Posts for: February, 2015

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
February 06, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Does your child struggle with a case of hearing loss that leaves them frustrated and you looking for answers? While hearing loss can seem like a debilitating thing that affects every part of a kids' life, it doesn't have to be with the right outlook and right help from your local ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor right here in Oxnard, CA.

That's because at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, you can find relief for your child's hearing loss, allowing him/her to succeed in every area of life with the trusted efforts of certified ENT doctors on site. Keeping a positive attitude and being self-educated about hearing loss allows you to take control of whatever dire hearing situation has come your child's way.

Will My Child Live Normally?

Despite some hearing loss problems being permanent, those that are classified as mild to moderate can receive medical correction, so that your child's life won't be characterized with difficulty hearing.

Even if your child must live with hearing loss, many of these challenges frequently become advantages. These include:

  • a greater ability to work hard without auditory distractions
  • an improved sense of self-discipline and focus

Plus, children with hearing loss symptoms have found life much easier in recent years due to improvements in hearing technology, along with the emphasis on early detection and early intervention programs available in the U.S. . These advances offer hope to young patients that simply didn't exist just a few decades ago.

For more information on pediatric hearing loss and why your child will be best served under the care of the trusted ENT doctors at West Coast ENT, give one of the helpful professionals on site a call today at (805) 983-0395 to find the fullest relief possible for your child's ailing ears!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 06, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Sore Throat  

With the flu season now in full swing, you've got to remain on your guard if you don't want to have to suffer through the typical runny nose, stuffed-up sinuses, and sore throat symptoms indicative of a cold. Unfortunately, many of us succumb to a cold during these winter months despite our best efforts not to, leaving us irritable and in pain until our immune system clears it out.

But at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, you can stop sore throats in their tracks before they've got a vice grip on your neck! Using Throatthe expert techniques of the ENT doctors on site, you'll leave happy and your throat will, too, serving as a testament to the fact that your cold symptoms are no longer in control.

If you have a sore throat and want to try to overcome the pain from home, take a look at these helpful tips below:

  • Drink more water. This helps flush out your body's toxins (which could be at least one of the reasons your throat is sore) while soothing your burning throat on the way down.
  • Warm tea with honey does work. This delicious home remedy soothes and relaxes your irritable throat.
  • If you don't already have one, get a steamer (or humidifier). Use it in your bedroom while you sleep for full throat relief the following morning.
  • Gargle with warm salt water. Do this several times every day until the pain clears.
  • Try over-the-counter pain reliever options. Ones like Tylenol Sore Throat, Advil, or Motrin IB have been found to do wonders for sore throats
  • Get plenty of rest. This helps supercharge your immune system so it can fight off whatever's laid claim to your esophageal tract and get your throat back to its normal, painless self in no time.
  • Don't eat fatty, citrus, or spicy foods. Doing so will only irritate your throat further!

For more information on how you can keep your throat feeling good this season, give the trusted ENT doctors at West Coast ENT a call today at (805) 484-5929 for the full throat relief you've been looking for right here in Camarillo, CA!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 06, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

Did you know that even the most dysfunctional sinuses can find full relief right here in Simi Valley, CA? That's because West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat employs only the most professional ENT doctors available, striving to always show its pained patients why the symptoms of a cold don't have to drag them down any longer.

Even patients with chronic sinus problems can find complete relief at West Coast ENT, as the certified doctors on site utilize a number Sinusof proven techniques to relieve your stuffed sinuses. One of the leading methods used to clear patients of residual sinus issues is through surgery, which serves as a safe, reliable, and effective way to overcome all that ails your sinus cavity for good.

While having any type of surgery can seem scary at first, you can rest assured that the time leading up to your sinus surgery will be simple and problem-free - especially when you adhere to the recommendations of your primary ENT surgeon leading up to the procedure.

Some of the primary steps to ensuring that your sinus procedure goes as safely and as simply as you want it to includes:

  • Set-Up Your Pick-Up In Advance. After all, you won't be able to drive immediately following your surgery!
  • Take Care Of Your ENT Responsibilities Beforehand. If your doctor mentions tests you still need to have before your sinus surgery, get them out of the way as soon as you can.
  • Stop Smoking. If you have a habit, remember that it's imperative you stop at least a month before sinus surgery, as the smoke can raise the risk of bleeding in your nose (not something you need during surgery). Also, stay away from it for at least four weeks after the surgery.
  • Communicate With Your Doctor. Good communication is the precursor to a successful surgery!

For more information on sinus surgery and whether you might be a candidate for the proven therapy, give West Coast ENT a call today at (805) 527-7320 for sinuses that stay sniffle-free!


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