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ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat)

FirstMed's otolaryngologists diagnose and treat conditions that affect the ears, nose and sinus, throat and pharynx.

Conditions affecting the ears, nose, throat, head and neck

Otolaryngology may seem to cover just three main areas of the body, however it involves a wide range of medical conditions. You may need to see an ENT if you are experiencing:​


  • Vertigo or dizziness

  • Clogged ears and hearing loss

  • Ear pain and infection

  • Ear wax removal

  • Hearing test


  • Deviated septum

  • Breathing problems​

  • Snoring and sleep apnea

  • Rhinitis

  • Changes in taste or smell, or swallowing

  • Nasal congestion

  • Sleep problems

  • Sinus surgery


  • Trachea (windpipe) injury or conditions​

  • Sore or strep throat

  • Laryngitis

  • Voice loss and change

  • Snoring and sleep apnea

  • Tonsillitis

  • Changes in taste or smell, or swallowing

Head and Neck

  • Trauma and injuries to head and neck structures

  • Vertigo or dizziness

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Upper respiratory infections

  • Sinus headache

  • Lump on head or neck

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What to expect at your otolaryngology visit:

Otolaryngology deals with disorders that involve the head and neck. Your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor can treat issues that range from a simple earwax cleaning to more serious conditions that require head or neck surgery.

The doctor will speak with you about any relevant medical or family history you may have and then evaluate your symptoms based on your description and the physical examination. Be sure to mention any medications you take that may affect your issues directly or as a side effect.

If necessary, the doctor will also complete or schedule a procedure or give you a prescription to alleviate your symptoms or treat your condition. The doctor may also prescribe a follow-up visit to see whether your therapy has worked correctly.

ENT Services at FirstMed

Our ENT can help you to diagnose and treat symptoms affecting different parts of your head and neck. During the doctor’s evaluation of your case, he will decide whether your condition is something that needs to be treated with therapy, medication, or surgery.


For some diagnoses, probable treatments could be:


Ear wash Hearing test Evaluation for cochlear implants Ear drops/medication for ear infections


Nasal decongestants Surgical evaluation for deviated septum, nasal deformities, or nasal injuries Nasal allergy treatment Surgical evaluation for nasal polyps Anterior nosebleed evaluation and management


Evaluation and treatment of tonsillitis Evaluation of laryngitis Salivary or thyroid gland tumor evaluation


Evaluation of and specialist referral for head and neck bumps Thyroid and parathyroid evaluations

Ear Wax Removal

Why it’s important to see an ENT:

Taste, smell and sound are three senses that we generally take for granted, however when one of these senses is affected, it can greatly impact our quality of life. ENTs deal with these issues and more. If you have a problem that affects your head or neck, whether it has to do with congenital or inflammatory issues, respiratory conditions or esophageal and voice problems, our doctor will take care of you.

What should I do if...?

FirstMed's ENT services are quite comprehensive, but we understand that you may have some questions regarding how to get an ENT visit in Rome. Here are a few points you may be wondering about for ENT consultation in Italy.

Q: Can the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor make a home/hotel visit?

A: Yes, we can set up a home visit service depending on your symptoms. If you would prefer the ENT doctor to come to your home/hotel, all you need to do is to tell us your symptoms and preference in your request. FirstMed 24/7 customer support will help you connect with your doctor. 

Q: Will the ENT doctor prescribe me medication?

A: If you are already taking any ENT medications, you and the doctor can evaluate the options for a renewed or new prescription. Talk with the ENT doctor about your concerns and, if you're interested, ask if there are any alternatives to get the best array of your choices.

Q: When should I see the ENT doctor for an ear infection?

A: You should seek out medical attention for an ear infection if you have pain, fever, discharge coming from the ear and if your symptoms do not disappear within 1-3 days. Also it is important to see the ENT doctor if you have frequent ear infections that occur one after another. This may even lead to loss of hearing.

Q: When should I see the ENT doctor for throat issues?

A: You should see the ENT doctor if you have pain, inflammation and visible white spots on the tissue of the throat and tonsils or if you are struggling to swallow, or find that swallowing is uncomfortable, then an ENT is the right specialist to contact. Or else if you have lost your voice, an ENT can help to establish the cause and help you find a solution.

Q: I experience frequent sinus infections. Is this normal?

A: While the very occasional sinus infection (sinusitis) is relatively normal, recurrent or chronic sinus infections are not. There could be several reasons why you keep getting sinus infections. In this case, it is important to see an ENT doctor.

Q: How much does the otolaryngology visit cost?

A: A typical ENT visit is €150.00 with FirstMed Personal Value Card (discount card) for cash payers.

Why choose FirstMed?

There are many reasons to choose FirstMed, amongst which the top are:

  • Our medical team and customer care staff are fluent both in English and Italian

  • Reports can be provided in English or Italian (or both languages, upon request)

  • Little to no waiting time if you’ve booked an appointment

  • Service is confidential, comprehensive, and simple to use

  • FirstMed works with many international insurance companies

  • Our clinic is well connected by public transport and near the city center


See our FAQs section to learn more about our services!

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