Posts for category: ENT Conditions and Treatments

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 10, 2022
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

If you’re suffering from blocked sinuses, let the specialists at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat help you determine if sinus surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, or Camarillo, CA is the solution for you.

How Sinus Surgery Can Improve Your Life

Millions of people suffer from sinus issues. It’s often temporary, and many find relief from noninvasive treatments. However, some suffer from chronic sinus issues that aren’t relieved by medication. In these cases, sinus surgery is often the key.

During this surgery, the doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA are able to enlarge the nasal passages, and any tissue that is causing or promoting sinus symptoms can be removed. This process provides the following benefits and more.

Improves Drainage

The most obvious benefit of sinus surgery is that it makes it possible for the sinuses to drain as they are intended to do. This allows you to breathe easier.

It's important to understand, though, that surgery is not a replacement for medication. However, it can make any medicine you take more effective.

Reduction in Pain and Pressure

When the sinuses cannot drain naturally, they become blocked and build up. Such a build-up leads to headaches, pressure, and pain in the face. Without addressing it properly, it can last for months at a time. As surgery allows for natural drainage, these painful blockages don’t occur.

Improved Sleep

Sinuses and blockages can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, leaving sufferers waking up more exhausted than they were when they went to bed. By opening up the passageways and allowing the sinuses to drain, you can achieve a greater quality of sleep.

Less Dry Mouth

People with sinuses have trouble breathing through their noses, so they naturally begin breathing through their mouth, instead. This can cause severe dry mouth and bad breath. Surgery can allow you to breathe freely through your nose again, greatly reducing dry mouth and related issues.

Get Back to Life

As you begin to get more rest and aren’t impacted by your sinuses, you can start to enjoy life again. You’ll have more energy, less pain, and less irritability. You’ll likely notice that you’re more productive and that you get to enjoy your loved ones more.

If you’re tired of suffering from sinus symptoms, make an appointment with West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat to discuss the benefits of sinus surgery for you. You can schedule your appointment in Thousand Oaks at (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard at (805) 983-0395, and Camarillo at (805) 484-5929.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
September 15, 2021

Have others complained about sleeping around you because of your loud snoring? Do you wake up after a long night’s sleep feeling groggy and exhausted instead of refreshed? These may be signs that you’re dealing with obstructive sleep apnea. Your ENT doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, are here to explain what obstructive sleep apnea is and how it can be treated.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

If you’re dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, it’s usually because the jaw is slightly misaligned and your tongue can block your airway, causing you to snore or experience pauses in your breath while sleeping. There are some common symptoms to be aware of with obstructive sleep apnea, including:

● Snoring
● Pauses in the breath
● Grogginess
● Inability to focus
● Inability to feel fully rested
● Extreme drowsiness during the day
● Persistent nighttime urination
● Restlessness during sleep

Obstructive sleep apnea can occur in anyone but is most common in those over 50 or those that are overweight.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Depending on the severity of your condition, there are a number of ways that your ENT doctor in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, may recommend treating your obstructive sleep apnea. You may have to make some lifestyle changes, like switching to a healthier diet, but they also may recommend using a CPAP machine to regulate your breathing and open your airway. You may also be given a mouthguard-like device that is used to reposition the jaw and make it easier for your airway to stay open.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

Don’t let obstructive sleep apnea go untreated! Contact your ENT doctor in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, today to learn more about treating obstructive sleep apnea. Call the office at Thousand Oaks, CA, at (805) 379-9646, the office in Simi Valley, at (805) 527-7320, the office in Oxnard, at (805) 983-0395, or the office in Camarillo, CA, at (805) 484-5929 today!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 19, 2020
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Millions of Americans experience hearing loss, and in our Thousand Oaks, CA, office, we take pride in offering patients with state-of-the-art equipment that allows for the most accurate evaluation and appropriate treatment. Hearing loss happens gradually. It can be confusing, and you may not even realize that you are falling victim to this condition. At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, we encourage you to read on for answers to our frequently asked questions about hearing loss.

How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?

When engaging in conversation, are people often mumbling instead of enunciating? Do you regularly miss keywords in a sentence or ask friends and family to repeat themselves? Sometimes the symptoms of hearing loss are blatantly apparent, but it's significant to achieve a definite diagnosis to ensure successful treatment. If you continually turn up the volume on the radio, television, or someone close to you has mentioned you might be hard of hearing, consider setting up a diagnostic test.

Who is at Risk for Hearing Loss?

Aging is one of the most common causes of hearing loss but isn't always the reason for the problem. According to statistics, 35-55% correlates with genetics. Some illnesses, like meningitis, can also damage the mechanisms inside the ear, resulting in temporary or permanent hearing loss. Additionally, your career may have a large impact on your hearing capabilities. If you work in construction or in a warehouse with heavy machinery, this can also put you at risk.

What are the Treatment Options?

For Thousand Oaks, CA, patients who suffer from hearing loss, West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, offers different types of listening devices depending on the severity. After our audiologist assesses your hearing during an exam, he or she can determine which type of hearing aid is best suitable for your specific needs. Types of hearing aids range from in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, in-the-canal, or open fit. There are many different styles to choose from that are custom, convenient, discreet, and flexible for your lifestyle.

