Posts for: December, 2014
Here are some telltale signs that you may need thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks.
Here are the most common conditions and reasons why it may be time to consider getting thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks.
Why is thyroid surgery performed?
Thyroid surgery is typically recommended if thyroid cancer is detected, if there is a nodule that is causing issues such as problems swallowing or breathing, if there is a fluid-filled cyst that reoccurs after drainage, or if hyperthyroidism cannot be properly treated with the use of medications. However, surgery for hyperthyroidism is rare.
What is thyroid surgery?
The main purpose of thyroid surgery is to remove part or all of the thyroid gland to prevent nodules or cysts, or to remove cancerous parts of the thyroid.
There are several types of thyroid surgeries including a total thyroidectomy in which the entire thyroid gland is removed; a thyroid lobectomy, in which your Thousand Oaks ENT will only remove one lobe; or a subtotal thyroidectomy, in which we will remove more than one lobe (this is most common in those whose hyperthyroidism is due to Graves’ disease).
Thyroid surgery is an inpatient procedure and most patients can leave the hospital one or two days after surgery. Your general health along with the type of surgery will dictate how soon you can leave the hospital and how long your recovery time will be.
What to consider before thyroid surgery
If your doctor has recommended a total thyroidectomy, your entire thyroid will be removed. This means that you will develop hypothyroidism and need to take a synthetic hormone for the rest of your life.
Other thyroid surgeries like a lobectomy can also bring about hypothyroidism. If this happens you will also need to take thyroid medication for life.
If you are experiencing any of these problematic symptoms, then it may be time to schedule your next appointment with your Thousand Oaks ENT as soon as possible. We will be able to run the necessary tests to determine whether thyroid surgery is right for you.
Your Camarillo ENT opens up about the most classic hearing loss signs.
Currently about 48 million Americans have reported some degree of hearing loss, and as we get older this statistic only increases, with about one in three people over the age of 65 having some form of hearing loss. If you are experiencing hearing difficulties, then here are some of the signs that you may benefit from getting a hearing aid in Camarillo.
- Have problems hearing people or conversations in loud environments like restaurants or a mall?
- Have trouble following the conversation when in a group of people?
- Have to ask people to repeat themselves often?
- Look at people’s lips to try and make out what they are saying?
- Turn up the volume on your TV or car radio?
- Refrain from social gatherings because of problems hearing conversations?
If you’ve said “yes” to any or most of these questions, then you may want to consider seeing your Camarillo ENT about how a hearing aid could help you hear better.
Why should I get a hearing aid?
The most obvious answer is that a hearing aid will help you hear; however, there is so much more to it than that. In fact research conducted by the National Council of Aging found that those who opted for hearing aids noticed significant improvements to their mental health, social life and even sex life!
If you think you may need a hearing aid, we recommend talking to us right away. The longer you wait to seek treatment the longer it will take your brain to grow accustomed to the hearing aid. The sooner you get a hearing aid the better your chances that your brain will adapt to the retraining quicker.
Which hearing aid is right for me?
There are several different kinds of hearing aids available, from those that fit behind your ear to those that go right into the ear canal. A lot of will depend on your comfort, hearing loss severity and budget. However, the best way to decide what kind of hearing aid is right for you is to schedule an appointment with your Camarillo ENT. Then we can conduct proper hearing loss tests to determine which type of hearing aid will be most effective.
Dealing with hearing loss can be frustrating and we want you to be part of the conversation again. Call your Camarillo ENT and let us know that you would like to discuss hearing aid options with us. We would be happy to schedule your next appointment.
Your Simi Valley ENT tells you how to best handle relentless pet allergies.
A pet can be a wonderful addition to any household, and can often feel like just another member of the family; however, it can feel frustrating when those itchy red eyes and sneezing are caused by your fluffy friend. However, this doesn’t mean you need to part ways with your trusty companion. If you are suffering from pet dander allergies, your Simi Valley ENT shares effective ways to alleviate your symptoms:
While this might seem harsh, the less contact your pet has with certain spaces in your home the more relief you will experience. This means keeping cats and dogs out of bedrooms, which can cause major problems for those with severe allergies or asthma. Also, limiting pets to rooms with only hardwood floors instead of carpet, which can trap dander, may also help cut down on your allergies.
Don’t let sleeping dogs lie
While it might seem wonderful to cozy up with your pup after a long day of work, all the sneezing and breathing problems could turn your cuddle fest into a nightmare. This is why your Simi Valley ENT recommends keeping pets off furniture including beds and couches where the dander can get trapped. Should your pet accidentally jump up on the couch, you will want to vacuum and wash the furniture immediately. This same rule applies to rugs, pillows, clothing and blankets.
Keep it Clean!
While dusting and cleaning won’t remove all the dander, it will certainly help. A vacuum that comes equipped with a HEPA filter may be more effective at removing more of these allergens from your home; however, it may be best to vacuum or clean once the person with the pet allergies is not home. If the pet-allergy sufferer is you, consider wearing a facemask while cleaning.
One study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that after a bath, a dog’s allergen levels decreased by as much as 85 percent. So…you know what this means. It’s time to pull out the bathtub and scrub your pet! Dogs should be getting a bath twice a week to truly help with your pet dander allergies.
If none of these tips offer relief and you’ve tried ever over-the-counter allergy medication, then call your Simi Valley ENT today to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to figure out a treatment plan that helps calm your symptoms and allows you to live happily with your beloved pets.
Signs and symptoms common in children include:
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive crying
- Ear pain, especially when lying down
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds
- Tugging or pulling on ear
- Loss of balance
- Fever of 100 F or higher
- Drainage of fluid from the ear
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