WHAT ARE EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT CONDITIONS?
ENT (ear, nose, and throat) issues are very common, particularly in young children. These conditions can be frustrating and hard for young ones, especially, to deal with. Whether it’s swollen tonsils, an ear infection, or something else, our team at MedNorth Urgent Care is available to treat children and adults in Thompson Falls, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls, MT with a variety of ear, nose, and throat conditions. Common ENT conditions and symptoms we see include:
- Sinus infections
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Chest congestion
Our private exam rooms, timely care, state-of-the-art technology, and on-site labs allow us to diagnose and treat your or your family member’s illness quickly and effectively. For more information or to be treated, visit Drs. Shane Hill and Scott Rundle at our Kalispell, MT office.
HOW ARE EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT CONDITIONS TREATED?
Once you arrive at our Kalispell, MT facility, one of our experienced team members will take you to a private treatment room to review your symptoms and perform an examination. They will likely ask about your medical history, any current medications you’re taking, and more. After looking at your ears, nose, and throat for signs of redness, drainage, and irritation, they may take throat cultures, which will be sent to our on-site lab. Based on the findings of our staff and any labs performed, we can determine your condition and create a treatment plan. Typically, we have no choice but to let most viral infections heal on their own — usually within a week or two. Cough medicine, pain relievers, gargling with salt water, hot tea, and nasal saline rinses may help you find some relief during this period. If we find that you have a bacterial infection, we may prescribe an antibiotic. Either way, it’s very important to get plenty of rest and hydration when you’re not feeling well.
EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT CARE FAQS
What is causing my allergies?
There are many potential causes of allergies, including pets, dust mites, mold, and pollen. If you have trouble identifying the source of your allergies, you may want to consult with a doctor. The experienced team at MedNorth Urgent Care can perform an evaluation and develop an ENT treatment plan that helps you manage your allergies and feel comfortable again.
How can I relieve pain from an ear infection?
Ear infections can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, but there are treatments available at our clinic that can help. In addition to medications, we suggest using a warm compress to help soothe the area. You can also try pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help manage your symptoms. We can make recommendations based on your specific symptoms.
What should I do if I have a fever?
If you have a fever, it’s important to take measures to lower it as soon as possible. Drink plenty of fluids, get rest, and take over-the-counter medications to help bring your fever down. If you have a high fever or are experiencing other troubling symptoms, please seek medical attention in Kalispell, MT, right away. Our ear, nose, and throat care team can provide further care.
RELIEVE YOUR ENT ISSUES
ENT conditions aren’t typically a reason to seek out emergency medical care; however, the discomfort they cause can leave you or your child feeling very ill, unable to sleep, or even in pain. If this is the case, we encourage you to visit MedNorth Urgent Care in Kalispell, MT. Dr. Shane Hill, Dr. Scott Rundle, and our medically trained team are here to help you feel better and get back to your everyday activities. If you or your family member are experiencing an ear, nose, or throat condition, stop by our modern office today.