Ear, nose, and throat conditions (ENT) are very common, especially among young children, and can often be frustrating for anyone affected. Whether you are suffering from swollen tonsils, ear infections, or sinus pressure, our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and assist the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods in finding solutions. At University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX, we provide private exam rooms, and timely, personalized care. With the help of our onsite laboratory and advanced digital x-ray technology, we are able to eliminate suspected causes and discover the root of your ENT discomforts.
Our University Urgent Care medical team is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of ear, nose, and throat conditions. In most situations, ENT conditions are not severe, though the discomfort can cause you to believe otherwise. Our team is prepared to assist you in feeling better, sooner. Some common ENT issues are the result of:
- Seasonal allergies
- Sinus infections
- Strep throat
- Ear infections
- Nasal congestion
- Excessive ear wax
- Tonsil or adenoid infections
- Nasal fractures
- Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
- Salivary gland infections
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Signs that you are suffering from an ENT condition may not always be apparent. Symptoms can range in severity from a mildly stuffy nose to severe headaches and dizziness. If you have a temperature of 101.5° combined with dizziness, bleeding, or loss of consciousness, you should come in to our facility right away. Common, less severe symptoms that may suggest an ENT issue are:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Swollen tonsils
- Red/dry/itchy eyes
About Nasal Congestion & Sinus Infections
Nasal congestion can be both painful and uncomfortable due to the pressure in the sinuses and constant dripping from your nose. The early stages of these symptoms can often be treated at home with over-the-counter sinus medications and plenty of rest.
But there are times when the symptoms don’t clear up, which might be an indication that you need to talk to a doctor about your nasal congestion. Our urgent care offers day, evening, and weekend hours to ensure that you have access to medical professionals at your convenience. Whether you are unable to visit the doctor during daytime hours, or your symptoms worsen after most medical offices are closed, you are always welcome to contact our team for assistance.
When Do You Need to Visit an Urgent Care for Nasal Congestion?
Having a head cold doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to talk to a doctor. With proper care at home, the symptoms will usually clear up within a week to ten days. In fact, some people find it’s not worth visiting the doctor for minor symptoms because antibiotics can’t be used for viral infections.
The real concern can occur when you have an upper respiratory infection that turns into a sinus infection. When nasal congestion occurs due to a head cold or allergies, it can cause the sinuses to swell and become inflamed, which affects the way mucus drains out of the sinus cavities. As a result, the conditions create the right environment where germs can grow in the sinuses.
The stagnation of mucus can lead to the development of a bacterial infection, which will increase the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Your immune system might not be able to fight off the bacteria, resulting in the development of a sinus infection that requires medical treatment.
Pay attention to your symptoms, so you know when it is time to talk to a doctor about your illness. You should visit a local doctor if you experience one or more of the following issues:
- Severe facial pain, especially in the sinus areas (on the sides of the nose and over the eyebrows)
- Symptoms remain for 10 or more days
- Persistent fever for 4+ days
- You feel like you are getting better, then the symptoms worsen again
- A severe headache with the nasal congestion
- Other symptoms that seem concerning or unusual
Medical Services for Nasal Congestion & Sinus Pain
You shouldn’t hesitate to schedule an exam if your symptoms are persistent or even getting worse with time. We will evaluate your symptoms and provide testing, if necessary, to determine if your nasal congestion has turned into a sinus infection. Our team has experience helping with upper respiratory infections, and we are happy to assist in finding the right treatment so you can find relief.
About Strep Throat
Having a sore throat can be uncomfortable. The pain and burning often associated with a sore throat makes it difficult to eat, drink, talk, and swallow. A sore throat can be caused by a cold, the flu, strep throat, or tonsillitis. While some cases of sore throat are easily treated at home, others require a trip to the doctor’s office. Our urgent care facility offers day, evening, and weekend hours for convenient access to medical professionals when you need it most. Whether you have worsening symptoms when your primary care doctor’s office is closed, or you are just visiting the area, our team is here to assist with all your medical concerns. Contact us or stop by the office to discuss your symptoms and have your sore throat evaluated.
