Posts for tag: sinus

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
October 24, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergy   sinus  

Is it an allergy or sinus trouble or both? For the most accurate therapies, consult West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery in Thousand Oaks. The team of seven otolaryngologists can differentiate between the conditions which cause your symptoms and get you the relief you deserve.

Which is it?

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy states that people who suffer with allergies, and the resulting overproduction of histamines, may also have sinus problems--repeat infections, structural problems, and continual inflammation. Additionally, one condition may be confused the other.

The doctors at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery can sort it all out. They perform complete ear, nose, throat examinations, note patient symptoms, do imaging, and endoscopic examination of the sinuses and often recommend allergy testing. With their findings, they formulate the right sinus and allergy therapies for their Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Simi Valley patients.

Allergy therapies

There are many therapies to help people deal with the sneezing, runny nose, itching and watery eyes characteristic of allergies. One of the most important is identification of triggers. What things does a person ingest, breathe in, touch or just live with which may precipitate the body's overproduction of histamine?

Common triggers are pet dander, mold, pollen, peanuts, shellfish, milk, and tobacco smoke. Carefully noting symptoms helps identify triggers, but allergy testing in the office renders more accurate results.

Other therapies can include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Allergy shots (minute amounts of allergens injected to desensitize the body's immune response)
  • Decongestants (oral or nasal sprays)

Sinus therapies

Sinus infections may be acute or chronic (repeated again and again) and feature symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, sneezing, headache, fatigue, and runny nose. Your ENT doctor may advise antihistamines and decongestants or something simple called nasal irrigation (saline water washed through the nose with a Neti pot).

With active infection, antibiotics may help, although physicians are wary of their overuse. While most sinus conditions do not require surgical intervention, some do. Examples are nasal polyps and deviated septum.

We can help

Please don't suffer with allergy and sinus symptoms. At West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery, we pinpoint the problem and get you on the path to wellness. Call (805) 379-9646 for our Thousand Oaks, CA, office, (805) 527-7320 for our Simi Valley, CA, office, (805) 983-0395 for our Oxnard, CA, office, or (805) 484-5929 for our Camarillo, CA, office.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 21, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Sinus Surgery   sinus   nose  

What your ENT specialist in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo and Simi Valley wants you to know

If you suffer from sinus issues, you are all too familiar with the pain, pressure and sinus headaches. It’s comforting to know you are not sinus surgeryalone. In fact, 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses.

If you’ve tried over-the-counter remedies with little or no relief, you may be wondering if there is a way to relieve your symptoms. Your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo and Simi Valley, CA want to help you decide if sinus surgery may be the right choice for you.

Sinus surgery is often indicated if you have:

  • Sinus or nasal polyps
  • Skeletal or structural abnormalities in your sinuses or nose
  • A sinus infection that has infected bone
  • Cancer in your sinuses
  • Chronic sinus inflammation

You may also need sinus surgery if you suffer from chronic sinusitis even after comprehensive medical treatment. Your ENT specialists in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo and Simi Valley can help you determine if sinus surgery can help you. If you do need sinus surgery, there are several state-of-the-art surgical procedures that can help, including:

Balloon sinuplasty, delivered in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia; your doctor will insert a thin catheter into your nostril. At the end of the catheter is a tiny balloon. When the blockage in your sinuses is reached, the balloon is inflated. The inflated balloon gently opens up the blockage, allowing you to breathe freely once again. The balloon is deflated and the catheter is removed.

Sinus surgery, used for severe cases of chronic sinusitis, cancer of the sinuses, and other conditions; during surgery an incision is made over the sinus, infected tissue is taken out, and your sinus is rebuilt.

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If you are suffering from chronic sinus problems, don't suffer alone. Seek out the services of an expert. Call your ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Camarillo, CA. Call today and start breathing better tomorrow!