Your Experienced Bellevue ENT Doctors
We depend on our ears, nose and throat for smelling hearing, breathing and tasting. Rarely do we think of the interconnection of our ears, nose and throat, until we are not able to use them effectively. So, when this trio which makes up our sensory experience is disrupted or not working optimally, we can suffer from a diminished quality of life.
Thankfully, the ENT doctor team at Bellevue’s NW Face Medical has the experience, devotion and skill set to treat a variety of ENT disorders. As award-winning and board-certified ENT doctors, you can count on comprehensive care from Drs. Ludwig A. Allegra and Sunil Ummat, to treat your ENT illnesses and ailments.
About the Ears, Nose & Throat
The ears, nose, and throat are located in close proximity, but all have separate and vital, but related functions. Your ears and nose are sensory organs necessary for hearing, smelling and balance. Your throat is the vessel in which fluids and food travel to reach the digestive system. With these trio of organs closely related and located, chances are that when there is a problem with one, there is a problem with another. For example, you may suffer from a sore throat, as well as ear pain. Perhaps you are having nose congestion and an inability to swallow without pain.
There may also be pressure and discomfort of the head and neck; your ENT specialist can treat ailments located in those areas as well.
Bellevue’s NW Face Medical is comprised of a skilled and proficient ENT team that will not only help you improve the pain, pressure and discomfort of the ears, nose and throat, but also pinpoint the source of the problem. Some of the most common issues of the ears, nose and throat include but aren’t limited to:
Ears: Tinnitus or ringing of the ears, severe wax build up, inexplicable ear discharge, diminished or complete hearing loss imbalance, dizziness, vertigo, ear infections and bacterial growths, ear infections, ear swelling and tenderness and damaged ear drums.
Nose: constant runny nose, thick, discolored or textured discharge or mucus, swollen and tender nostrils, impacted breathing and smelling, blocked nasal cavities and passages, nose bleeding and growths/tumors in the nasal cavity.
Throat: Pain during swallowing, inability to speak or sing (Laryngitis), swollen tonsils (tonsillitis), sore throat and strep throat.
Ear infections, sinusitis, inability to taste and smell and sleep apnea, are just some of the many issues the population faces on an acute as well as chronic basis. With the help of your Bellevue, Washington ENT specialist, your issues can be expertly diagnosed and treated with ground-breaking technologies, procedures and support.
Your ENT medical specialists at NW Face Medical are renowned and respected physicians in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders. Furthermore, they can also help with other conditions such as:
- Sinus infections
- Chronic and acute sinusitis
- Restricted airway passages
- Restricted breathing
- Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus), ear pain and pressure
- Lumps nodules or masses found on the throat, neck or other areas, affecting the ear, nose and throat.
- Seasonal allergies
- Disorders of the voice (voice box)
- Nose bleeding
- Nasal polyps
- Sleep apnea
- Deviated septum and more.
Sorts of ENT Disorders and Diseases
While an array of conditions can develop within the head and neck, some ENT ailments are more prevalent than others. Your Bellevue ENT specialists generally see patients with relatively basic ENT problems that range from ear infections to sinusitis. Whether the causes are due to water impacting the ears, seasonal allergies or a cold that refuses to leave, there is an effective treatment that awaits you. More serious disorders such as a deviated septum that impact’s a patient’s breathing, may require surgery.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding you ENT disorders, Drs. Allegra and Ummat will dedicate their time and energies to working toward complete and uncompromised relief for you!
Answers to Bellevue ENT Questions
Is there any difference between an ENT doctor and an otolaryngologist?
An otolaryngologist is the same as an ENT doctor. While the word “otolaryngologist” is difficult to pronounce, these specialized doctors with extensive skill in treating disorders of the ears, nose and throat, are commonly referred to as ENT doctors.
How can an ENT doctor fix my breathing problems?
Breathing is essential for daily living; so, any restriction with this vital activity can affect your life. Whether you suffer from shortness of breath or some other substantial airway disorder, there may be an underlying medical condition causing such. Some of the most common include: asthma, bronchitis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, lung cancer, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis and pleural effusion. Some of the most common symptoms of a breathing disorder include: “noisy” breathing or wheezing, tightness in the throat area, uncontrollable coughing and strenuous breathing.
Other conditions can restrict breathing such as a deviated septum, common cold, allergies, environmental factors and sinusitis.
