By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 30, 2017
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: ear infections  

Ear InfectionsEar infections are very common in children. These infections can cause a variety of symptoms for which medication is needed. If you need treatment for ear infections in Ventura County, California, look to the professionals at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat. The most common type of ear infection is known as otitis media with effusion. This happens in nearly all children before school age (from six months to 4 years old). This often occurs after a viral infection or cold and usually clears up on its own. However, if it doesn’t, it is important to visit an ENT doctor to prevent further development or worsening of symptoms of an ear infection.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection

The most common symptom of any ear infection is pain. It may be hard to determine the pain if the child is so young that they can’t communication it, but you may notice changes during feeding for younger children. Another sign of an ear infection is the loss of appetite because of this pain.

Many children also will have trouble sleeping and may get a fever. You may also notice fluid draining from your child’s ear. This fluid may even have a foul odor different than normal earwax. As drainage starts, the pain or pressure most often will decrease. If this happens, it isn’t an emergency, but it is important to have your ear infections evaluated by a professional ENT doctor.

During this important appointment, surgery may be suggested if your child has continuous ear infections. Tubes are inserted into the eardrum which helps equalize pressure in the middle ear. This helps prevent future ear infections and the amount of fluid there.

With the proper consultation, your child’s ear infections in Ventura County, California can be successfully treated. To schedule an appointment at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat, call 805-379-9646 today.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 30, 2017
Tags: Sinuplasty  

Finally, experience sweet relief from your chronic sinusitis symptoms with this non-surgical procedure.

While most people will deal with a short bout of sinusitis (a sinus infection), most people will experience relief after a few weeks; unfortunately, there are some people out there that develop sinusitis and never experience a reprieve. They suffer for weeks and weeks on end. No over-the-counter remedies seem to alleviate it. If this sounds like you, then it might be time to talk to one of our Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists about balloon sinuplasty.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This procedure uses a small catheter with a deflated balloon at its end. The instrument is slowly guided into the nasal cavity and the balloon is inflated. By inflating the balloon, our Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors can open up the inflamed and blocked walls to allow the nasal cavities to properly drain. Our ENT doctors will also flush out the area to remove mucus and other debris that’s been built up. Once this has happened, the catheter can be removed.

What makes it a good option for someone dealing with chronic sinusitis?

There are so many benefits to getting balloon sinuplasty. For one, this procedure doesn’t require any incisions or cutting of bone or tissue. This means a significantly shorter and easier recovery period. Plus, this can easily be done right here in our office without the need for general anesthesia. This treatment is easy and can be performed in about an hour to an hour and a half.

Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

If you are someone who has been dealing with facial pressure, nasal congestion and discharge, or sinus headaches for over 12 weeks or more and haven’t found relief from over-the-counter or prescription medications and treatment then it’s time to talk to us about whether this minimally invasive procedure may finally rid you of your pesky long-term symptoms.

What is the recovery period like?

Since this procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any incisions or cutting, you can leave the office right after your procedure and will be able to return to your normal routine within a couple of days.

Do I only need to get balloon sinuplasty once?

The majority of patients experience the relief they’ve been looking for with balloon sinuplasty. In most cases, just one treatment session is all you need to keep nasal passages open.

The doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks, CA, are here to answer all of your questions or to help you decide whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you. Book your consultation with us today!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 23, 2017
Tags: Thyroid  

What Your ENT specialists in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks want you to know

You may know someone who has had thyroid surgery, or you may be wondering if you need treatment for your thyroid. There are a few definite indications you may need thyroid surgery. Your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery want you to know the facts about surgery on your thyroid. They have offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks, CA, to serve your needs.

According to the American Thyroid Association, thyroid surgery may be recommended if you have:

  • A nodule which causes an increase in thyroid hormone production
  • A nodule that compresses your trachea, causing swallowing difficulty
  • A nodule which might be cancerous
  • A diagnosis of thyroid cancer

Your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery are the experts who can discuss whether thyroid surgery is appropriate for you and what you can expect from treatment. They may be able to recommend non-surgical options depending on your diagnosis.

The first step to finding out if you need thyroid surgery is to visit your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery. They will perform a comprehensive medical examination including imaging, and blood tests.

