Posts for: November, 2017
What your ENT specialists in Simi Valley, California want you to know.
Sinus problems can affect your ability to breathe and can keep you from enjoying your life. Sometimes over-the-counter remedies can help temporarily, but often sinus problems become chronic. The answer might be sinus surgery. Your ear, nose, and throat specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery want to share the facts about sinus surgery. They have several convenient office locations in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, and Camarillo, California to serve you.
Sinus surgery can help you if you suffer from:
- Chronic sinusitis or sinus headaches
- Chronic sinus infections affecting your bones
- Nasal or sinus polyps
- Structural or skeletal nasal or sinus issues
- Fungal sinus disease
- Cancer in your sinuses
Sinus surgery has become state-of-the-art and is more comfortable with less downtime than ever before. Some of the types of sinus surgery to consider include:
- Balloon sinuplasty, which is an outpatient procedure involving the insertion of a thin catheter containing a balloon into your nostril. When the catheter reaches a blockage, the balloon is inflated, gently opening the blockage and creating an open airway. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter and balloon are removed.
- Endoscopic surgery, using a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope; the endoscope is inserted into your nostril and guided up into your sinuses. Your doctor can remove polyps and other obstructions to open your airway.
For stubborn, chronic sinus issues that don’t respond to less invasive treatments, open sinus surgery might be indicated. Open sinus surgery is often the treatment of choice for sinus cancer and other serious sinus conditions. The goal of sinus surgery is to remove infected or cancerous tissue and rebuild your sinus.
If you are one of 37 million Americans suffering from chronic sinus problems, it’s time to consider sinus surgery. For more information about whether sinus surgery can help you, call your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery with offices in Simi Valley, Ventura County, Thousand Oaks, and Camarillo, California. Call today!
Don’t let your allergies win. Fight back with more effective methods.
Whether you are someone who deals with seasonal allergies or you are allergic to your friend’s cat, there are many elements in the environment that can lead our body to reaction in strange ways. If one of our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors has diagnosed you with allergies find out the best ways to tackle them for the long term.
While some allergies can be controlled with simple over-the-counter medications and by avoiding the allergen as much as possible, our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks otolaryngologists know that it isn’t always that simple. Those dealing with moderate-to-severe allergies need better treatment options.
Of course, it’s important to know what triggers your symptoms. While it is easy for some people to tell it isn’t always that obvious for others. By coming into our office we can perform an allergy skin test to pinpoint your allergies.
One way to reduce the frequency or severity of your allergy symptoms is to find the right medication based on the symptoms you experience. Prescription-strength antihistamines, decongestants or even steroids (in more severe cases) are the most common allergy medications offered.
Sometimes allergy shots are recommended if you deal with serious symptoms that hinder your day-to-day life. For example, if you are allergic to pet dander, but your family can’t imagine living without their furry sidekick, then allergic shots may be the best method for reducing your pet dander symptoms over time.
Besides medications, which are designed to control your symptoms but won’t actually cure your allergies, there are also lifestyle modifications you can make to reduce contact with the allergen:
- Make sure that your bedroom is a pet-free zone.
- Wash all surfaces of the home, and vacuum and clean all carpets, furniture and bedding regularly.
- Depending on the cause of your allergies, it’s a good idea to wear a mask over your nose and mouth while gardening, mowing the lawn or even dusting and cleaning your home.
- If you have outdoor or seasonal allergies keep windows closed on days when pollen or mold counts are high. Avoid spending a lot of time outdoors if it’s windy.
Have questions about treating your allergies? Not finding these options as effective as you had hoped? West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat is here to the rescue. With four convenient locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, we make it easier to get the allergy treatment you need.
Do you know the warning signs of head and neck cancer?
While no one likes thinking about cancer, it’s certainly an important topic that is worth educating people about. After all, around 63,030 people developed head and neck cancer in 2016 alone. Unfortunately, the survival rate is exceedingly low because a lot of people don’t know what symptoms to look for or which symptoms are worth being checked by a medical professional. Our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists are here to provide some facts about head and neck cancer and the telltale signs that something is wrong.
Did you know that when it comes to head and neck cancers, the areas most affected by this disease are the nose, throat and ears? So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that if you notice any of these symptoms that it’s time to call our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks ENT doctors to find out if you should come into the office for a checkup:
- Chronic sore throat
- Hoarseness or changes in your voice
- Persistent cough
- The sensation of a lump in your throat
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Ear pain
- Difficulty hearing
- Persistent bad breath despite good oral health
- Oral patches that may be red or white
- Difficulty breathing
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
While one of these symptoms alone won’t often be a cause for concern, if you are experiencing several of these symptoms then something isn’t right and should be addressed by our ENT specialists. The sooner you seek attention for your health problems the better the prognosis will be if we find that you do in fact have head and neck cancer.
In order to determine whether or not you have head and neck cancer, it’s important that we perform a thorough evaluation in order to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Along with a physical exam, we will go through your detailed medical history and also talk to about the symptoms you are experiencing. If we suspect that you may have cancer then we will recommend that you visit a specialist for a more comprehensive battery of diagnostic testing.
Whether you are experiencing symptoms or you just have concerns about your ear, nose and throat health, it’s important that you give West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat a call. Our ENT services extend to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, areas.
Find out if your child’s loud snoring could be due to this sleep disorder.
We all know that it can be difficult to have to wake up your child for school in the morning. They often stumble out of bed groggy and tired. However, if your child has sleep apnea, their morning sluggishness is more severe than you might expect. They may find it nearly impossible to get out of bed and they may go through their morning routine in a zombie-like state. Our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors are here to point out the telltale signs that it might just be time for your child to have a checkup.
It’s important to recognize that this extreme daytime exhaustion doesn’t just end once they get to school. This severe tiredness follows them throughout the day. It’s like sleeping dust that they just can’t shake. Aside from the chronic exhaustion, you may also notice that they snore quite frequently and also quite loudly at night.
Of course, it’s important that you listen to your little one’s snoring to hear if they are gasping for air in between. If they are, we know that you might be worried, but this is a common symptom in children with sleep apnea and it’s a good reason to visit our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks otolaryngologists for an evaluation.
Children with sleep apnea may have difficulty sleeping, may exhibit signs of hyperactivity, may be prone to tantrums and mood swings, or may have trouble concentrating. As a result, children with untreated sleep apnea may fall behind in school and have trouble completing day-to-day tasks.
Why should sleep apnea be treated?
These breathing cessations that occur throughout the night (however short) deprives the blood of oxygen. This can lead to some serious long-term health problems. Furthermore, as you may already notice, sleep apnea can also affect your child’s behavioral and cognitive functions. If you want to protect their health and improve how they function in school then it’s important that you seek treatment for your child’s sleep apnea as soon as possible.
We would be happy to create a treatment plan that works best for your child. From CPAP equipment and lifestyle modifications to wearing a custom-made oral appliance or undergoing surgery, there are many routes we can take to treat your little one and help them finally sleep better.
If you think your child may have sleep apnea it’s important that you have ENT specialists you can turn to. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat to schedule your little one’s consultation with us. We are proud to offer our services to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, areas.
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