The stuffiness, headache, and drainage associated with a cold are annoying yet manageable symptoms because they're all temporary. However, what happens when these symptoms linger long after your cold has cleared up? This is known as sinusitis, and, fortunately, here at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, CA, our team of physicians have extensive experience in helping patients treating it. Read on to learn how!
Non-surgical sinus treatments
Before suggesting surgery, most otolaryngologists will attempt to treat their patients' chronic sinus issues with less invasive methods first. Allergy tests can determine if you're allergic to anything and various medications, both oral and nasal, may be necessary. If your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, an ENT from one of our offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, can prescribe the appropriate medication to clear up the problem. Oral steroids may also help reduce inflammation to promote better breathing.
Reasons for sinus surgery
If the above methods of managing sinusitis fail to bring you relief, it may be necessary to receive sinus surgery from one of our offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard. People who need surgical treatment on their sinuses typically have one of the following conditions:
- A deviated septum. This is a common condition in which the cartilage that divides your nose down the middle is pushed further to one side. While very few people have nasal passages that are the same on both sides, some septums can be so uneven that one side is obstructed, preventing proper drainage and leading to recurrent sinus infections.
- Nasal polyps. These soft, painless growths can line the sinuses, making breathing difficult and causing recurrent sinus infections. Their cause is often unknown, although they can be linked to inflammation from allergies or asthma. Removal of these polyps falls under the umbrella of sinus surgery.
Concerned? Give us a call!
If you've been dealing with the above-listed symptoms for longer than a few weeks, it's time to contact West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat to make an appointment with one of our otolaryngology team members. We have locations in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, making it convenient for you to receive the help you need!
Dial (805) 484-5929 for Camarillo, (805) 527-7320 for Simi Valley, (805) 379-9646 for Thousand Oaks, and (805) 983-0395 for Oxnard.
Hearing loss can occur so gradually that you may not realize that you have a problem at first. Recognizing common signs of early hearing loss can help you ensure that you get the treatment you need. If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, can help you enhance your hearing with appropriate treatment.
Hearing loss signs
If you have hearing loss, you may notice that:
- People don't talk as loudly anymore: If you have difficulty hearing everyone, it may be you, not them. Initially, you may notice trouble hearing children or women with high-pitched voices, but it may become difficult to hear everyone eventually.
- You have to fill in the blanks: Hearing loss can make it hard to hear certain sounds or consonants. As a result, you may constantly guess what people are saying.
- Watching TV shows or going to the movies is frustrating: Do you turn up the TV and still have trouble hearing? If you've been gradually increasing the volume, you may have hearing loss. Hearing loss may also make it hard to hear the dialogue over the background music at the movie theater.
- You can't hear well if someone calls to you from another room: You may be relying on visual clues and lip reading more than you think if it's difficult to hear someone in the next room.
- Using the phone is hard: Phone conversations can also be hard to understand because you can't see the person's lips.
- You seem to have more personal problems: When you can't hear well, you may misunderstand what your significant other, friends, supervisor or colleagues say, which can lead to problems at work or in your relationships.
Whether you need hearing aids to combat age-related hearing loss, drainage tubes to remove built-up fluid or other treatments, our ENT's are committed to helping you improve your hearing.
Do any of these signs sound familiar? Find out if you have hearing loss by scheduling a visit with the ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat. Make an appointment by calling (805) 983-0395 for the Oxnard, CA, office, (805) 379-9646 for the Thousand Oaks office, (805) 527-7320 for the Simi Valley office or (805) 484-5929 for the Camarillo office.
Have you been sneezing and coughing for weeks? Your persistent cold might actually be caused by an allergy. Luckily, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks, CA, offer treatments that can ease your symptoms.
But I've never had allergies before!
Allergies can occur at any time in your life. No one is sure exactly why allergies develop when they do, but the unpleasant symptoms can affect you whether you're 10 or 45.
Allergies occur when your body overreacts to a normally harmless substance like pollen or pet dander. Your body releases antibodies that begin to attack and destroy the substance. Unfortunately, this response tends to cause sneezing, watery eyes, hives, nasal congestion/runny nose, or gastrointestinal symptoms if you're allergic to a food.
How can I tell what's causing my allergy?
If your Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley, or Thousand Oaks ENT suspects that you have allergies, they may recommend allergy testing to determine which allergens trigger your symptoms. Common allergens include:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Insect stings
What can I do about my allergies?
Your ENT can offer treatments that prevent allergy symptoms from occurring when you're exposed to allergens. Depending on the type and severity of your allergies, you may benefit from prescription antihistamines, decongestants, nasal corticosteroid sprays, oral corticosteroids, allergy shots, or epinephrine auto-injectors.
