Posts for: May, 2017

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 30, 2017
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: ear infections  

Ear InfectionsEar infections are very common in children. These infections can cause a variety of symptoms for which medication is needed. If you need treatment for ear infections in Ventura County, California, look to the professionals at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat. The most common type of ear infection is known as otitis media with effusion. This happens in nearly all children before school age (from six months to 4 years old). This often occurs after a viral infection or cold and usually clears up on its own. However, if it doesn’t, it is important to visit an ENT doctor to prevent further development or worsening of symptoms of an ear infection.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection

The most common symptom of any ear infection is pain. It may be hard to determine the pain if the child is so young that they can’t communication it, but you may notice changes during feeding for younger children. Another sign of an ear infection is the loss of appetite because of this pain.

Many children also will have trouble sleeping and may get a fever. You may also notice fluid draining from your child’s ear. This fluid may even have a foul odor different than normal earwax. As drainage starts, the pain or pressure most often will decrease. If this happens, it isn’t an emergency, but it is important to have your ear infections evaluated by a professional ENT doctor.

During this important appointment, surgery may be suggested if your child has continuous ear infections. Tubes are inserted into the eardrum which helps equalize pressure in the middle ear. This helps prevent future ear infections and the amount of fluid there.

With the proper consultation, your child’s ear infections in Ventura County, California can be successfully treated. To schedule an appointment at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat, call 805-379-9646 today.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 30, 2017
Tags: Sinuplasty  

Finally, experience sweet relief from your chronic sinusitis symptoms with this non-surgical procedure.

While most people will deal with a short bout of sinusitis (a sinus infection), most people will experience relief after a few weeks; unfortunately, there are some people out there that develop sinusitis and never experience a reprieve. They suffer for weeks and weeks on end. No over-the-counter remedies seem to alleviate it. If this sounds like you, then it might be time to talk to one of our Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists about balloon sinuplasty.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This procedure uses a small catheter with a deflated balloon at its end. The instrument is slowly guided into the nasal cavity and the balloon is inflated. By inflating the balloon, our Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors can open up the inflamed and blocked walls to allow the nasal cavities to properly drain. Our ENT doctors will also flush out the area to remove mucus and other debris that’s been built up. Once this has happened, the catheter can be removed.

What makes it a good option for someone dealing with chronic sinusitis?

There are so many benefits to getting balloon sinuplasty. For one, this procedure doesn’t require any incisions or cutting of bone or tissue. This means a significantly shorter and easier recovery period. Plus, this can easily be done right here in our office without the need for general anesthesia. This treatment is easy and can be performed in about an hour to an hour and a half.

Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

If you are someone who has been dealing with facial pressure, nasal congestion and discharge, or sinus headaches for over 12 weeks or more and haven’t found relief from over-the-counter or prescription medications and treatment then it’s time to talk to us about whether this minimally invasive procedure may finally rid you of your pesky long-term symptoms.

What is the recovery period like?

Since this procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any incisions or cutting, you can leave the office right after your procedure and will be able to return to your normal routine within a couple of days.

Do I only need to get balloon sinuplasty once?

The majority of patients experience the relief they’ve been looking for with balloon sinuplasty. In most cases, just one treatment session is all you need to keep nasal passages open.

The doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks, CA, are here to answer all of your questions or to help you decide whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you. Book your consultation with us today!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 23, 2017
Tags: Thyroid  

What Your ENT specialists in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks want you to know

You may know someone who has had thyroid surgery, or you may be wondering if you need treatment for your thyroid. There are a few definite indications you may need thyroid surgery. Your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery want you to know the facts about surgery on your thyroid. They have offices in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks, CA, to serve your needs.

According to the American Thyroid Association, thyroid surgery may be recommended if you have:

  • A nodule which causes an increase in thyroid hormone production
  • A nodule that compresses your trachea, causing swallowing difficulty
  • A nodule which might be cancerous
  • A diagnosis of thyroid cancer

Your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery are the experts who can discuss whether thyroid surgery is appropriate for you and what you can expect from treatment. They may be able to recommend non-surgical options depending on your diagnosis.

The first step to finding out if you need thyroid surgery is to visit your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery. They will perform a comprehensive medical examination including imaging, and blood tests.

You may have thyroid cancer and not know it, because the disease often starts with little or no recognizable symptoms. As the cancer advances, you may begin to experience symptoms. Some signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer include:

  • Throat or neck pain
  • Problems swallowing
  • Hoarseness and other changes in your voice
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck which can be felt through your skin

Women have a higher incidence of thyroid cancer. Your risk is also increased if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or have had high levels of radiation exposure.

If you think you might need thyroid surgery, it’s time to visit the experts by calling your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery with offices Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks, CA. Call today and protect your health!


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