If you’re heading back to college for the first time you have a busy semester ahead of you, so it is important that you make a visit to your Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor before setting off. Here are three things you should do before going back to college.
Allergy Testing and Treatment
If you have had a history of allergies or feel like you may be experiencing some sensitivities, seeing your ENT before leaving for school is a great idea to make sure you have a comfortable semester. An allergy test can screen for sensitivities to many environmental elements. Once identified, these allergies can be easily treated with medication, nasal sprays, and antihistamines. With allergies under control, you can comfortably go about your studies without issues.
If you're heading to college and planning on having a roommate, you don’t want to disturb your sleep as well as your roommate’s sleep with loud snoring. In addition to being a nuisance to your roommate, snoring can cause you to feel fatigued, cause headaches, have trouble concentrating, and cause waking up throughout the night. Also, years of snoring can cause issues down the road due to the patterns of irregular breathing. Depending on the severity of your snoring condition, your ENT may decide to try a few methods of snoring treatment.
If you are experiencing trouble with hearing or muffled hearing, it is vital that you seek treatment as soon as possible before it begins to interfere with your life and studies. Hearing loss can be traced back to issues in a few areas of the ear such as the inner, middle, or outer ear. Depending on the cause, your ENT may recommend a variety of treatments. Hearing issues can be serious and urgent to treat in order to make sure they do not interfere with your everyday life.
If you’re heading back to college and need to make a visit to your ENT, contact Tuscaloosa ENT center today. We look forward to helping you get prepared for a successful semester!