Posts for: February, 2020

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 19, 2020
Category: Allergies

Struggling with allergies? Here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Oxnard, CA, our physicians are committed to helping patients alleviate symptoms that are negatively altering precisely those body parts—the ears, nose, and throat. Read on to learn how we can help treat your allergy symptoms.

What is an Allergy?

Your immune system is the body's defense system against germs. When it becomes weak, it creates an overactive response to foreign substances that may not bother most people. Allergies can come in many different forms, and approximately affect 50 million Americans. Fortunately, the physicians here at our Oxnard office can order diagnostic testing to pinpoint what's causing your allergies and then develop a treatment plan best suitable for your specific symptoms.

What's Causing My Allergies?

While some patients may understand what poses a severe threat to their skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system, others might be clueless because the symptoms emerged out of nowhere. Possible hypersensitivities include:

  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Types of foods - peanuts, shellfish, dairy
  • Medications - antibiotics, penicillin

How to Ease Your Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms result in sinus congestion, itchy/watery eyes, asthma, ear infections, and other irritations. Stomach and intestinal problems can also occur, such as skin rashes, frequent headaches, and fatigue. The type of treatment our physician recommends will depend on specific indicators, as well as your concerns. We may suggest prescription-strength nasal spray to relieve pressure in the sinuses, topical lotions to alleviate inflamed skin, or shots to reduce allergy attacks.

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

An allergy can develop and disappear at any age. When one or more overstays its welcome, the physicians here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat can discuss treatment options that may include medicines, injections, and avoiding the allergens that cause you discomfort. For more information about the conditions we treat and the services we provide, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at our Oxnard office, please call (805) 983-0395.

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

Hearing loss can be frustrating. Fortunately, here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Simi Valley, CA, our audiologists offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and advanced diagnostic testing to get to the root of the problem and enhance your quality of hearing. Read on to learn how we can help

Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

One can lose their hearing at any age, from infancy to adulthood. However, it's not always the result of an underlying condition. If you have difficulty understanding words, especially in large crowds, or frequently raise the volume on the television or radio, it may be the result of earwax accumulation, a foreign object in the canal, or excessively loud noise. Other signs of hearing loss include:

  • Asking others to speak slowly
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Deep earache, or pain in the ear canal
  • Feeling pressure inside the ear
  • Trouble hearing consonants

If you regularly experience one or more of the above, you should visit our Simi Valley, CA, office for an evaluation.

Hearing Loss Treatment Options

Because there are different levels of hearing loss, the recommended treatment option will depend on several factors. Some include removing the wax blockage or a minor surgical procedure, but most often, we will recommend the use of hearing aids. These listening devices come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, ranging from behind-the-ear, in-the-canal, or a receiver-in-the-ear. During a consultation, we can further delve into which of these options would be best for your situation.

Need Care? Give Us a Call

If you've become hard of hearing and are looking for help, consult with one of the audiologists here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Simi Valley, CA, to discuss which treatment option is best suitable to meet your specific needs and preferences. To schedule an appointment, please call (805) 527-7320.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 19, 2020
Category: Allergies
Tags: Ears   nose   Throat  

Your allergies cause a variety of seasonal symptoms. But, did you know that your allergies may affect the health of your ears, nose and throat? At West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgery in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks, CA, allergy problems are our business. Our seven board-certified otolaryngologists not only diagnose and treat allergies, but they also help patients manage the conditions allergies influence.

What are allergies?

At West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgery, our doctors see numerous patients who suffer from allergies. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that 50 million people have known allergies, and 25 million have asthma. Some of these asthma symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath, as examples) may be closely linked to allergies.

Allergies are the body's hypersensitive reaction to ordinary environmental substances. These substances are known as allergens or allergic triggers. The most common are:

  • Plant mold and pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Some foods such as milk, wheat, shellfish and peanuts
  • Medications such as penicillin
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Dust mites
  • Insect bites and stings

The American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology reports that allergic symptoms appear in the patient's ears, nose, throat, the roof of the mouth, skin and more. GI symptoms may include acid reflux, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Skin allergies include rashes, itching and hives. Upper respiratory symptoms are sneezing, watery eyes, itching on the roof of the mouth and more.

Sustained effects of allergies

While immediate symptoms of untreated allergies may subside or be relieved with antihistamines and other medications, long-term effects are more difficult to deal with. Many allergic people experience something called anaphylactic shock. This life-threatening condition happens when the a person contacts an allergen he or she is especially allergic to. Insect venom is a common example. Symptoms of a severe reaction include:

  • Widespread, intensely itchy hives
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling of the tongue and constriction of the throat
  • Shock
  • Fainting
  • Anxiety
  • Racing or slowed heart rate

Besides this dangerous condition, people with untreated allergies may have:

  • Numerous ear infections (especially children)
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Meniere's disease (vertigo and progressive loss of hearing)
  • Headaches
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Repeated sore throats
  • Sinusitis

Getting help

Get real help from the professionals at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgery. Our otolaryngologists perform skin prick, challenge and blood tests to determine what substances trigger your symptoms and offer lifestyle changes and medications that provide real relief for the long term. Call us for a consultation. We have four locations for your convenience. In Oxnard, CA, phone (805) 983-0395. In Simi Valley, call (895) 527-7320. For the Thousand Oaks office, call (805) 379-9646. At our Camarillo location, reach us at (805) 484-5929.

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.


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