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Is a thyroidectomy right for you?
The thyroid might be small but it plays a key role in body temperature regulation, hormones, nervous system function, heart rate and more. So when your thyroid starts to act up you may begin to notice weight gain or weight loss, hair loss, chronic fatigue and other problems. While our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, ENT doctors can manage most thyroid problems without surgery, sometimes surgery is necessary. Surgery might be necessary if,
You Have an Excessively Large Goiter
A large and painful goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid) that impacts swallowing or breathing may mean turning to our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA for thyroid surgery. Surgery may remove only a part of the thyroid or the whole thing.
You Have an Overactive Thyroid
Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid occurs when excessive levels of thyroid hormones are produced by the gland. Most cases of hyperthyroidism can be managed with medications; however, if are unable to take any of these medications and you’ve either tried other therapies and treatment options (or have decided not to undergo certain therapies), then removing the overactive thyroid through surgery might be the best choice.
Nodules on the Thyroid
Unfortunately, not all nodules of the thyroid can be diagnosed as cancerous or noncancerous through biopsy methods. If this is the case, our ENT team may recommend surgery to remove the thyroid, especially if there is a chance that the nodules could be cancerous.
You Have Thyroid Cancer
This is a more obvious reason why you might need to undergo thyroid surgery. If cancer is present we may only need to remove a portion of the thyroid; however, if there is a chance for recurrence, or if cancer has spread outside the thyroid, then our team may recommend removing the entire thyroid gland.
If you think thyroid surgery might be right for you, it’s time to talk with our ENT doctors to find out. West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat is the premier ENT practice, providing thyroid treatment and surgery to individuals in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA. 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.
At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, our doctors know that thyroid disorders are relatively common, and because of this, we understand the importance of thyroid testing, thyroid medication, and thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA.
What Are the Signs of Thyroid Issues?
Increased/Decreased Heart Rate
The health of the thyroid can have a direct impact on your cardiovascular health. For example, hyperthyroidism can result in an increased heart rate, while hypothyroidism can result in a slowed heart rate. With hyperthyroidism, your arteries may end up losing elasticity, leading to high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. With hypothyroidism, you can develop high blood pressure as well, in addition to irregular, faster, harder heartbeats and chest pains.
Fatigue is incredibly common in those who have thyroid disorders. It tends to be the first sign of an issue. You may find that you are sleeping more or finding it hard to wake up in the morning and stay awake. These concerns are serious and may be a sign of an underlying issue, such as a thyroid problem, especially when presented with some of these other symptoms and should be discussed with your doctor.
Rapid weight gain and loss is yet another sign that you may have thyroid disease. When you don’t have enough energy to get up and around like usual, you can’t burn the normal number of calories to maintain your normal, healthy weight. On the flip side, when you have an excess amount of energy, your metabolism will work too quickly, resulting in rapid weight loss.
Some other signs of thyroid issues include the following:
● Body shakes
● Difficulty concentrating
● Hair thinning or loss
● Irritability or other mood issues
● Sensitivity to heat/cold
● Muscle aches
● Digestive issues
● Changes in sexual performance
● Changes in the menstrual cycle
How Are Thyroid Problems Treated?
As soon as you have identified the symptoms of a thyroid issue and believe you may have a thyroid problem, you may be curious about how it may be treated. Although other treatment options may be available, there are two primary ways for thyroid issues to be treated: medication and thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA.
There are numerous prescription medications that can be used to treat both types of thyroid issues. Some are in the form of a capsule or pill, while others come in the form of an injection. Depending on the extent of your disorder, medication may be the route to take.
In some cases, thyroid surgery is necessary to remove the thyroid. This tends to be the case with hyperthyroidism, as it can be resistant to medication. After the surgery, medication is usually prescribed.
If you believe you are experiencing signs of thyroid issues, call (805) 379-9646, (805) 527-7320, (805) 983-0395, or (805) 484-5929 to schedule thyroid testing at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat today. Afterward, we can help determine the best course of action, be it thyroid medication or thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA.
