Posts for: June, 2019

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
June 20, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Post-Nasal Drip  

Post-nasal drip affects almost everybody at some point in their lives. The glands in your throat and nose continually produce mucus to filter out foreign matter, moisten nasal membranes, and fight infection. Post-nasal drip can have numerous causes. Post-nasal drop is treatable by medical professionals. West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery (offices in Thousand Oaks, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Oxnard, CA, and Camarillo, CA) offers treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Read on to learn more about post-nasal drip.

What is postnasal drip?

Post-nasal drip occurs when excess mucus is produced by the nasal mucosa. When your body starts producing excess mucus, you may feel in the back of your throat. You might also feel mucus dripping down your throat. This is called postnasal drip. Other common symptoms of postnasal drip include a cough that’s worse at night, sore, scratchy throat, feeling that you need to constantly swallow or clear your throat, and bad breath.

What causes post-nasal drip?

Some common causes of post-nasal drip include dry air, cold temperatures, hormonal changes, chemical irritants, pregnancy, and certain foods. Additionally, a number of conditions can cause post-nasal drip, Allergies are a common cause of post-nasal drip. Another common cause of post-nasal drip is a deviated septum, which means that the thin wall of cartilage between your nostrils leans to one side or is displaced. Other causes of post-nasal drip include viral infections and sinus infections.

How can I prevent post-nasal drip?

You can prevent postnasal drip by reducing your exposure to allergens. Keep your house as clean as possible. Change air filters on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system regularly. Take allergy medication every day or get regular allergy shots. Shower or bathe before bed whenever you’ve spent a lot of time outside if you’re allergic to pollen. Use pillow and mattress covers to protect against dust mites.

Do I need to see an ENT doctor?

Make an appointment with an ENT doctor if your symptoms have persisted through home treatments for more than 10 days. There are some symptoms that could indicate it’s time to see an ENT doctor. These include fever, wheezing, or mucus with a strong odor. These may be symptoms of a bacterial infection, which requires antibiotics. If you have a deviated septum, surgery may be the only way to permanently treat post-nasal drip. This surgery (called a septoplasty) straightens and tightens the nasal septum.

If you need treatment for post-nasal drip, call West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery right now to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT specialists in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, or Simi Valley. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery!


By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
June 17, 2019
Category: ENT Treatments
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

The stuffiness, headache, and drainage associated with a cold are annoying yet manageable symptoms because they're all temporary. Sinus-PainHowever, what happens when these symptoms linger long after your cold has cleared up? This is known as sinusitis, and, fortunately, here at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, CA, our team of physicians have extensive experience in helping patients treating it. Read on to learn how!

 

Non-surgical sinus treatments

Before suggesting surgery, most otolaryngologists will attempt to treat their patients' chronic sinus issues with less invasive methods first. Allergy tests can determine if you're allergic to anything and various medications, both oral and nasal, may be necessary. If your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, an ENT from one of our offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, can prescribe the appropriate medication to clear up the problem. Oral steroids may also help reduce inflammation to promote better breathing.

 

Reasons for sinus surgery

If the above methods of managing sinusitis fail to bring you relief, it may be necessary to receive sinus surgery from one of our offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard. People who need surgical treatment on their sinuses typically have one of the following conditions:

  • A deviated septum. This is a common condition in which the cartilage that divides your nose down the middle is pushed further to one side. While very few people have nasal passages that are the same on both sides, some septums can be so uneven that one side is obstructed, preventing proper drainage and leading to recurrent sinus infections.
  • Nasal polyps. These soft, painless growths can line the sinuses, making breathing difficult and causing recurrent sinus infections. Their cause is often unknown, although they can be linked to inflammation from allergies or asthma. Removal of these polyps falls under the umbrella of sinus surgery.

 

Concerned? Give us a call!

If you've been dealing with the above-listed symptoms for longer than a few weeks, it's time to contact West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat to make an appointment with one of our otolaryngology team members. We have locations in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, making it convenient for you to receive the help you need!

Dial (805) 484-5929 for Camarillo, (805) 527-7320 for Simi Valley, (805) 379-9646 for Thousand Oaks, and (805) 983-0395 for Oxnard.




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