Your body is a complex structure. Visual examination often cannot render enough information for your Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, ENT (also serving Hollywood) to make the right diagnosis and to plan treatment for your sinus, hearing, allergy or other ear, nose and throat problems. At the Broward Center for Ear, Nose Throat & Allergy, Drs. Shapiro and Joorabchi offer their patients superior diagnostic techniques that are precise and as minimally invasive as possible. The Mini CT Scan is one of them.
What is a CT scan?
CT stands for Computerized Axial Tomography. A CT scanner produces a multitude of cross-sectional images of a particular part of the body such as the brain, sinuses, liver and other hard to visualize areas. Through assembling these digital images, or slices, into one composite picture, your Pembroke Pines and Hollywood ENT sees these hidden areas in three dimensions. Also, the images highlight structures, such as large blood vessels, that conventional X-rays do not show.
CT Scans are quick and painless. Plus, they avoid more invasive procedures such as exploratory surgeries. However, CT Scans do have the disadvantage of exposing patients to varying levels of radiation. This fact particularly concerns physicians when their patients are children or pregnant women.
How does a mini CT scan work?
To further simplify the CT Scan procedure and to reduce radiation exposure, Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Joorabchi offer innovative Mini CT Scans. Manufactured by Xoran Technologies, the Mini CT apparatus has an open design which patients like and a quick scanning time of 10 to 20 seconds. It uses only 1/20 of radiation of conventional machines, and the results are immediate.
Faster scan results mean:
- Quicker diagnosis
- No waiting for results
- Immediate treatment when needed
Many ENT physicians use Mini CT Scans to guide them during surgeries such as balloon rhinoplasty, an in-office surgery which opens blocked and inflamed sinus passages for people with chronic sinusitis.
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The professional team at Broward Center for Ear, Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, take great pride in providing the most up to date ENT techniques along with compassionate, patient-centered care. New technology such as the Mini CT Scan is just one of a wide variety of services this experienced practice offers you for the relief of sinus disease, allergies, headaches and more. For more information, call the office at (954) 438-7171.
Wondering if your cold is actually an allergy? An allergy involves an overreaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances such as foods or pollen. Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi of Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy, which is located in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, provide treatments for people with allergies. Here are some general tips to help distinguish an allergy.
Check your symptoms.
If you're not sure if you have a cold or an allergy, inventory your symptoms. If the list encompasses a low-grade fever, yellow-colored or greenish mucus, coughing, or muscle and joint pain, then it's more likely a cold. But if you've got red, watery, or itchy eyes; clear nasal discharge; sneezing; or your throat or ears feel scratchy -- then you're probably dealing with an allergy.
Timing is everything.
The duration and time of year your symptoms occur can be strong clues to identifying their root cause. If your symptoms have lasted for a few weeks or a few months, you are probably dealing with an allergy. If your symptoms get worse in the fall or spring when pollen counts are higher, then it's more likely to be an allergy. However, if you have symptoms all the time, then you may have a year-round allergy, which is commonly due to indoor allergens.
Visit with your doctor.
If allergy symptoms continue to bother you and at-home treatments fail to work, or if you're still unable to tell if you have an allergy, then it's time to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist for a full evaluation. Your Pembroke Pines, FL, doctors can conduct allergy tests and offer treatment that produces the best results.
So, what are you waiting for? Don't let allergies keep you from enjoying life. Take control of your allergy symptoms. Call Dr. Craig Shapiro & Dr. Sina Joorabchi in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Hollywood area at 954-438-7171 today to schedule an appointment. We will help provide the relief you need.
Find out what style of hearing aid might work best for your hearing needs.
No two people’s hearing loss is the same. This means that not all hearing aids will work the same way for everyone. This is why it’s so important to visit our Pembroke Pines, FL otolaryngologists serving the Hollywood, FL area, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, and our audiologist, Dr. Shonda Bailey (who will be happy to perform your hearing evaluation beforehand), to help you determine which hearing aid will best fit your goals, preferences and lifestyle.
