By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 02, 2017
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: sleep apnea  

Find out if your child’s loud snoring could be due to this sleep disorder.sleep apnea

We all know that it can be difficult to have to wake up your child for school in the morning. They often stumble out of bed groggy and tired. However, if your child has sleep apnea, their morning sluggishness is more severe than you might expect. They may find it nearly impossible to get out of bed and they may go through their morning routine in a zombie-like state. Our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors are here to point out the telltale signs that it might just be time for your child to have a checkup.

It’s important to recognize that this extreme daytime exhaustion doesn’t just end once they get to school. This severe tiredness follows them throughout the day. It’s like sleeping dust that they just can’t shake. Aside from the chronic exhaustion, you may also notice that they snore quite frequently and also quite loudly at night.

Of course, it’s important that you listen to your little one’s snoring to hear if they are gasping for air in between. If they are, we know that you might be worried, but this is a common symptom in children with sleep apnea and it’s a good reason to visit our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks otolaryngologists for an evaluation.

Children with sleep apnea may have difficulty sleeping, may exhibit signs of hyperactivity, may be prone to tantrums and mood swings, or may have trouble concentrating. As a result, children with untreated sleep apnea may fall behind in school and have trouble completing day-to-day tasks.

Why should sleep apnea be treated?

These breathing cessations that occur throughout the night (however short) deprives the blood of oxygen. This can lead to some serious long-term health problems. Furthermore, as you may already notice, sleep apnea can also affect your child’s behavioral and cognitive functions. If you want to protect their health and improve how they function in school then it’s important that you seek treatment for your child’s sleep apnea as soon as possible.

We would be happy to create a treatment plan that works best for your child. From CPAP equipment and lifestyle modifications to wearing a custom-made oral appliance or undergoing surgery, there are many routes we can take to treat your little one and help them finally sleep better.

If you think your child may have sleep apnea it’s important that you have ENT specialists you can turn to. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat to schedule your little one’s consultation with us. We are proud to offer our services to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, areas.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 02, 2017
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: head cancer   neck cancer  

Do you know the warning signs of head and neck cancer?head cancer, neck cancer

While no one likes thinking about cancer, it’s certainly an important topic that is worth educating people about. After all, around 63,030 people developed head and neck cancer in 2016 alone. Unfortunately, the survival rate is exceedingly low because a lot of people don’t know what symptoms to look for or which symptoms are worth being checked by a medical professional. Our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists are here to provide some facts about head and neck cancer and the telltale signs that something is wrong.

Did you know that when it comes to head and neck cancers, the areas most affected by this disease are the nose, throat and ears? So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that if you notice any of these symptoms that it’s time to call our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks ENT doctors to find out if you should come into the office for a checkup:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Hoarseness or changes in your voice
  • Persistent cough
  • The sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Persistent bad breath despite good oral health
  • Oral patches that may be red or white
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

While one of these symptoms alone won’t often be a cause for concern, if you are experiencing several of these symptoms then something isn’t right and should be addressed by our ENT specialists. The sooner you seek attention for your health problems the better the prognosis will be if we find that you do in fact have head and neck cancer.

In order to determine whether or not you have head and neck cancer, it’s important that we perform a thorough evaluation in order to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Along with a physical exam, we will go through your detailed medical history and also talk to about the symptoms you are experiencing. If we suspect that you may have cancer then we will recommend that you visit a specialist for a more comprehensive battery of diagnostic testing.

Whether you are experiencing symptoms or you just have concerns about your ear, nose and throat health, it’s important that you give West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat a call. Our ENT services extend to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, areas.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 02, 2017
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: Allergies  

Don’t let your allergies win. Fight back with more effective methods.allergies

Whether you are someone who deals with seasonal allergies or you are allergic to your friend’s cat, there are many elements in the environment that can lead our body to reaction in strange ways. If one of our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors has diagnosed you with allergies find out the best ways to tackle them for the long term.

While some allergies can be controlled with simple over-the-counter medications and by avoiding the allergen as much as possible, our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks otolaryngologists know that it isn’t always that simple. Those dealing with moderate-to-severe allergies need better treatment options.

Of course, it’s important to know what triggers your symptoms. While it is easy for some people to tell it isn’t always that obvious for others. By coming into our office we can perform an allergy skin test to pinpoint your allergies.

One way to reduce the frequency or severity of your allergy symptoms is to find the right medication based on the symptoms you experience. Prescription-strength antihistamines, decongestants or even steroids (in more severe cases) are the most common allergy medications offered.

Sometimes allergy shots are recommended if you deal with serious symptoms that hinder your day-to-day life. For example, if you are allergic to pet dander, but your family can’t imagine living without their furry sidekick, then allergic shots may be the best method for reducing your pet dander symptoms over time.