Common Signs and Symptoms of a Sore Throat
The most common causes of sore throats are viral or bacterial infections. A common sore throat can be quite painful but is not usually as painful as strep throat. Caused by a viral infection, symptoms of a common sore throat include:
- Pain or scratchy sensations in the throat
- Worsening pain when you swallow or talk
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen glands in the neck or jaw
- Swollen, painful, irritated tonsils
- A hoarse or muffled voice
Viruses that cause most sore throats include:
- The common cold
- Influenza (flu)
- Mono (mononucleosis)
When a sore throat is caused by a viral infection, it may also be accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Body aches
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain
Everything You Need to Know About Strep Throat
In many cases, a sore throat is called by a bacterial infection that infects the throat and tonsils. Strep throat is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria, an extremely contagious bacteria that is spread through airborne droplets when a sick person sneezes or coughs. While most cases are not severe, strep throat can lead to complications when left untreated.
The most common symptoms of strep throat include:
- Severe pain in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of appetite
- Painful, swollen tonsils
- White patches or streaks of pus in the back of the throat or on the tonsils
- Small red spots on the roof of your mouth
- Swollen lymph nodes
If you have the signs and symptoms of strep throat, your doctor will swab the back of your throat and tonsils to test for the bacteria. They will use the throat culture to perform a rapid antigen test that can detect strep bacteria within a few minutes. If you test positive for strep, your doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic to clear the infection. Strep throat is easy to treat, but can lead to the following complications when left untreated:
- Sinus infection
- An infection that travels to the ear, skin, or blood
- Mastoiditis- an infection of the part of the skull behind the jaw
- Rheumatic fever
- Peritonsillar abscess- a pus-filled pocket near the tonsils
- Scarlet fever
- Guttate psoriasis
- Poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis- an inflammation of the kidneys
Other Causes of Sore Throat
In some cases, your sore throat may come from causes other than viral and bacterial infections. These include:
- Allergies- Pet dander, mold, dust, and pollen can irritate and inflame the throat.
- Dryness- Dry air can make your throat feel scratchy, and frequently breathing through your mouth can lead to a dry, sore throat.
- Irritants- Pollutants in the air, such as smoke, chemicals, and other toxins, can cause a sore throat. Additionally, consuming certain foods and drinks can lead to a sore throat.
- Muscle strain- Yelling, talking for long periods, or talking loudly can also cause sore throat.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease- Commonly referred to as GERD, this digestive system disorder sends stomach acid back into the esophagus, sometimes causing a sore throat.
- HIV infection- A more severe cause of sore throat is the HIV infection, often accompanied by flu-like symptoms.
- Tumors- Tumors of the throat, tongue, and voice box can also cause a sore throat.
When to Visit University Urgent Care
If you have a painful sore throat with persistent symptoms, it may be time to visit University Urgent Care for treatment. Our team will perform a physical exam to diagnose the cause and give you a treatment plan that helps alleviate symptoms and get you feeling better fast. If any of the following symptoms accompany your sore throat, your case may be severe. It’s essential to come into University Urgent Care as soon as possible if you have any of the following problems:
- A severe sore throat that is intolerable
- A sore throat that lasts longer than a week
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Joint pain
- Fever higher than 101°F
- Blood in your saliva or phlegm
- A lump in your neck
- Hoarseness lasting more than two weeks
- Swelling in the face or neck
For more information, visit our clinic to be seen by a qualified, compassionate member of our team.
What to Expect
Upon arrival to University Urgent Care, our experienced medical team will begin to assess your symptoms and condition. We will have an in-depth discussion about your medical history and current medications, and begin an evaluation to determine how best to begin your treatment. We will examine the ears, nose, and throat for irritation, redness, and drainage. In some situations, we will take throat cultures to be sent to our onsite laboratory. In most circumstances, we will receive culture results in 15 minutes or less, allowing us to quickly diagnose your condition. After determining the cause of your symptoms, we will discuss the best method for treatment.
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We Have ENT Covered
Though ENT conditions are not often emergency situations, the symptoms and discomfort can often feel like a big deal. If you find yourself in pain or unable to sleep due to your ENT condition, we encourage you to stop by University Urgent Care center today. Our skilled, board-certified medical staff and advanced laboratory technology allow us to provide superior care in a timely manner, helping you to feel better, faster. Serving the greater DFW area with compassionate and personalized medical care, we are confident that we can address your symptoms and help you on your way toward recovery.
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