There are so many different kinds of hearing aid styles out there including,
- Behind-the-ear and “mini” behind-the-ear (BTE)
- In-the-ear (ITE)
- In-the-canal (ITC)
- Completely-in-canal (CIC)
Since not all hearing aids are designed to work the same way, this is why it’s so important that you visit one of our Holleywood area ENT doctors to help you determine which hearing aid is the right one for you. There are two main types of electronics involved in hearing aids: analog and digital. While both can be used in a variety of different hearing aid styles, digital hearing aids often make it easier for our audiologist in Pembroke Pines to program and adjust the hearing aid to fit your specific needs and certain environments (e.g. noisy settings).
What type of hearing aid is right for me?
A lot will depend on the kind and severity of your hearing loss. If you are dealing with hearing loss in both ears, then you will most likely need two hearing aids to help you better understand those around you and to know the location of sounds.
One factor that a lot of patients consider when shopping for a hearing aid is the price. The kind of unique styles, features and preferences will affect the cost. Of course, price shouldn’t be the only determining factor, but there are some styles that will suit your needs better and make it easier to hear. They may be less expensive or they may be more, but how well you are able to hear with a specific style of hearing aid is really the most important.
Do you have questions about hearing aid styles? Ready to find out which one is right for you? Then call Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Hollywood, FL area, to learn more.
Looking for relief from your sore, aching throat? Find out what you can do to alleviate your discomfort.
A sore throat is a miserable feeling. Now your morning cup of Joe is replaced with a soothing, throat-coating tea. You may find it challenging to eat anything without the painful swallowing. Having a sore throat is no fun, but our Pembroke Pines, FL otolaryngologists, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, knows what to do to help relieve your sore throat. Discover the most common causes of a sore throat and how to treat it.
What causes a sore throat?
Usually when you get a sore throat it’s a warning sign of an impeding illness. When a sore throat presents along with symptoms of a cold then the cause is a virus, which will usually just go away once the body fights off the infection.
However, many people will also experience a sore throat due to a bacterial infection. This kind of infection is better known as strep throat and it will actually require medication from our Pembroke Pines ENT doctors.
Other causes of sore throats include dry air and allergies.
How to treat a sore throat?
If your sore throat is the result of a cold or flu then usually no medical intervention is necessary. If a sore throat is due to strep throat then we will prescribe you antibiotics to help kill the infection.
But there are ways for you to manage your symptoms from the comfort of your own home. We recommend drinking plenty of fluids and resting as much as possible. Avoid physical or strenuous activities and give your body time to heal properly. Opt for soothing warm soups and drinks, or enjoying a little ice cream may help to numb and ease throat discomfort (plus, who doesn’t like having an excuse to enjoy ice cream?).
Other sore throat relievers include:
- Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen
- Throat lozenges
- Avoiding smoking
- Using a humidier
- Gargling with salt water
- Trying some raw honey before bed
Sometimes your sore throat might warrant a trip to our Pembroke Pines, FL ear, nose and throat office. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and schedule your next appointment at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy.
For allergy sufferers, something as simple as going outside on a warm day, or out to dinner at a new restaurant can cause anything from moderate discomfort, to a full blown medical emergency. In addition to both over the counter and prescription medication for common allergies symptoms, understanding allergic triggers and how to avoid them can help people with allergies remain healthy and comfortable Not only during allergy season, but throughout the year.
Environmental and Food Allergy Testing and Treatment in Pembroke Pines, FL
Late winter to early/mid summer is prime time for common seasonal allergy triggers like pollen, mold, grass, and ragweed. Not sure if it's just a cold or seasonal allergies? If you find yourself enjoying the sweet, intoxicating smell of freshly cut grass one moment, only to become overcome with itchy, watery eyes, you may be allergic. Over the counter medications like Benadryl can ease mild and occasional bouts with seasonal allergies. For moderate to severe reactions, the otolaryngologists (head and neck surgeons) at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL help children and adults figure out what they are allergic to, and how to manage and treat the symptoms.
Although completely avoiding allergens is impossible, knowing what foods to avoid, and taking a few precautions to limit exposure to environmental irritants can help minimize the severity of an attack. During peak allergy season, weather forecasts usually include mold and pollen counts. Avoid the outdoors on high pollen count days, especially in the afternoon. Keep the windows closed, and shower and wash your hair and clothes thoroughly after being outside to limit exposure inside the home.
Find Treatment for Seasonal Allergies in Pembroke Pines, FL
For more information on relief and treatment options for pollen and seasonal allergies, contact an otolaryngologist at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy, in Pembroke Pines, by calling (954) 438-7171 to schedule an appointment today.
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