Besides medications, which are designed to control your symptoms but won’t actually cure your allergies, there are also lifestyle modifications you can make to reduce contact with the allergen:

  • Make sure that your bedroom is a pet-free zone.
  • Wash all surfaces of the home, and vacuum and clean all carpets, furniture and bedding regularly.
  • Depending on the cause of your allergies, it’s a good idea to wear a mask over your nose and mouth while gardening, mowing the lawn or even dusting and cleaning your home.
  • If you have outdoor or seasonal allergies keep windows closed on days when pollen or mold counts are high. Avoid spending a lot of time outdoors if it’s windy.

Have questions about treating your allergies? Not finding these options as effective as you had hoped? West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat is here to the rescue. With four convenient locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, we make it easier to get the allergy treatment you need.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 08, 2017
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Find out the best way to help you hear those around you again.hearing loss

Have you started noticing that it’s becoming more and more difficult to hear conversations, particularly in loud settings? Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves often? If so, then it might be time to turn to one of our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA, otolaryngologists for answers.

The first thing we will do is test your hearing to determine the extent of your hearing loss. There are different types of hearing loss. Some people have hearing loss because of specific issues with their inner or middle ear, while others may have issues with their outer ear.

There are many causes of hearing loss including:

  • An ear infection
  • Birth defects or malformations within the ear
  • Earwax impaction
  • A ruptured eardrum
  • Allergies
  • Otosclerosis (a disease of the bones of the ear)
  • Head trauma
  • A viral infection
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Aging
  • Loud noise exposure
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Tumors of the ear

How will we treat your hearing loss?

If you find that you are having difficulty hearing people around you then it’s time you turned to one of our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo ENT doctors for an evaluation. We can determine the severity and cause of your hearing loss and also help create a treatment plan that will get you on the path to improved hearing. Dealing with hearing loss has the ability to greatly impact someone’s quality of life. By turning to us sooner we can help make everyday situations easier.

If you have conductive hearing loss this usually means that your hearing loss is only temporary. This could be due to earwax impaction (in which we will need to clean out the ears and remove the buildup to restore hearing) or treat an infection with antibiotics.

Of course, if you have sensorineural hearing loss this means that your hearing loss is permanent; however, there are still ways to improve your hearing. One of the best options is to wear a hearing aid. There are so many different types and styles that can cater to your lifestyle, needs and hearing loss severity. While hearing loss will not be fully restored with hearing aids, it can certainly be greatly improved and help amplify certain pitches and sounds better.

West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat are proud to offer four convenient locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo to serve all of your needs. If you are interested in learning more about the hearing aids we offer please give us a call and schedule a consultation with us.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 08, 2017
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: Sore Throat  

Has your sore throat been lingering much longer than you hoped? Find out why!sore throat

A sore throat is always a nuisance but a sore throat that doesn’t seem to go away seems like a nightmare, right? There are many things that could be to blame for your sore throat. Luckily, our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA, otolaryngologists are here to help you get to the bottom of it.

If you have a sore throat that keeps coming back or doesn’t seem to go away after a week or more then this is certainly not something to ignore. This is your body’s way of trying to tell you that something is wrong.

A sore throat could be the result of a viral or bacterial infection. Perhaps you had a bout of strep throat that you never got treated or you have a bad case of tonsillitis (which could be the case if you notice pain on only one side of your throat).

If you also have swollen lymph nodes in the neck along with a sore throat this is something that our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo ENT doctor will need to look at right away.

Other causes of a chronic sore throat include:

  • Smoking
  • Mouth breathing
  • Dry air
  • Allergies
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Influenza
  • Mononucleosis
  • STI (e.g. gonorrhea; chlamydia)
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

As you can see, there are so many different things that could be responsible for your sore throat that it will be impossible to diagnose online. This is why you should come in for a proper diagnosis if your symptoms are severe, if your sore throat gets worse (even with at-home care), if you have a high fever or if you develop a rash.

How is a sore throat treated?

The course of action we take will depend on the cause of your symptoms. Of course, there are certain steps you can take to help minimize your sore throat. If dry air is to blame, consider putting a humidifier in your home (ideally, the bedroom). Avoid smoking and other tobacco products (even secondhand smoke), and gargle with salt water (which can ease swelling and discomfort).

If your sore throat is due to a bacterial infection (e.g. strep throat) then antibiotics will need to be prescribed in order to kill the bacteria. In the case of a viral infection, this condition will not require medication (it will usually just go away on its own).

If your sore throat is due to GERD then it’s important that you turn to a gastroenterologist who can recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription medication to help reduce stomach acid.

West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat provides the thorough ENT care you need in the Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, CA areas. If you are dealing with a sore throat that doesn’t go away then it’s time you called us to get some answers.





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