Making a few changes to your home may also be helpful in reducing allergy flare-ups. If you're affected by seasonal allergies, you may want to buy an air purifier and avoid opening the windows or using fans during allergy season. Air-conditioners are much better for you than fans, given that they filter out allergens.
Vacuuming or mopping floors regularly and removing carpeting can also reduce allergens. Do you have a pet? Although you may not be outright allergic to your furry friend, they can still carry allergens inside after spending time outdoors. Washing your dog often not only decreases dander but also removes allergens.
If you have food allergies, it's also important to remove any foods that trigger your symptoms.
Need relief? Give us a call!
If you think you may have an allergy, schedule an appointment with the ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat by calling (805) 484-5929 for the Camarillo, CA, office, (805) 983-0395 for the Oxnard office, (805) 527-7320 for the Simi Valley office or (805) 379-9646 for the Thousand Oaks office.
Say goodbye to nasal congestion, facial pressure, and other allergy symptoms.
Millions of Americans battle with allergies; fortunately, there are many over-the-counter medications that can be used to help control symptoms when they flare-up. Of course, it’s also important to know when it’s time to turn to one of our Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists for treatment. Here are the common types of allergies and their symptoms, as well as the warning signs of when it’s time to see a doctor,
Common Types of Allergies
When someone has an allergy to something, this simply means that the body’s immune system mistakes a harmless element within your environment to be posing a threat. People can have an allergic reaction to just about anything, but the most common types of allergies include:
- Dust mites
- Insect stings or bites
- Pet dander
Signs and Symptoms of Allergies
The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of allergy you are dealing with. Common allergy symptoms include:
- Runny or stuffed nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or vomiting
As you might be able to guess, allergies to pet dander, pollen, and mold often lead to nasal symptoms, while food allergies are prone to causing gastrointestinal issues. If you are dealing with any of these symptoms regularly, you could have undiagnosed allergies.
When to See a Doctor
It’s important to know when it’s time to visit our Thousand Oaks ENT practice for allergy treatment. While many people can get their allergy symptoms under control with simple over-the-counter medications, if your symptoms are severe or aren’t responding to at-home care, then you should heavily consider turning to us for more effective medication. It’s particularly important to see us if your allergy symptoms are occurring regularly or if they are adversely affecting your quality of life. We offer many treatment options, including:
- Eye drops
- Epinephrine (in severe cases)
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery is ready to provide you with the allergy relief that you’ve been looking for! Call (805) 379-9646 today to schedule an appointment in Thousand Oaks, CA, (805) 527-7320 for Simi Valley, (805) 983-0395 for Oxnard, and (805) 484-5929 for Camarillo!
How Allergies Affect your Ears, Nose, and Throat
An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances. Allergy symptoms can make miserable and put you at risk for life-threatening reactions. An Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor can help you manage your allergies. West Coast ENT, which has offices in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, offers treatments for allergies. Read on to find out how allergies can affect your ears, nose, and throat.
Allergies and the Ears- Most people know that allergies can cause sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Some people don’t realize that the ears can be affected by allergies, too. A stuffy nose and sinus pressure may radiate to your ears, causing pressure or earaches. Allergies can also impact hearing. Some people experience short-term hearing loss due to an allergic reaction.
Allergies and the Nose- A stuffy or runny nose can be a symptom of allergies. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a term used to describe allergic reactions in the nose. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can include sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, as well as itching in your nose, eyes, or the roof of your mouth. ENT doctors specialize in nasal allergy treatments.
Allergies and the Throat- Allergies can also cause a sore throat. Postnasal drip can cause an allergy-induced sore throat. It occurs when you're exposed to the allergen and congestion in the sinuses drains down the throat. This causes tickling or soreness. Seasonal allergies can also make it difficult to swallow. This inflammation can lead to narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to difficulty swallowing.
Treatments for Allergies- There are several types of allergy medications available to treat and ease your allergy symptoms. These allergy medications include steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, combination drugs, and others. In severe cases, your ENT doctor may recommend immunotherapy, also called allergy shots. They can help desensitize your immune system to allergens.
If you want to experience powerful, 24-hour allergy relief, call West Coast ENT at 805-379-9646 today to schedule an appointment in Thousand Oaks, CA. Call 805-527-7320 to schedule an appointment in Simi Valley, CA. Call 805-983-0395 to schedule an appointment in Ventura County, CA. Call 805-484-5929 to schedule an appointment in Camarillo, CA. We want you to live your best life!
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