Jeff D. Kopelman, MD, FACS
Otolaryngologist located in Rockville Centre, NY
Dr. Jeff Kopelman serves residents who live in and around the Rockville Centre, New York community. The doctor and his staff offer effective treatment options for ENT infections. This includes both ear and sinus infections.
ENT Infections Q & A
What are Common Causes of ENT Infections?
Common causes of ENT infections include both bacterial and viral infections. Allergies can cause infections in the ears, sinuses, and throat. Repeated blowing or wiping of the nose can lead to an infection being drawn into the body. The common cold and influenza viruses are also causes of ENT infections. Everyone is exposed to viruses and bacteria anytime they go out in public. Children are constantly exposed to germs at school and when they play with friends. Visiting a healthcare facility or hospital can lead to exposure to both staph and strep viruses. The best way to avoid catching a cold, the flu or any other virus is to carefully wash the hands before eating or touching the face.
How are ENT Infections Treated?
ENT infections are treated according to what causes them. If a bacterial infection is present, the recommended course of action is a round of antibiotics. If the infection is caused by a virus, antibiotics won't help at all. When a virus is present, the doctor will treat the symptoms, encourage an increase in fluids, and advise the patient to get as much rest as possible. Fevers and body aches can be treated with over the counter medications. If the infection goes into the chest, the doctor may recommend using a humidifier to keep the tissues of the sinuses, throat, and lungs moist. Warm, moist air will help ease a sore throat and keep the tissues from drying out.
Can Chronic Ear and Sinus Infections Cause Hearing Loss?
Chronic ear and sinus infections can result in mild to moderate hearing loss if steps aren't taken to reduce the occurrence of infection. Repeated infections in both the ears and the sinus cavities can cause significant amounts of scar tissue to build along the Eustachian tubes as well as along the inner ear canal. Increased congestion in the sinuses can lead to inflammation that prevents drainage. When the sinuses can no longer drain sufficiently, the result is a buildup of scar tissue in various areas. The more scar tissue that is present near the ear canal, the more likely it is that some degree of hearing loss will eventually occur.
Major Insurance Plans Accepted
Dr. Kopelman's office accepts most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans they accept. Please contact the office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
Words from our patients
"I was very anxious, he was VERY patient, and kind to me...I will continue to use him as my Dr. and will recommend him highly to friends and family!!! Thank you Dr. K.!"
"His stellar knowledge and experience in his field was shown through from my visit."
"After seeing many other doctors without getting a good diagnosis or treatment, Dr Kopelman listened carefully to me, performed a very thorough exam."