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By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
October 01, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sore throat   Hoarseness  

Has your voice suddenly become hoarse? Although nearly everyone experiences hoarseness from time to time, the symptoms improve onSmoking Woman their own in a few weeks in most cases. If your hoarseness continues longer than two or three weeks, it's a good idea to pay a visit to Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ear, nose, and throat doctor in Pittsfield, MA. Dr. Cavalli can help you determine the cause of your hoarseness and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Why am I hoarse?

Diagnosing your condition starts with a head and neck examination and a discussion of your symptoms and your medical history. Your Pittsfield ENT may also examine your vocal cords using a thin, flexible scope that contains a light and a miniature camera. The scope is passed through your nose and into the upper part of your throat.

Common causes of hoarseness include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or laryngopharyngeal reflux disorder (LRP)
  • Laryngitis
  • Normal effects of aging
  • Singing or yelling for extended periods
  • Smoking
  • Colds and upper respiratory infections
  • Seasonal or food allergies
  • Benign polyps, nodules or cysts on your larynx (voice box)
  • Trauma to your throat and larynx
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid disease

Although hoarseness can be caused by cancer, changes in your voice are more often caused by other health problems.

What treatments are available for hoarseness?

Treatment for hoarseness depends on the cause of your symptoms. If you have GERD or LRP, you may benefit from taking medications that decrease stomach acid production. Treating allergies, quitting smoking, and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke can be helpful, as can drinking more water and increasing the humidity in your home. Hoarseness caused by an underlying illness or condition may be improved by treating that condition.

A few sessions with a speech pathologist may be recommended if hoarseness occurs due to overuse of your larynx. The speech pathologist can help you change the way you produce sounds to prevent straining your vocal cords. Surgery may be needed if hoarseness is caused by a cyst, polyp or tumor.

Are you concerned about hoarseness? Call Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ENT doctor in Pittsfield, MA, at (413) 443-6116 to schedule an appointment.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
July 11, 2018
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Hearing aidAre you having difficulty hearing? Are you experiencing hearing loss?

The reasons behind hearing loss vary and affect people of all ages. Your Pittsfield, MA, doctors can evaluate the type of hearing loss you're suffering from: sudden or gradual, in one ear or both, and if it's temporary or permanent. They'll also provide you with proper hearing aids.

How doctors evaluate a person's hearing?

  • Hearing Aid Evaluations: A time for questions and discussion of expectations.
  • Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations: Such as tinnitus evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Checks: These are usually scheduled every six months.
  • Hearing Aid Fittings: A time to orient to new hearing aid(s).

Pittsfield Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal is to create an overall better quality of life, especially when you're placed in a noisy place.

The hearing aids accomplish this amplification by making speech more intelligible, preserving nerve networks in the brain, and making communication less tiring.

There are a variety of hearing aids. Some more discreet than others, but you can choose whichever one is suitable for your lifestyle.

Here are a few:

  • Receiver-in-canal: a hearing aid speaker that sits inside the ear canal with an electric wire that reduces audio distortion.
  • Middle ear implant: a system implanted behind the eardrum There are multiple hearing aids.
  • In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal to reduce visibility.
  • Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid that sits behind the ear.
  • In-the-ear: a hearing aid held that covers the outer portion of the ear.
  • Extended wear: a hearing aid placed worn for months inside the ear canal without being removed.

It's difficult to deal with hearing loss, but you don't have to be alone. The doctors at Pittsfield, MA, can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life. To learn more about the different hearing aids, call (413) 443-6116.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
April 24, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Mouth Sores  

Mouth sores are a painful ordeal. They make eating and drinking difficult and may be something more severe if you don't look into them.mouth sores Dr. Giulio Cavalli can help assess your mouth sores. Your Pittsfield, MA, ENT can tell you about the different types of sores and how to treat them.

White Patches

When people chew their cheeks, or wear dentures or braces, the skin is irritated. The white patches developed inside your mouth is only healed when you stop the habit, or remove the oral application causing irritation.

Cold Sores

The contagious and painful fluid-filled blisters appear on the lips or around your mouth, and is caused by the herpes simplex virus. If you're suffering from a fever, sunburn, or hormonal change, the sore may manifest itself. There's no cure but prescription ointments help alleviate pain.

Candidiasis

The painful red and beige-colored patch results from a fungal infection. Candidiasis makes it difficult to taste and swallow, and usually affects people suffering from immune system problems.

