Nasal congestion is another term used for a stuffy nose. It results from a combination of anatomic factors and nasal inflammation due to environmental allergies or irritants. It can also lead to sinusitis, which is inflammation of the sinus cavities, and can cause chronic symptoms such as facial pressure/pain, poor sense of smell, runny nose and post nasal drip. At Indigo ENT, we have specialists who can accurately diagnose and manage this common problem and improve your quality of life.
Snoring is one the most common complaints from bed partners. It is commonly associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) but is not mutually exclusive. It is important to have a comprehensive assessment, provided by Indigo ENT, to ascertain the severity. Whatever the diagnosis, we are here to help you find a solution.
Epistaxis, also known as nose bleeds, is a common complaint. It may cause significant concern, especially among parents of young child children but is rarely life threatening. Most bleeds are benign, self-limiting and spontaneous. Ask your family physician for a referral if your bleeds are recurrent and we can help manage this condition.
Ear infections can affect the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Depending on which part of the ear is affected, the symptoms vary but can include pain, foul smelling discharge, bleeding, hearing loss and dizziness. Treatment also depends on which part of the ear is affected and can include antibiotic drops, debridement of the ear, placement of a tube in the ear, oral antibiotics and/or steroids. Our physician experts are well-equipped to diagnose and treat these common conditions, helping you get back to normal life as quickly as possible.
Ear symptoms represent the most common reason people seek out their family physicians. Common ear complaints include ear fullness or blockage, drainage, pain, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and dizziness. We know that these symptoms can have a significant effect on quality of life, can be quite disabling and may affect one’s ability to function both socially and professionally. We have comprehensive audiologic testing and experts ready to discuss your symptoms and offer the best treatment possible.
Tumors of the head and neck can be benign or malignant. Depending on the location, size, appearance and progression as well as associated symptoms, these lesions can be quickly identified. Ask your physician for a referral to see our Indigo ENT physicians for a timely consultation.
Recently Indigo ENT have partnered with Mia and Sarah at SpeechEase. Mia and Sarah are fully registered Speech Language Pathologists who are committed to providing the very best evidence based practice. They are able to provide a free 15-minute telephone consultation to discuss your/your loved ones needs and suggest appropriate next steps.
Private consultation which includes a comprehensive history, physical with video endoscopy and audiometry (if required) is a flat rate of $500. We provide service to customers within BC, nationally or internationally. If any other therapies/procedures are required, please ask your specialist for rates and services provided…
Chronic cough can have multiple causes, many of which are more bothersome than worrisome. Some lung conditions, asthma in particular, can cause chronic cough and would be best evaluated by your family physician. There are, however, a number of causes of chronic cough and throat irritation that Indigo ENT physician can help you with. Acid reflux can occasionally reach the throat and cause it to be irritated as can secretions dripping down your throat from the back of your nose. The chronic cough caused by these common issues can be associated with intermittent voice hoarseness, throat clearing and feeling like there is something stuck in your throat (globus). Our physicians will be happy to examine you and offer the best treatment for your symptoms depending on their cause.
Many of us experience problems with our voices and this can affect our occupation and daily lives as it is our main source of communication. Common causes include typical colds, allergies, acid reflux, chronic voice use or overuse, and exposure to chemical irritants. Muscle tension can be a compensatory response to these factors, further causing increasing vocal dysfunction.
Tonsillitis, or infection of the tonsils, can be caused by viruses or bacteria and can affect people of all ages. Sometimes infections of the tonsils can be particularly severe or recurrent, requiring treatment that goes above and beyond the need for antibiotics. Even in the absence of recurrent infections, some patients are bothered by a chronic irritation of their tonsils which may be associated with halitosis (bad breath) caused by the accumulation of tonsilloliths (foul-smelling debris, or stones) within them. Our medical experts would be happy to discuss the various management options for these common conditions with you.
All of our physicians are available for consultation for a wide variety of pediatric consultations. The most common consultations we see are for recurrent ear infections, snoring, enlarged tonsils and adenoids and recurrent tonsillitis. However there are more unusual consultations such as voice disorders, noisy breathing as well as head and neck masses. We would be happy to assess your child and address any concerns you may have.
We have three major salivary glands which are the submandibular, sublingual and parotid glands. These can occasionally become infected, blocked or swell which can be painful and occasionally cause dry mouth. Causes are numerous but most commonly include bacterial/viral infection, stone or sludge blockage of the salivary ducts. Rare disorders such as Sjogren’s syndrome can cause dry mouth, dry eyes and gland swelling. This can be diagnosed with a careful history, bloodwork and a minor salivary gland biopsy. Consult with your physician if you are having these symptoms and we would be happy to assess.
As trained Head & Neck Surgeons, we have intimate knowledge of the facial musculature and anatomy. This provides us with a unique knowledgeable background to perform many of the cosmetic procedures. Currently we focus on Botox treatments for frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, rejuvenating the lower jaw line, masseter hypertrophy, platysmal (neck) bands and hyperhidrosis. Laser treatments for scar revision, benign lesions, snoring and facial rejuvenation will also be offered in the near future.