If you have concerns about hearing loss, we have licensed audiologists on staff to help you achieve proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options if necessary. At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, we offer comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients from infancy to adulthood. For more information about hearing loss, the conditions we treat, and other services provided, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at our Thousand Oaks, CA, office, please call (805) 379-9646; for our office in Simi Valley, CA, call (805) 527-7320; for our Oxnard, CA, office, call (805) 983-0395; and for our office in Camarillo, CA, call (805) 484-5929.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 13, 2018
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Dealing with hearing loss in Oxnard, CA? Let us help you!

Hearing LossAnyone can have hearing loss, from children to senior citizens. In fact, approximately 15 percent of Americans over the age of 18 have said that they have some difficulty hearing. Wondering what causes hearing loss and how to protect your precious hearing? Turn to our Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors and audiologists for the answers you’re looking for to prevent or treat your hearing loss.

What causes hearing loss?

The most common cause of hearing loss is age. As we get older, most people will develop some degree of hearing loss in both ears. Of course, other factors that can affect your hearing include,

  • Ear infections
  • Genetics
  • Birth defects
  • Extreme noises

Both age and exposure to loud noises can lead to damage of the cochlea’s nerve cells and hairs, which is responsible for sending sound to the brain for it to interpret. If the hair or nerve cells are damaged, the signal isn’t properly transmitted to the brain, which results in hearing loss.

Is hearing loss preventable?

One of the best ways to prevent hearing loss is to protect your ears from loud noises. It’s important to understand what noises can be damaging to your hearing. Some of these noises include live concerts, dance clubs, firearm ranges, motorcycles, and powerboats.

Furthermore, there are certain professions that are at an increased risk for hearing loss due to constant exposure to loud noises. These professions include military personnel, construction workers, farmers, police officers, and musicians. It’s important that you always wear hearing protection such as earplugs if you work in a noisy environment.

We also know that a lot of people love blasting music at home or while exercising, but it’s important to be cognizant of how loud the music is and to adjust the sound so that it’s not hazardous to your hearing. It’s also a good idea to visit our otolaryngologists in Oxnard, CA, for regular screenings.

What are my treatment options if I have hearing loss?

The most common hearing loss treatment is a hearing aid. While a hearing aid will not restore your hearing, it will be able to improve your ability to hear certain tones and pitches that may have been difficult due to your hearing loss. The role of a hearing aid is to amplify certain sounds, making it easier to understand people, especially in noisier environments.

Depending on the type of hearing loss you are dealing with, one of our ENT specialists may recommend a cochlear implant or surgery.

Interested? Call today!

West Coast ENT is dedicated to providing comprehensive ear, nose, and throat care to Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA. No matter whether you are dealing with symptoms of hearing loss or you already have been diagnosed and want to discuss hearing aid options, call our office today to schedule an appointment with us! (805) 379-9646

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 21, 2018
Tags: Allergies  

Your daughter feels nauseated and exhausted after eating lunch. You notice that her lips seem bit puffy. It has happened before, but thisWoman with allergies episode seems worse. What's going on? At West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, your board-certified otolaryngologist can examine your child for allergies. The body's hypersensitive reaction to food eaten, substances touched or things inhaled, your child's allergy can be identified and controlled.

Why do allergies happen?

Our bodies have immune systems which guard us against illnesses such as colds, flu, skin infections and a whole host of problems. Unfortunately, the immune system sometimes can be overactive, attacking substances which, to other people, are perfectly harmless.

When an allergic substance, or allergen, contacts a sensitive adult or child, that person reacts with a substantial flurry of natural antibodies which release histamines. Histamines produce a variety of uncomfortable symptoms in wide-ranging severity, including:

  • Stomach upset
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • A cough
  • Sneezing
  • Runny, itchy eyes and nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing

What triggers allergies?

Many children and adults suffer from allergies in various forms. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 24 million Americans suffer from noticeable allergies, and six million of that number are children.

What triggers an allergic response? Allergens can be somewhat mysterious in origin and even harder to pinpoint. For sure, the immune system plays a significant role, along with environment, heredity and even stress.

The most common groups of triggers include:

  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Insects (cockroaches, bees)
  • Plant mold
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Peanuts
  • Food dyes and additives
  • Certain fabrics
  • Perfumes and scents added to soaps and cosmetics
  • Some medications

Pinpointing allergies

Tracking down triggers and treating children's allergies in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA takes due diligence on the part of parents and your friends at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat. When you consult one of our physicians, be specific about your child's symptoms and when they occur. The doctor may advise some of the following to test for allergies:

  • A food diary and elimination and challenge test Done at home, this careful strategy lists everything a child eats and then eliminates and re-introduces suspected allergens.
  • RAST test This blood work analysis reveals antibodies which form in response to allergens.
  • Skin allergy, or scratch, test It introduces small amounts of allergens under the skin. The doctor "reads" the body's reaction to the triggers.
  • Sublingual testing This common evaluation introduces a small amount of allergen under the tongue.

Avoidance

Common sense says to avoid your child's known triggers. Additionally, she may benefit from sublingual medications, allergy shots and over the counter and prescription medications to alleviate symptoms. Your ENT doctor will devise an allergy care plan to help you and your child deal with allergies on a daily basis.

Find out more

As her parent, you know your daughter best. If you suspect she has allergies, please contact West Coast Ear, Nose in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA and throat for a consultation. Call today: (805) 379-9646.