Posts for category: Allergies

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 Ear, Nose and Throat
July 31, 2015
Category: Allergies
Tags: Air Purifiers   Allergies  

Find out if getting an air purifier could actually help to combat those pesky Oxnard allergies.

Air Purifiers for AllergiesWhile we all love the warm weather that summer brings, no one likes all the coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes that sometimes come with it. This might sound a lot like your summer if you are an allergy sufferer. While over-the-counter antihistamines and other lifestyle modifications can often go a long way to treating your allergies in Oxnard, find out if getting an air purifier for your home could lessen your symptoms.

Using an Air Purifier Properly

Air purifiers can be a great way to combat allergy symptoms, but keep in mind that how you use it can make all the difference in the world. For one, the speed in which you run your purifier is important. Not all speeds will offer the same results. If you run your air purifier at lower speeds you are also reducing the amount of square footage it will cover. If your air purifier is a bit too noisy to run at high speed all the time then opt for running it high speed for a few hours before bedtime and then turning the speed down while you sleep.

Also, it’s important to recognize that an air purifier isn’t a panacea for your allergies. This means that you will still need to take additional precautionary steps to ensure that your allergy symptoms don’t act up. Certainly an air purifier can go a long way to reducing allergy problems, but this won’t eliminate the need to dust your home, wash bedding and furniture regularly, and keep humidity under control. Air purifiers do not actually remove dust, so you will still need to use a strong vacuum cleaner (preferably with a HEPA filter) to get rid of dander and dust from the floors and furniture.

Everyone should find a treatment plan that works for them and gives them a reprieve from their allergy symptoms. Hopefully using an air purifier will help to reduce or even eliminate your allergies. If you are still fighting with this annoying problem, then it’s time to see your Oxnard ENT doctor. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat today to schedule an appointment.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
April 27, 2015
Category: Allergies
Tags: Springtime  

Find out how to fight back against your persistent allergies this season.

Now that Spring has finally sprung you may have noticed that the sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throat have become a daily Allergiesoccurrence for you. Don’t let allergies ruin the beautiful weather and outdoor activities you have planned.

Managing allergies with over-the-counter medications

Some patients may find that their allergy relief is no further than their Simi Valley drugstore. Opt for the over-the-counter antihistamines that are non-drowsy, which will make it easier to fight off allergies without also having to fight off the urge to fall asleep at your desk.

If you suffer from nasal congestion, then you may also want to consider taking a decongestant or using a nasal spray. However, always follow the medications exactly as they are directed. If your nasal congestion doesn’t clear up or get better after a couple days, then it might be time to talk to your Simi Valley ENT doctor about a corticosteroid spray.

If you are suffering from a sore throat due to irritating postnasal drip, try soothing it with throat lozenges.

Managing allergies without medications alone

Besides going the medication route to treating your allergy symptoms there are also other things you can do to prevent your symptoms from surfacing. While sometimes this might seem easier said than done, it’s important to avoid your triggers as much as possible. This means following these little tips to keeping your allergy symptoms at bay:

  • Keep windows closed if you are sensitive to outdoor allergies.
  • If you do spend time outside, be sure to take a shower immediately after coming back in
  • Wash your bedding, pajamas and clothes as much as possible to keep allergens down during the Spring.
  • Vacuum carpets, rugs and furniture at least once a week.

However, sometimes these simple acts alone aren’t enough to eliminate your allergies. If you are still suffering, put an end to it by seeing your Simi Valley ENT doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
April 27, 2015
Category: Allergies
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

Find out if surgery is the answer for your sinus-related issues.

While some of us will deal with the dreaded once a year sinus infection, those with chronic sinusitis aren’t as fortunate. These annoying and persistent symptoms last chronic suffers over 12 weeks. If you are currently dealing with severe or chronic sinus issues then it might be time to find out how getting sinus surgery in Oxnard could improve your health.

Goal of Sinus Surgery

The main purpose of sinus surgery is to help drain the sinuses and to remove any blockages that might be present. While some patients may find the relief they need through more conservative means, surgery may be the only option for those who have severely blocked or infected sinuses.

Types of Sinus Surgeries

There are two different kinds of sinus surgeries: the traditional form and an endoscopy. Most patients choose endoscopies because they are less invasive, and cause fewer side effects and also offer a shorter recovery time.

Endoscopic sinus surgery: An endoscopy uses a thin, flexible scope that goes inside your nose to help eliminate the blockage and to help drain the sinuses. It can also be used to remove small pieces of bone or other problems that could be blocking the sinuses, as well as sinus polyps.

Traditional sinus surgery: While endoscopic surgery in Oxnard is often preferred, there are times when only traditional surgery is best. One example is if there are complications (e.g. pus in the sinuses, an infection in the bones or an abscess in the brain) as a result of chronic sinusitis. In traditional surgery an incision is made either inside the mouth or through the face.

What Sinus Surgery Treats

Your Oxnard ENT doctor may recommend sinus surgery if you are dealing with any of these problems:

  • You have chronic sinusitis
  • Nasal polyps (causing a sinus blockage)
  • A fungus causing sinus infection
  • A sinus infection that spreads to the face, brain or eyes
  • Nasal tumor or growths
  • Tear duct blockage
  • Lack of smell

If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis or any of the above conditions then can’t find relief from other treatment options then it might be time to consider sinus surgery. Talk to your Oxnard ENT doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 06, 2015
Category: Allergies
Tags: Seasonal  

It's that time of the year again: as the days get colder and the air gets drier, our noses get runny and our throats get itchy, often leading to full-blown allergy attacks. Allergy symptoms like these don't have to keep you down for days on end, though! You can conquer them, but clearing up these symptoms takes knowledge and vigilant self-care to prevent future outbreaks, and to avoid the Allergiesrisk of potential upcoming reactions.

At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, you'll discover firsthand how your allergies can be a thing of the past. While allergens can be transmitted to their victims by air, touch, or ingestion, you can take full control before they reach your body through the care of our expert ENT doctors on site.

Check out some facts about allergies and how to keep them under wraps below:

What Are Allergies?

Allergies are exaggerated immune responses to atmospheric substances that are considered harmless to most other members of the general public.

What Causes Them?

A person's genes as well as their immediate environment can directly contribute to allergic reactions. Symptoms like sneezing, a sore throat, a runny nose, and itchy eyes are common indications that you're battling something allergy-related.

If left untreated, allergies can lead to more severe symptoms like postnasal drip, repeated colds, recurring ear infections and hearing loss, chronic coughs, and even asthma, not to mention other respiratory and digestive problems. In short, allergies can impact every facet of your body.

What Sets Them Off?

People with allergies are often sensitive to environmental substances like:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Mold spores
  • Insect bites/stings
  • Certain medications

How Can I Overcome Them?

Getting over your allergies means staying away from the environmental stimuli that sets them off to begin with. Your helpful ENT doctor at West Coast ENT can create the right treatment plan for you to overcome all your allergy maladies, as they will conduct tests to uncover the proper diagnosis for your specific issues.

For more information on overcoming your allergies this cold season, give one of the trusted ENT doctors at West Coast ENT a call today at (805) 379-9646 for full allergy-symptom relief right here in Thousand Oaks, CA!