Allergies are abnormal responses of the immune system against typically harmless substances known as allergens. The individual’s body responds to these allergens and ultimately produce common allergy symptoms like rashes, runny or stuffy nose, swelling, and/or sneezing. The most common allergy type we treat here at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery in our Thousand Oaks, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Oxnard, CA, and Camarillo, CA, locations is allergic rhinitis. Find out more about it below.
What Exactly is Allergic Rhinitis?
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis stem from irritation and inflammation of the nose due to contact with allergens and other irritants, such as the following:
- Pollutants and chemicals in the air
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Strong smells or fumes
- Changes in the weather and temperature
- A respiratory tract infection
When an allergic individual breathes in these allergens and irritants, they enter the nose and your body reacts by releasing histamine. This chemical then causes allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Treating Allergic Rhinitis
Essentially, you should avoid exposing yourself to your specific allergy triggers. To ease mild symptoms, you can turn to saline rinses or sprays and OTC antihistamine and allergy medications. If these fail to properly manage your allergy symptoms, you should seek help from your ENT doctor in our Thousand Oaks, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Oxnard, CA, or Camarillo, CA, office for more potent allergy treatments.
These treatments could include more potent antihistamines and oral decongestants as well as antileukotrienes. Your prescribed medications need to be taken as directed to ensure effectiveness and avoid adverse effects. If these still fail to work, your ENT doctor might recommend immunotherapy or allergy shots. When determining the medications that will best suit your case, the following factors will be considered:
- Your specific symptoms
- The intensity or severity of your symptoms
- Medications you’ve used or are currently taking
- Possible side effects
- Will you need to take the medication intermittently or daily?
Managing allergic rhinitis, or any kind of allergy could be challenging. It might seem like a daunting task to manage a treatment plan and avoid your specific triggers. However, by having a communicative and collaborative relationship with your ENT doctor, you could develop and follow a sustainable treatment plan.
For Allergy Relief, We Can Help
Book a visit here at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery by calling our Thousand Oaks, CA, office at (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley, CA, office at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard, CA, office at (805) 983-0395, or Camarillo, CA, office at (805) 484-5929.
The stuffiness, headache, and drainage associated with a cold are annoying yet manageable symptoms because they're all temporary. However, what happens when these symptoms linger long after your cold has cleared up? This is known as sinusitis, and, fortunately, here at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, CA, our team of physicians have extensive experience in helping patients treating it. Read on to learn how!
Non-surgical sinus treatments
Before suggesting surgery, most otolaryngologists will attempt to treat their patients' chronic sinus issues with less invasive methods first. Allergy tests can determine if you're allergic to anything and various medications, both oral and nasal, may be necessary. If your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, an ENT from one of our offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, can prescribe the appropriate medication to clear up the problem. Oral steroids may also help reduce inflammation to promote better breathing.
Reasons for sinus surgery
If the above methods of managing sinusitis fail to bring you relief, it may be necessary to receive sinus surgery from one of our offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard. People who need surgical treatment on their sinuses typically have one of the following conditions:
- A deviated septum. This is a common condition in which the cartilage that divides your nose down the middle is pushed further to one side. While very few people have nasal passages that are the same on both sides, some septums can be so uneven that one side is obstructed, preventing proper drainage and leading to recurrent sinus infections.
- Nasal polyps. These soft, painless growths can line the sinuses, making breathing difficult and causing recurrent sinus infections. Their cause is often unknown, although they can be linked to inflammation from allergies or asthma. Removal of these polyps falls under the umbrella of sinus surgery.
Concerned? Give us a call!
If you've been dealing with the above-listed symptoms for longer than a few weeks, it's time to contact West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat to make an appointment with one of our otolaryngology team members. We have locations in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard, making it convenient for you to receive the help you need!
Dial (805) 484-5929 for Camarillo, (805) 527-7320 for Simi Valley, (805) 379-9646 for Thousand Oaks, and (805) 983-0395 for Oxnard.