Posts for: August, 2017
Are you someone that suffers from frequent nosebleeds?
While nosebleeds are a pretty common occurrence and something most people shouldn’t be worried about, you may actually be a bit more concerned if you start to notice them happening more frequently. If you are someone who suffers from nosebleeds rather often, then you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA, otolaryngologists are here to provide you with the insight you need to better address this issue if it happens to you.
In most cases, being exposed to dry air or picking your nose are two of the main reasons why you may develop a nosebleed. This is not a cause for concern, as the problem will go away on its own. Of course, these aren’t the only reasons you may develop a nosebleed. If you have a sinus infection (both acute and chronic), a cold or allergies you may also notice nosebleeds more often.
If you use are exposed to certain chemical pollutants this can also cause your nose to bleed, as can taking certain medications like blood thinners. Polyps and tumors are more rare causes of nosebleeds.
So, when should you be concerned about your nosebleeds?
It’s a good idea to visit our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo ENT doctor if you notice a nosebleed after an injury (e.g. car accident), if there is a significant amount of blood, if your nosebleed last longer than 30 minutes or if you trouble breathing as a result of your nosebleed.
Even if you are able to stop your nosebleeds, if you are still experiencing them rather often, this is a good time to turn to our ENT doctors to find out what’s going on. Even a self-limiting problem such as this one has a cause, and it’s important that we get down to the root cause to stop the frequency of your nosebleeds.
If you are dealing with chronic nosebleeds in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Simi Valley or Oxnard, CA, then it’s time you sought the relief you deserve. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat today to schedule an appointment with us.
Are Q-tips a safe method for cleaning out your ears?
Are you someone who is obsessive about cleaning out their ears? If so, then you may turn to Q-tips to get your ears squeaky clean; however, maybe you’ve started hearing more and more people tell you that it’s not safe to use Q-tips. Is it an effective method or could it cause more harm than good? Our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA, ENT doctors are here to weigh in on the subject.
You get out of the shower and you hate that there seems to be some water trapped in your ear (and perhaps a bit of soap, too!). So the first thing you do after you towel off is pull out a Q-tip to get those ears dry and clean. Halt! Put that Q-tip away if you value the health of your ears.
While it might feel good and rather rewarding to clean out your ears there is one problem: Q-tips shouldn’t actually go inside your ears. That’s right! All you have to do is read the instructions on a box of Q-tips and you’ll see that it says not to put these little instruments inside your ears.
“Why?” you may be wondering. Well, surprisingly enough, your ears should have some ear wax in order to trap bacteria and other debris and prevent infections. Of course, if you use Q-tips regularly, you could do one of two things: remove too much ear wax and leave your ears prone to infection, or push the ear wax further into the ear canal and cause an impaction (which can also result in muffled hearing or temporary hearing loss). Q-tips could even puncture the eardrum if you push them too far inside the ear canal.
So, what should you do if you notice that you have an excessive amount of earwax buildup? This is a good time to call one of our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo otolaryngologists, who can safely clean out the ears if necessary. Of course, if you start to notice ear pain or other symptoms that could be a sign of an ear infection, it’s also important that you come in for treatment.
West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat is proud to provide comprehensive ENT care to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA, areas. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of an ear infection or you have questions about your ENT health, we are here to help.
Has your sore throat been lingering much longer than you hoped? Find out why!
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:
- Mouth breathing
- Dry air
- Environmental pollutants
- 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.
Find out the best way to help you hear those around you again.
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
- Otosclerosis (a disease of the bones of the ear)
- Head trauma
- A viral infection
- Autoimmune disorder
- 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.
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