Posts for category: Allergies

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
March 06, 2019
Category: Allergies
Tags: Allergies  

Have you been sneezing and coughing for weeks? Your persistent cold might actually be caused by an allergy. Luckily, the ear, nose and allergiesthroat (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
  • Mold
  • Cockroaches
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Medications
  • Metals
  • Insect stings
  • Latex
  • Foods

 

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.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throa
March 05, 2019
Category: Allergies
Tags: Allergy Symptoms  

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 Allergiessymptoms 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:

  • Food
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Medicine
  • Latex
  • 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
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • 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:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • 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!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
December 18, 2018
Category: Allergies
Tags: Allergies  

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!

By West Coast ENT
February 11, 2016
Category: Allergies
Tags: Hay Fever  

What is Hay Fever? What you need to know about hay fever.

When plants start to flower and grass starts to grow, do you start sneezing and have itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose? Chances are you have hay fever, a common seasonal problem. There is relief out there, from your ear, nose and throat specialist at West Coast Ear, Hay Fever Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA.

Hay fever is also called allergic rhinitis and it can resemble a cold, but hay fever isn’t a virus. Hay fever is caused from an allergic response to a substance like tree or grass pollen, dust mites, or pet dander. Symptoms can occur year round, or be seasonal depending on what you are allergic to.

You may have hay fever if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery red eyes
  • Postnasal drip
  • An itchy nose, throat or roof of your mouth

Your Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks ENT professional wants you to know about some preventive measures you can try to protect yourself from hay fever. You need to avoid exposure to what triggers your allergy by:

  • Avoiding the outdoors in early morning, when pollen is highest
  • Closing your windows and doors to keep pollen out of your house
  • Using allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
  • Using allergy-proof pillowcases and mattresses
  • Vacuuming your carpets at least every week
  • Keeping your pets off of your furniture and out of your bedroom

Your ENT specialist in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks has several treatments that can help you with get relief from hay fever symptoms. Your specialist may suggest:

  • Irrigating your nasal passages with saline rinses
  • Allergy shots or tablets
  • Prescription antihistamines and decongestants
  • Corticosteroid nasal spray

If you dread the change of seasons and are afraid to go outside because of hay fever, don’t suffer! Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat with four locations to serve you in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA. You deserve to live a happy, symptom-free life, and your ENT specialist at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat will help you do just that, so call today!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
July 31, 2015
Category: Allergies
Tags: Air Purifiers   Allergies  

Find out if getting an air purifier could actually help to combat those pesky Oxnard allergies.

Air Purifiers for AllergiesWhile we all love the warm weather that summer brings, no one likes all the coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes that sometimes come with it. This might sound a lot like your summer if you are an allergy sufferer. While over-the-counter antihistamines and other lifestyle modifications can often go a long way to treating your allergies in Oxnard, find out if getting an air purifier for your home could lessen your symptoms.

Using an Air Purifier Properly

Air purifiers can be a great way to combat allergy symptoms, but keep in mind that how you use it can make all the difference in the world. For one, the speed in which you run your purifier is important. Not all speeds will offer the same results. If you run your air purifier at lower speeds you are also reducing the amount of square footage it will cover. If your air purifier is a bit too noisy to run at high speed all the time then opt for running it high speed for a few hours before bedtime and then turning the speed down while you sleep.

Also, it’s important to recognize that an air purifier isn’t a panacea for your allergies. This means that you will still need to take additional precautionary steps to ensure that your allergy symptoms don’t act up. Certainly an air purifier can go a long way to reducing allergy problems, but this won’t eliminate the need to dust your home, wash bedding and furniture regularly, and keep humidity under control. Air purifiers do not actually remove dust, so you will still need to use a strong vacuum cleaner (preferably with a HEPA filter) to get rid of dander and dust from the floors and furniture.

Everyone should find a treatment plan that works for them and gives them a reprieve from their allergy symptoms. Hopefully using an air purifier will help to reduce or even eliminate your allergies. If you are still fighting with this annoying problem, then it’s time to see your Oxnard ENT doctor. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat today to schedule an appointment.