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Otolaryngology Doctor in Palestine, TX

ENT Services

An otolaryngologist, more commonly known as an ENT doctor, is a specialized physician trained to diagnose, manage, and treat a wide spectrum of conditions related to the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. These medical professionals address ailments ranging from common infections like sinusitis and tonsillitis to more complex disorders such as hearing impairment, sleep apnea, and even skin cancer.

In pediatric ENT care, children's growing anatomy and unique medical needs require delicate and expert management of conditions like recurrent ear infections, which can affect hearing and speech development, chronic sore throats, and issues with tonsils and adenoids, often leading to surgical intervention.

Dr. Eric Hensen at Lonestar ENT, Allergy, Audiology & Aesthetics is your expert local provider of comprehensive ENT services, treating both children and adults. Our dedication to individualized patient-centered care ensures that every visit is tailored to address specific health concerns effectively. Your child's needs are met with sensitivity and expertise, placing your little one's comfort as our utmost priority.

Schedule your appointment with Lonestar ENT today and experience our exceptional care for yourself.


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Common ENT Diseases & Treatment

As part of our comprehensive ENT services, Lonestar specializes in diagnosing and treating various conditions affecting adults and children. Some of the most common pediatric ENT problems we treat include:

  • Otitis Media (Ear Infections): This infection of the middle ear is common in children, causing symptoms like ear pain, fever, and trouble hearing. Treatment often includes oral antibiotics, ear drops, and pain management. In recurrent cases, procedures like ear tube insertion may be recommended.
  • Tonsillitis: Inflammation of the tonsils, often caused by viral or bacterial infections, resulting in symptoms like sore throat, fever, and difficulty swallowing. This condition is typically managed with antibiotics for bacterial infections, but chronic or severe cases might necessitate a tonsillectomy.
  • Adenoid Issues: Enlarged adenoids, or the tiny glands at the back of the nasal cavity, can cause difficulty breathing, snoring, and recurrent ear infections. Treatment often involves removing the adenoids surgically.
  • Hearing Loss: Dr. Hensen is an expert in diagnosing and managing various hearing impairments in children, including sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. These issues are typically addressed with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and sometimes surgical correction, depending on the underlying cause.
  • Sinusitis: This condition is characterized by inflammation of the sinuses, resulting in symptoms like facial pain, pressure, and congestion. Treatment may include antibiotics, nasal decongestants, and corticosteroids for more severe cases.
  • Balance Disorders: Affecting both adults and children, balance disorders can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. These conditions may arise from inner ear issues or head injuries, and while treatment varies based on the underlying cause, medication is often prescribed.

For adults, our ENT services include the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions such as:

  • Thyroid Problems: The thyroid gland is responsible for hormone production, and disorders can lead to weight gain or loss, fatigue, and difficulty swallowing. Dr. Hensen offers expert evaluation and management of thyroid problems.
  • Sleep Apnea: This sleep disorder is caused by airway obstruction and can result in symptoms like loud snoring, daytime fatigue, and headaches. Treatment may include lifestyle modifications, oral appliances, or surgery.
  • Sinus Issues: Chronic or recurrent sinusitis, nasal polyps, and deviated septum are common conditions treated by our ENT team. Treatment options include medications, balloon sinuplasty, and surgery for more severe cases.
  • Head & Neck Tumors: Including benign and malignant tumors, these conditions require careful diagnosis and treatment. Our approach may involve surgery, depending on your specific needs.
  • Skin Cancers: Early detection and treatment of skin cancer that affects the head and neck region is vital. At Lonestar ENT, treatment often involves surgical removal of the cancerous tissue.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between an ENT and a regular doctor?

An otolaryngologist specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the ear, nose, throat, and other head and neck structures. They have specialized training and expertise in this area, compared to a regular doctor who may not have as much knowledge or experience in ENT care.

By seeing an ENT specialist, you can ensure that your condition is accurately diagnosed and treated with the most effective methods available

When should I see an ear, nose, and throat specialist?

If you or your child are experiencing recurrent or chronic issues with the ears, nose, throat, or related structures, it's best to schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist for proper evaluation and treatment. This includes symptoms like persistent earache, sinus pain, loss of smell, difficulty swallowing, or hoarseness.

Do I need a referral to see an ENT doctor?

Whether you need a referral often depends on your insurance plan. Some plans require a referral from a primary care provider before seeing a specialist. It's best to check with your insurance company to be sure.

How can I schedule my child with a pediatric ear doctor near me?

Making an appointment with Lonestar ENT, Allergy, Audiology & Aesthetics for your child is hassle-free and accommodating. We understand that your time is valuable, and health concerns are often urgent, which is why we offer convenient online appointment requests and same-day appointments.

Whether your child needs a routine check-up or has an immediate ENT issue, you can rely on us for timely and personalized care. Don't wait to address your child's ear, nose, and throat needs—schedule an appointment with us today to receive comprehensive care.

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