Posts for: July, 2015

By West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat
July 30, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Deviated Septum  

What are your treatment options if you have been diagnosed with a deviated septum?

Has your Thousand Oaks ENT doctor diagnosed you with a deviated septum? A deviated septum is a condition in which the wall that Deviated Septumdivides the nose in half is significantly displaced. Some people may not even know they have a deviated septum if you are noticing symptoms such as congestion, problems breathing, recurrent sinus infections or nosebleeds then you may want to talk to us about your treatment options.

How to Manage Your Symptoms

Those with a deviated septum might experience facial pain, nosebleeds and difficulty breathing due to an obstruction of one or both of the nostrils. To reduce your symptoms your Thousand Oaks ENT doctor may recommend over-the-counter medications or even certain prescriptions depending on the severity of your symptoms. Some of these medications include:

Decongestants: This will help to reduce swelling to lessen nasal obstructions, making it easier to breathe. Decongestants either come in pill or nasal spray form. Just take caution when using nasal sprays regularly, as it can actually cause symptoms to become worse (a rebound effect). Talk to your Thousand Oaks ENT doctor about whether nasal spray decongestants are right for you.

Antihistamines: These medications help to reduce runny noses, obstructions and allergy symptoms. Histamines are naturally occurring chemicals found in the body that help to fight certain pathogens (e.g. allergies). These chemicals are also known to cause swelling in the throat and nose. Antihistamines’ role is to block the release of histamines to prevent these symptoms from occurring.

Steroidal Nasal Sprays: Prescription-strength sprays can go a long way to reducing inflammation in the nasal tissue to help facilitate drainage. Steroidal sprays usually take a few weeks to take effect, so it’s important to continue taking this medication as directed by your Thousand Oaks ENT doctor.

While these medications can help you manage your symptoms, they will not fix your deviated septum. The only way to correct this condition is with surgery. This in-patient surgery is known as septoplasty, and it requires us to cut and remove certain parts of the septum and then reposition it. Symptoms caused by having a deviated septum should almost completely go away after surgery, but allergy-related symptoms will not be eliminated by this procedure.

If you are suffering from symptoms of a deviated septum then it’s time to contact your ENT doctor in Thousand Oaks today. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat to finally get the relief you need.

By West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat
July 29, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: hearing   hearing protection  

Protecting Your HearingLearn how to arm your ears with the proper protection they need to prevent hearing loss.

When the warm weather comes around we also welcome all the fun outdoor events and activities. Whether you are staying local or heading outside Camarillo, if you are attending a music festival this summer you’ll want to take a moment to consider how you’re going to protect your ears. While your ears might eventually adjust to the hours of blaring music, loud noises above a certain decibel can seriously threaten your hearing. Find out the easiest ways to protect your ears while still enjoying the music.

Check out the venue

When you get to the concert be sure to scope out your surroundings and pinpoint where the speakers are. During the course of the show, you may be tempted to move closer to the stage, which could put your ears right in from of the blaring speakers. If you want to preserve your hearing, it’s best to stand further back in the crowd where you will be away from the stage and loudspeakers. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to hear the music and enjoy the crowd camaraderie.

Purchase earplugs

Many people choose not to wear ear plugs because they worry it will muffle the sound or ruin their concert experience. But you’ll be happy to hear that this is a fallacy. If you purchase quality earplugs you’ll be able to block out a lot of the noise while still allowing you to enjoy and clearly hear the music. If custom-made and quality earplugs cost a little more than you are willing to spend, you’re still in luck. There are high fidelity earplugs that work well and offer a reasonable price tag for any budget. Talk to your Camarillo ENT doctors about which earplugs are best.

Opt for outdoor shows

If you have a choice, opt for concerts and live music performances that are performed in the great outdoors rather than a small, indoor venue. Since the noise is less concentrated outside the loud music will be kinder on your ears than in more intimate settings inside. Plus with summer in full swing, it’s now easier to find more music festivals performing outdoors.

If you are noticing issues with your hearing then it’s time to call your Camarillo ENT doctors for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. The sooner we can catch your hearing loss the sooner we can stop it from progressing. Protect your hearing and enjoy listening to your favorite musicians for years to come.


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