Ear infections can be bacterial or viral and usually start in the middle ear. Due to inflammation and fluid behind your eardrum, you may experience ear pain or a sensation of pressure in the ear. Ear infections often develop due to allergies, the common cold, smoking, and sinus infections. 

  • Sinus infections: Sinus infections are a common ear, nose, and throat problem. They are caused by inflammation in the sinus cavities in your face. You may experience headaches or facial pain and pressure along with nasal congestion and a runny nose as a result of your sinus infection. 

  • Strep throat: Strep throat is a serious and painful bacterial infection and possible cause of a sore throat. Your medical provider may recognize very specific symptoms due to this type of infection and order an antibiotic. 

How are ear, nose, and throat problems treated?

Common ear, nose and throat problems and typical treatments are described below. Always remember to seek treatment for these conditions to achieve better outcomes and so any infection isn't spread or becomes worse.

Common ear conditions

  • Ear infections: watchful waiting, antibiotics may be necessary if the infection is bacterial

  • Wax or discharge: possible sign of infection, wax may need to be removed and antibiotics may be necessary for bacterial infections.

  • Tinnitus: ringing or buzzing in the ear, deconditioning, hearing aids may help

  • Hearing loss: hearing aids

 

Common nose problems

  • Coughs and colds:  fluids and rest, over-the-counter treatments

  • Nose bleeds: apply pressure until the bleeding stops, see your provider if they are more frequent

  • Sinusitis and rhinitis: over-the-counter nasal sprays, steroid nasal sprays and antibiotics for ongoing conditions

Common throat problems

  • Sore throat: over-the-counter pain relief, increase fluid intake, may need antibiotics for bacterial infections.

  • Hoarseness: possible infection, often viral, may be caused by voice strain, start with rest and warm liquids.

  • Tonsillitis: as other throat infections, may require tonsillectomy to prevent frequent infections

  • Bad breath: possible infection, consider antibiotics or dentist if gums and teeth are affected

Ear, nose and throat symptoms can be complex and may require experienced help from a professional. Daily Apple Clinic creates treatment plans on a case-by-case basis and may recommend treatment strategies such as ear drops, nasal decongestant spray, antihistamines, or corticosteroids. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of nasal congestion, earache, or a sore throat, please book an appointment by calling the office or make an appointment online today.