Posts for tag: Allergies

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 21, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Allergies   nose  

What Your ENT specialists in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Oxnard want you to know

Allergies are your body’s response when it’s exposed to a foreign substance. The foreign substance called an allergen can be from allergiesplants, animals or foods. Most people won’t have a response to allergens, but for those who are sensitive, allergies can produce symptoms like rashes, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and a variety of other issues. The ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery want to help with your allergy symptoms.

Symptoms can cause problems with your sinuses, airways, skin and digestive system. Allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe. A severe reaction, called anaphylactic shock, can result in a blocked airway and an inability to breathe.

Allergies can cause symptoms all year long. If you are having symptoms in the spring or summer, you could have hay fever, called allergic rhinitis. It is an allergy to pollen.

Indoor allergies are common in the fall and winter when you spend more time inside. Some common indoor allergies include dust mites, mold and pet dander.

There are many common allergies to certain foods including peanuts and shellfish. Many food allergies can cause a severe response, like breathing difficulty.

Your ENT specialists in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo want you to know the first step in dealing with allergies is to find out what you are allergic to and limit your exposure to it. They can help with allergy testing, to determine what causes you symptoms.

When you find out what you are allergic to, there are several things you can do at home to limit your exposure. You can try:

  • Hypoallergenic linens and pillowcases
  • HEPA or allergy filters in your bedroom
  • Vacuuming and dusting frequently
  • Keeping pets out of your bedroom and off of your furniture
  • Closing your doors and windows if you have seasonal allergies

You don’t have to deal with allergies alone. Your ENT specialists are experts at helping to alleviate allergy symptoms. In addition to allergy testing, they offer several effective treatments including allergy shots and sublingual drop therapy.

For more information on allergy testing and treatment, call your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery with offices in Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks, CA. Call today and get some relief!

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.