At Bellevue’s NW Face Medical, we will properly diagnose your breathing disorders during your comprehensive examination. We will also conduct specific tests to determine how fast and successfully you can blow air out of the lungs. There may be X-rays and CT scans performed to get a visual of your breathing ailments. Regardless of the breathing limitations you are having, your NW Face Medical ENT doctor team will provide the proper evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan, tailored to your needs.
What is an endoscopy and how does an ENT doctor use it?
An endoscopy is the introduction of an instrument to view the inside of a patient. There are various kinds of endoscopies, but the most common one ENT doctors use is a nasal endoscopy.
A nasal endoscopy procedure consists of your doctor inserting a tube inside of your nose, to view it as well as your sinuses. Your nasal endoscopy is a painless procedure that requires no downtime afterward. It allows images to be recorded, ensuring the best course of action and treatment, for your ENT disorder. Your nasal endoscopy will also allow the doctor to view your turbinates and nasal septum for any irregularities. Consider your nasal endoscopy a vital procedure that can be key in unlocking the source of your nasal ailments.
What are some of the most common sinus problems and how can my ENT doctor help?
The sinuses are a system of interconnected cavities that have main function of producing mucus for the inside of the nose. The mucus is a moisturizing protectant from pollutants, bacteria, dirt, dust and harmful micro-organisms. When your sinuses become imbalanced and cause discomfort, sickness or other problems, your Bellevue ENT doctors will provide you with the relief you need and want.
At NW Face Medical, we can treat some of the most common sinus problems that include:
- – Allergic sinusitis (both acute and chronic)
- – Fungal sinusitis
- – Nonallergic sinusitis
- – Nasal growth, polyps
- – Nasal and sinus tumors
- – Nose bleeds
- – Deviated septum
- – Sinus headaches
- – Sinus issues related to Graves’ Disease
- – Issues with tasting and smelling
- – Turbinate bones
- – Bacterial infections and more.
Beginning with a consultation, followed by a complete examination, your Bellevue otolaryngologists will provide the relief and a detailed yet valuable treatment plan that will free you from the sinus issues that plague daily life.
How can my Bellevue ENT doctor help with my snoring and sleep apnea?
If you suffer from sleep apnea or chronic snoring, your Bellevue ENT doctors can provide you with relief you need for a sound nightly sleep. Drs. Ummat and Allegra have helped many patients with non-surgical as well as surgical treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring; they eagerly await the opportunity to assist you! Our complete and layered treatments include: pulmonology services, oral-maxillofacial therapies, support, education, and lifestyle assistance.
Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures. These vibrations culminate into a loud and disruptive sound, due to blocked air movement during breathing, while a person is asleep.
Sleep apnea is a very common condition that affects a vast number of individuals. It can be defined as the momentary stoppage of breathing during sleep. Usually individuals with sleep apnea awaken feeling listless, tired and even irritable. Physical indications of sleep apnea may include dry mouth, headache and even a sore throat.
After your thorough diagnoses of sleep apnea and snoring, you will have access to some of the most innovative and state-of-the-art medical therapies, tools and devices to help you have a more rejuvenating and restful sleep. At NW Face Medical, Drs. Ummat and Allegra treat each snoring and sleep apnea patient with the respect and understanding needed and deserved. Therefore, you can be confident receiving care that will be tailored to your specific needs. Some of the most common treatments for snoring include:
- CPAP– CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP device can help with both sleep apnea as well as snoring. The machine allows for the unrestricted air flow of room air into the patient’s throat; this in turn helps prevent it from collapse.
- Surgery– As a last resort, surgical procedures may help to alleviate your sleep apnea or chronic snoring. Usually, surgeries for treating snoring and sleep apnea take place at the back of the patient’s throat, the roof of the patient’s mouth or the nose.
Why Choose Bellevue’s NW Face Medical for Your ENT Problems?
When it comes to alleviating your ENT symptoms, you have options. At NW Face Medical, you have a team of doctors, who will work tirelessly to help remedy your ENT illnesses and discomfort.
Furthermore, we use the most state-of-the-art tools to diagnose and treat conditions of the ears, nose and throat including:
- – Digital X-rays
- – In-office CT Scanner
- – Endoscopies
- – Intra-operative stealth navigation and more.
Contact Us Today
Bellevue’s NW Face Medical is an inclusive ENT treatment medical facility, using the latest medical treatments, to help you live your best life. You will be treated with care, compassion and respect, when coming to seek help from us. Our mission is to make you happy, healthy and ensure a better quality of life, free from the bondage of ENT illnesses.
So, for the ENT relief you need and deserve, connect with us online or contact us today to set up your consultation. Dial 425-522-0555. We look forward to serving you soon!