Posts for tag: Allergy Symptoms

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 19, 2020
Category: Allergies

Struggling with allergies? Here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Oxnard, CA, our physicians are committed to helping patients alleviate symptoms that are negatively altering precisely those body parts—the ears, nose, and throat. Read on to learn how we can help treat your allergy symptoms.

What is an Allergy?

Your immune system is the body's defense system against germs. When it becomes weak, it creates an overactive response to foreign substances that may not bother most people. Allergies can come in many different forms, and approximately affect 50 million Americans. Fortunately, the physicians here at our Oxnard office can order diagnostic testing to pinpoint what's causing your allergies and then develop a treatment plan best suitable for your specific symptoms.

What's Causing My Allergies?

While some patients may understand what poses a severe threat to their skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system, others might be clueless because the symptoms emerged out of nowhere. Possible hypersensitivities include:

  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Types of foods - peanuts, shellfish, dairy
  • Medications - antibiotics, penicillin

How to Ease Your Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms result in sinus congestion, itchy/watery eyes, asthma, ear infections, and other irritations. Stomach and intestinal problems can also occur, such as skin rashes, frequent headaches, and fatigue. The type of treatment our physician recommends will depend on specific indicators, as well as your concerns. We may suggest prescription-strength nasal spray to relieve pressure in the sinuses, topical lotions to alleviate inflamed skin, or shots to reduce allergy attacks.

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

An allergy can develop and disappear at any age. When one or more overstays its welcome, the physicians here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat can discuss treatment options that may include medicines, injections, and avoiding the allergens that cause you discomfort. For more information about the conditions we treat and the services we provide, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at our Oxnard office, please call (805) 983-0395.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throa
March 05, 2019
Category: Allergies
Tags: Allergy Symptoms  

Say goodbye to nasal congestion, facial pressure, and other allergy symptoms.

Millions of Americans battle with allergies; fortunately, there are many over-the-counter medications that can be used to help control Allergiessymptoms when they flare-up. Of course, it’s also important to know when it’s time to turn to one of our Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists for treatment. Here are the common types of allergies and their symptoms, as well as the warning signs of when it’s time to see a doctor,

 

Common Types of Allergies

When someone has an allergy to something, this simply means that the body’s immune system mistakes a harmless element within your environment to be posing a threat. People can have an allergic reaction to just about anything, but the most common types of allergies include:

  • Food
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Medicine
  • Latex
  • Pet dander

 

Signs and Symptoms of Allergies

The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of allergy you are dealing with. Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Runny or stuffed nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or vomiting

As you might be able to guess, allergies to pet dander, pollen, and mold often lead to nasal symptoms, while food allergies are prone to causing gastrointestinal issues. If you are dealing with any of these symptoms regularly, you could have undiagnosed allergies.

 

When to See a Doctor

It’s important to know when it’s time to visit our Thousand Oaks ENT practice for allergy treatment. While many people can get their allergy symptoms under control with simple over-the-counter medications, if your symptoms are severe or aren’t responding to at-home care, then you should heavily consider turning to us for more effective medication. It’s particularly important to see us if your allergy symptoms are occurring regularly or if they are adversely affecting your quality of life. We offer many treatment options, including:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Eye drops
  • Epinephrine (in severe cases)
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)

 

West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery is ready to provide you with the allergy relief that you’ve been looking for! Call (805) 379-9646 today to schedule an appointment in Thousand Oaks, CA, (805) 527-7320 for Simi Valley, (805) 983-0395 for Oxnard, and (805) 484-5929 for Camarillo!