Nose Specialist

Silver Spring ENT & Laser Center

Ernest M. Myers, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Otolaryngologist located in Silver Spring, MD

If you’re ready for relief from your chronic sinusitis, frequent nosebleeds, or other nasal issues, make an appointment with Ernest M. Myers, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Silver Spring ENT & Laser Center. This talented ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist and highly respected surgeon provides superb medical care to the communities of Silver Spring and Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Call or schedule an appointment online.

Nose Q & A

Why should I see an ENT for my nasal problems?

ENT physicians devote more than 12 years in training that focuses on disorders affecting the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. In addition to this rigorous training, Ernest M. Myers, M.D., F.A.C.S. has more than 35 years’ experience as a well-respected physician, head and neck surgeon, and college professor in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia regions.

Dr. Myers is an expert in diagnosing the underlying issues responsible for chronic sinusitis and other nasal disorders. He works to relieve your symptoms as well as, the underlying condition such as nasal polyps or a deviated nasal septum.

For what conditions would I see an ENT?

Ernest M. Myers, M.D., F.A.C.S. effectively treats a wide variety of nasal issues, including:

  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Chronic sinusitis  
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Nasal polyps that originate from the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses
  • Smell disorders such as anosmia (inability to smell)
  • Chronic nasal congestion/obstruction
  • Persistent nasal drainage   
  • Nasal fractures

What is a deviated nasal septum?

The nasal septum is the bone and cartilage structure that divides the nasal cavity in half. A deviated nasal septum occurs when this structure is significantly deformed or displaced. Surgery (septoplasty) typically relieves this problem. Nasal obstruction may be associated with chronic sinusitis in some patients.

Significant nasal septum deviation can cause:

  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Postnasal drip or sinus drainage down back of the throat
  • Snoring
  • Nosebleeds
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Sleep apnea
  • Recurrent or chronic sinusitis

What are nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps are soft, benign (noncancerous) growths that originate from the mucosal lining of the nasal passages or sinuses. Shaped like teardrops or grapes, they may be  caused by chronic or long-term inflammation of the nasal or sinus membranes due to recurring infection, allergies, or other disorders.

The polyps themselves are not painful but may cause:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell
  • Persistently stuffy or runny nose
  • Significant postnasal drip
  • Decreased sense of taste
  • Sinus congestion leading to facial pain or pressure over the cheeks and forehead
  • Headaches
  • Snoring   

What causes chronic sinus infections?

Chronic sinusitis occurs when the cavities around nasal passages or sinuses become persistently inflamed and swollen. Symptoms may include:

  • Discolored discharge from the nose
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Ear pain
  • Cough that worsens at night
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

Causes of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Colds and other upper respiratory infections
  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Upper respiratory allergies
  • Tumors