Posts for category: Allergies

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!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
December 15, 2014
Category: Allergies
Tags: indoor allergens   pet dander   pets  

Your Simi Valley ENT tells you how to best handle relentless pet allergies.

A pet can be a wonderful addition to any household, and can often feel like just another member of the family; however, it can feel frustrating when those itchy red eyes and sneezing are caused by your fluffy friend. However, this doesn’t mean you need to part ways with your trusty companion. If you are suffering from pet dander allergies, your Simi Valley ENT shares effective ways to alleviate your symptoms:

Lessen contact

While this might seem harsh, the less contact your pet has with certain spaces in your home the more relief you will experience. This means keeping cats and dogs out of bedrooms, which can cause major problems for those with severe allergies or asthma. Also, limiting pets to rooms with only hardwood floors instead of carpet, which can trap dander, may also help cut down on your allergies.

Don’t let sleeping dogs lie

While it might seem wonderful to cozy up with your pup after a long day of work, all the sneezing and breathing problems could turn your cuddle fest into a nightmare. This is why your Simi Valley ENT recommends keeping pets off furniture including beds and couches where the dander can get trapped. Should your pet accidentally jump up on the couch, you will want to vacuum and wash the furniture immediately. This same rule applies to rugs, pillows, clothing and blankets.

Keep it Clean!

While dusting and cleaning won’t remove all the dander, it will certainly help. A vacuum that comes equipped with a HEPA filter may be more effective at removing more of these allergens from your home; however, it may be best to vacuum or clean once the person with the pet allergies is not home. If the pet-allergy sufferer is you, consider wearing a facemask while cleaning.

Bath time!

One study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that after a bath, a dog’s allergen levels decreased by as much as 85 percent. So…you know what this means. It’s time to pull out the bathtub and scrub your pet! Dogs should be getting a bath twice a week to truly help with your pet dander allergies.

If none of these tips offer relief and you’ve tried ever over-the-counter allergy medication, then call your Simi Valley ENT today to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to figure out a treatment plan that helps calm your symptoms and allows you to live happily with your beloved pets.