Canker Sores

These painful sores appear in the mouth and aren't contagious. The small sore has a red border and pain is reduced with the use of prescription medication and/ topical treatments. Canker sores take one to two weeks to be treated.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer appears as painless canker sores on the tongue, or floor of the mouth, and any tissue near the mouth. The most common precancerous cells are leukoplakias, which manifests as white lesions near the tongue, cheeks or gums, and erythroplakia, which are red elevated lesions that have a great chance of becoming malignant.

To diagnose either of them, leukoplakias and erythroplakia, you need to undergo a biopsy with your Pittsfield ENT.

If you are worried about oral cancer or have a painful mouth sore that won't go away, you can schedule an appointment with your ENT, Dr. Giulio Cavalli. Your Pittsfield, MA, doctor can be reached at (413) 443-6116‎.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
December 28, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: hearing loss  

Are you having difficulty hearing? Are you experiencing hearing loss?hearing loss

Hearing loss is an ordeal many people have to live with, but you don't have to live through it alone. Your Ear Nose and Throat Specialist, Dr. Giulio Cavalli, in Pittsfield, MA, can help.

The reasons behind hearing loss vary in their causes and manifestations, and happens to people of all ages. About 17 percent (26 million) of American adults report suffering from some degree of hearing loss. it is important to understand how hearing works before discussing causes and treatments for hearing loss though.

Hearing loss may be:

  • Sudden or gradual
  • Occur in one or both ears
  • Temporary or permanent

Treatments and Evaluations:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations, such as tinnitus evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Evaluations: A time for questions and discussion of expectations.
  • Hearing Aid Fittings: A time to orient to new hearing aid(s).
  • Hearing Aid Checks: These are usually scheduled every six months.

There are multiple hearing aids. Here are a few:

  • Rechargeable hearing aids
  • Android and i-phone compatible hearing aids
  • Automatic programming for ease of use
  • Discreet hearing aids in both custom and BTE styles
  • Ability to remotely program hearing aids
  • Aids suitable for patients with an active, casual or quiet lifestyle

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal of amplifying sounds at specific frequencies where there's hearing loss can improve the overall quality of life, such as the listening environment, especially when you're placed in a noisy place.

The hearing aids accomplish this amplification by:

  • Making speech more intelligible
  • Making communication less tiring
  • Preserving nerve networks in the brain

Hearing loss is difficult to deal with already, but you don't have to be alone. The doctor at Pittsfield, MA, Dr. Giulio Cavalli, can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life. To learn and more, call (413) 443-6116 in Pittsfield, MA‎.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
September 26, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Sinus Infection   sinusitis  

Find out if it’s just the common cold or a sinus infection.sinus infection

Sinus infections are fairly common but yet they share a lot of similar symptoms to the common cold that they can often be overlooked. Of course, it’s important to be able to tell the difference so that you know how to effectively treat your symptoms and know what over-the-counter medications to take. Our Pittsfield, MA, otolaryngologist, Dr. Giulio Cavalli, weighs in on the telltale signs of a sinus infection and when you should see a doctor.

What is sinusitis (sinus infection)?

This condition is characterized by red, inflamed nasal passages that can often become blocked if the condition is severe enough. A sinus infection is often viral in nature, but can also be the result of bacteria or fungus.

What are the symptoms?

Sometimes it’s challenging to pinpoint whether the symptoms you are dealing with are truly due to a sinus infection. Our Pittsfield ENT doctor is here to help you tell the difference between sinusitis and other respiratory problems. You may have a sinus infection if you have:

  • Sinus headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Facial pain or pressure (you may feel pressure behind the eyes)
  • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
  • Sore throat

When should you visit a doctor?

While not all sinus infections will warrant a trip to the doctor, it’s a good idea to give us a call if you notice a fever along with these other symptoms, or if your symptoms last more than 10 days. You should also schedule an appointment with us if your symptoms keep returning.

While a fever is not a common symptom of a sinus infection it could indicate that another respiratory infection is present, which should be treated as soon as possible.

Can a sinus infection become chronic?

Yes, it is possible to deal with chronic sinusitis. While this isn’t as common, those with a true chronic infection will experience symptoms that last more than 12 weeks and don’t go away with at-home care. If this occurs, you may need to talk to us about balloon sinuplasty or other more aggressive measures for treating your sinus infection.

Don’t let a severe or chronic sinus infection affect your life. Turn to our ENT specialist, Dr. Cavalli, in Pittsfield, MA, for the individualized care and treatment plan you need to breathe a little easier.





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