Posts for: February, 2016

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 ENT
February 11, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Facial Injuries  

How Do I Protect Myself from Facial Sports Injuries? What you need to know about common facial sports injuries.

If you play sports, you need to know how to protect yourself from injuries to your face and head. Facial sports injuries can be painful, but they can also be disfiguring and even deadly. Your ear, nose and throat specialist at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Facial InjuriesOxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Camarillo, CA wants you to know about common facial sports injuries and how to prevent them.

Facial fractures are one type of facial sports injury and are diagnosed by x-rays and a clinical evaluation by your Simi Valley, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Camarillo ENT. You might have a facial fracture if you have:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Changes in your teeth or inability to close your mouth correctly
  • Numbness or pain in your lips, cheeks or face
  • Bruising and swelling

Sometimes injury to the soft tissue of your face can be treated at home with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications. Your Simi Valley, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Camarillo professional at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat wants you to come in for an evaluation if your soft tissue injury involves:

  • Loss of facial movement
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Very deep cuts in your skin
  • A change in your vision
  • Breathing or swallowing problems
  • Obvious facial deformity

The caring Simi Valley, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Camarillo ENT professionals want you to know how to prevent facial injuries. Make sure you wear protective equipment including:

  • Padding and helmets for football, rollerblading and bicycling
  • Head and mouthguards for baseball
  • Goggles for racquetball
  • Ear protection for wrestling

You should also pad goal posts and other hard surfaces if possible and make sure your sports equipment works well. Remember to always warm up and stretch before any intense exercise. If you are the parent of a child, be sure your child has adult supervision during a sporting activity.

It’s great to be active, but remember to protect yourself and your face against injury. If you do experience an injury to your face or head, don’t wait for treatment. Come see an expert at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat with four locations to serve you in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks, CA. Call today and play it safe!


By West Coast ENT
February 11, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Fungal Sinusitis  

My sinuses hurt all the time; What Can I Do? How you can prevent fungal sinusitis.

Your head hurts right above your eyes, and your nasal passages are so irritated. The pain just won’t go away no matter what you do. There is a chance you may be suffering from fungal sinusitis. It’s time to see a specialist at West Coast Ear, Nose and SinusitisThroat in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and Oxnard, CA to help relieve your pain.

Sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses can be either bacterial or fungal and the most common of these is allergic fungal sinusitis, which occurs primarily during cold months of the year. Symptoms of fungal sinusitis can include:

  • Sneezing
  • Swelling around your eyes
  • Headaches that don’t go away
  • Pain in your nasal passages

Your Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and Oxnard ENT specialist wants to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent fungal sinusitis. There are things you can do to make your body less susceptible to fungal infection. You can protect yourself by:

  • Irrigating your nasal passages with saline rinses to keep passages clean
  • Avoiding grains and sugars because fungus feeds on these foods
  • Taking fish oil supplements to boost your immune system
  • Getting enough exercise which expands your sinuses

Your ENT specialist in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and Oxnard can find out the cause of your fungal sinusitis and prescribe treatments to help you. Common treatments include:

  • Prescription antifungal medications
  • Allergy shots or tablets
  • Prescription antihistamines and decongestants
  • Nasal or oral corticosteroid medications

For more severe cases of fungal sinusitis, you may need sinus surgery, but only your ENT specialist at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat can tell you for sure. That’s why it’s important if you are suffering from sinus problems to see your specialist before your fungal sinusitis becomes more severe. Don’t wait, call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat with four locations to serve you in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo, California and get help today!


By West Coast ENT
February 09, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: sinus headaches  

What are Sinus Headaches? What you need to know about sinus headaches.

Chances are good you’ve experienced a sinus headache at some point in your life. You remember the pounding pressure and pain sinus headachearound your eyes and under your forehead. If you experience chronic sinus headaches, it’s probably time to seek professional help from the experts at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, California.

You may have a sinus headache if you experience:

  • An ache in your upper teeth
  • Pain and pressure in your forehead, cheeks, brow or around your eyes
  • Pain which gets worse if you bend forward or lie down
  • Sinus pain that is worse in the morning
  • Sinus pain that is worse in cold, damp weather

 

Sinus headaches are typically caused by a blockage of normal sinus drainage. According to the Mayo Clinic, sinus headaches are often associated with migraine headaches or other types of headaches. They can also start with an infection or allergy.

Your doctor at West Coast ENT wants you to know ways you can prevent sinus headaches:

  • Avoid foods that trigger your headaches like caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
  • Have a regular routine- get enough sleep and eat regular meals
  • Try to control your stress
  • Get regular exercise, especially aerobic
  • Try and manage your weight

 

If you have taken steps to prevent sinus headaches but are still suffering with them frequently, you should see a specialist at West Coast ENT. Effective treatments for sinus headache include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol, Aleve and Advil
  • Triptans like Imitrex which work by blocking pain pathways in your brain
  • Glucocorticoid medications to help with pain relief
  • Anti-nausea medications if your sinus headaches cause nausea and vomiting
  • Antibiotics if you have an underlying bacterial infection
  • Nasal steroid sprays to reduce the swelling in your nasal passages
  • Nasal irrigation with saline rinses

 

Sinus headaches can make you miserable and it’s easy to just give up and resign yourself to having sinus problems. But you don’t have to suffer sinus trouble! Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat with four locations to serve you in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Camarillo, California. Call today and improve your life!




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