You may have thyroid cancer and not know it, because the disease often starts with little or no recognizable symptoms. As the cancer advances, you may begin to experience symptoms. Some signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer include:

  • Throat or neck pain
  • Problems swallowing
  • Hoarseness and other changes in your voice
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck which can be felt through your skin

Women have a higher incidence of thyroid cancer. Your risk is also increased if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or have had high levels of radiation exposure.

If you think you might need thyroid surgery, it’s time to visit the experts by calling your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery with offices Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks, CA. Call today and protect your health!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 23, 2017
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: Allergies  

What Your ENT specialists in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo want you to know

When your body is exposed to a foreign substance, you might not have any response at all; however, you may also start to sneeze, cough, have a runny nose and watery eyes. If you have a reaction, you have an allergy to the substance.

Your ear, nose and throat specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery want to share how allergies can affect you. They have several office locations in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo, CA, to help you deal with your allergies.

An allergic reaction can occur from exposure to many different substances, called allergy triggers or allergens. Some common allergy triggers are:

  • Plant pollens including grasses, weeds or flowers
  • Dust mites and mold spores
  • Pet dander and insect bites
  • Foods including peanuts and seafood

If you suffer from allergies, the symptoms can range from mild and annoying, to serious and life threatening. Allergy symptoms can occur any time of the year, and inside or outside of your home.

Allergies can affect your ears, causing an ear infection, inflammation, and stuffy ears. The most profound effects occur in your nasal passages and throat. Some common nasal symptoms include:

  • Production of excess mucus
  • Stuffy or a runny nose
  • Sneezing or itchy nose
  • Bacterial infections

Allergic symptoms in your throat can threaten your life. A condition known as anaphylactic shock can occur when inflammation and swelling closes up your throat and blocks your airway. People with food or insect bite allergies can suffer from this deadly allergic response. Other common throat issues include:

  • Itchy throat
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Sore throats

The first step in allergy treatment is allergy testing to find out what you are allergic to. Once the allergy triggers have been identified, you can avoid them. Your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery offer effective remedies including allergy shots and sublingual drop therapy to help reduce and eliminate symptoms.

Don’t suffer from allergy symptoms when help is just a phone call away. Your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery want to help. They have offices in Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, CA, to help you so call today!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 10, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

Wondering if sinus surgery may be the answer to your chronic sinus problems? The ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in sinus surgeryThousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA, share several signs and symptoms that may indicate that sinus surgery could help you.

Signs and symptoms

You may benefit from sinus surgery if any of these signs or symptoms apply to you:

  • Frequent or Chronic Sinus Infections: If it's not unusual for you to have three or four sinus infections during the year, or you've experienced pain and inflammation for 45 days or longer, surgery may be recommended.
  • Polyps and Other Obstructions: Sinus surgery can make breathing easier if you have an obstruction in your nasal passages or sinuses. In addition to polyps, other types of obstructions include a deviated septum, bone spur, or turbinate or adenoid hypertrophy.
  • Growths: Surgery is used to remove cysts and tumors that grow in the sinuses and make it difficult for you to breathe.
  • Spreading infections: Sinus infections can be very serious if they spread to your skull or the bones of your face.

Surgery is always a last resort and is performed if other treatments, such as antibiotics, decongestants and steroids, haven't been helpful.

How is sinus surgery performed in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo?

Sinus surgery is performed using minimally invasive endoscopic surgery in most cases. A small camera mounted to one end of a flexible endoscope allows your doctor to view your sinuses on a digital screen during the surgery. Your doctor uses tiny surgical instruments passed through your nostrils to perform the surgery. You'll receive general anesthesia and won't be awake during the procedure.

Will I notice immediate results?

Immediately after surgery, you may feel congested due to swelling in your sinuses. Although it will probably take a few weeks until you experience the full effects of surgery, you'll soon notice a significant improvement. If you do experience another sinus infection at some point, it will probably be much milder than in the past.

Do you suffer from sinus pain, headaches and congestion? Your ENT can offer a variety of treatments, include surgery, that will help you breathe easier. Call the ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA, to schedule your appointment.





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