Find out the common causes of both an acute and chronic sore throat.
Whether you just woke up with a sore throat or you’ve been dealing with one for months now, it’s important to understand the many reasons sore throats happen and when you should turn to one of our otolaryngologists Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, for answers.
What causes an acute sore throat?
There are many reasons why a sore throat may show up; however, viral and bacterial infections are often the most common culprits. Viral infections that could cause a sore throat include the common cold, the flu, mononucleosis and measles, to name a few. There are quite a few bacterial infections that can also cause a sore throat.
However, infections aren’t always the reasons a sore throat emerges. There are several other conditions and factors that can contribute to this symptom including:
- Dry air
- Pollutants and chemicals
- Spicy foods
What causes a chronic or a persistent sore throat?
If your sore throat lasts more than a week or if you experience sore throats regularly then it’s time to consider what might be causing this issue. It could be the air quality, dry indoor air, allergies, infected tonsils, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), long-term tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, or cancer (rare). There are many factors at play here and you will want to turn to an ENT specialist to help you pinpoint the cause.
When should I see a doctor?
If your sore throat lasts longer than a week then it’s time to turn to one of our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors. In most cases, an acute sore throat will just go away over time; however, you should give us a call if your sore throat is also accompanied by a fever that’s lasted more than a day, if your sore throat is so severe that you have difficulty swallowing or breathing, or if your sore throat is accompanied by a red rash.
If you are dealing with a severe or nagging sore throat, it’s important that you are able to pinpoint the cause so that you can finally get the relief you deserve. The ENT experts at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL also serving the Hollywood area, are ready to help. Call our office today.
Learn about allergies from your Pembroke Pines ENT.
Allergies got you down? An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to common substances. AN ENT doctor can help you get rid of your allergies. ENT doctors specialize in conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, offer treatments for allergies. Here's a rundown of the most common types of allergies.
1. Drug Allergy
If you an allergic reaction after taking a certain medication, you may have a drug allergy. In many cases, the allergic reaction is mild. Severe cases can lead to shock and may be life-threatening. A serious, widespread allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. It may affect airways, skin, and organs. It happens quickly after taking a medication, often within seconds or minutes. Individuals with drug allergies may experience symptoms regardless of whether their medication comes in pill, liquid, or injectable form.
2. Food Allergy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies affect about 4 to 6 percent of kids and 4 percent of adults. Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs after eating a certain food. Symptoms of a reaction can include wheezing, hives, digestive problems, dizziness, or swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat. Severe reactions can be life-threatening.
3. Pollen Allergy
Over 25 million Americans are allergic to pollen, which are the tiny spores that plants release. The spread of pollen helps to fertilize plants — and can mean misery for allergy sufferers. The symptoms of a pollen allergy may include red, itchy, and watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy throat, wheezing, sneezing, or coughing.
4. Skin Allergy
A skin allergy occurs when your skin touches something that your immune system believes is dangerous -- even though it isn't. Causes can include contact with poison ivy, perfume, latex, dyes, topical medications, detergent, cosmetics, and some metals. In someone with a skin allergy, the skin may turn dry, rough and scaly. It may develop a reddish color, swell into hives, or even ooze and crack as a result of irritation.
5. Dust Allergy
Dust allergies affect about 20 million Americans. Their symptoms often worsen during or after dusting, sweeping, or vacuuming. The symptoms of a dust allergy may include watery eyes, coughing, nasal congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. Go to an emergency room if shortness of breath rapidly worsens or if you're short of breath with minimal activity.
6. Insect Allergy
Fire ants, bees, wasps, and yellow-jackets are the most common stinging insects that can cause an allergic reaction. Most people stung by these insects recover within hours or days. In others, it can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction. Flies, fleas, mosquitoes, and bedbugs are common biting insects known to cause a reaction. Most people bitten by insects experience pain, itching, redness, stinging and swelling in the area around the bite. In rare cases, insect bites can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.
7. Pet Allergy
Do pet allergies have you sneezing and wheezing-- again? Pet allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to proteins in an animal's skin cells, saliva, or urine. Pet allergies can run in families and occur more often in people with asthma. The symptoms of a pet allergy may include nasal congestion, watery eyes, itchy throat, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Allergies can interfere with your day-to-day activities and lessen the quality of your life. Get relief today with Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL also serving the Hollywood area. Call 954-438-7171 now to schedule an appointment. We want you to live your best life!
If you are experiencing difficulty hearing, a hearing aid could help. Many types of hearing aids are available. Some hearing aids fit over the ear, while others are placed inside the ear. There are even invisible hearing aids, which are completely inconspicuous. Whatever your situation, there is a hearing aid to suit your needs and your lifestyle. In the Hollywood, FL, area, hearing aids are available at the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy. There, Dr. Craig Shapiro or Dr. Sina Joorabchi will guide you in selecting the right hearing aid for your needs.
Hearing Aids & Accessories
A variety of hearing aids and accessories are available to help you hear better. The main types of hearing aids are general and invisible. Both types will improve your hearing. The type you choose will depend on your preference. General hearing aids either rest behind the ear or are positioned just inside the opening of the ear canal. These types of hearing aids are generally visible to others. Invisible hearing aids are placed further inside the ear canal where they are not readily noticeable to others.
In addition to the different types of hearing aids, a variety of accessories are available to meet your lifestyle needs. In Broward County, hearing aids and accessories are available through the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy. Some types of hearing aid accessories include:
- Cell phone streamers
- Phone adaptors
- Remote controls
- Mini microphones
- Ear plugs
- Swim molds
- Wireless accessories
Hearing aids can help you regain your hearing. Whether you prefer a style that is discreet, fits inside the ear or rests behind it, there is a hearing aid to suit your lifestyle and your needs. Various hearing aid accessories are also available to enhance your hearing aid’s benefits. For hearing aids, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Joorabchi by calling the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, Florida and serving the Hollywood area at (954) 438-7171.
What your ENT specialists located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, and serving the Hollywood area want you to know
If you suffer from chronic sinus problems, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC, over 12% of people in the United States have been diagnosed with sinusitis. If you are one of them, it’s time to get some permanent relief. The answer is balloon sinuplasty!
Your ear, nose and throat specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy want to share what balloon sinuplasty can do for you. They proudly serve the residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, also serving Broward County, and they can help you too!
There are many over-the-counter sinus products. The only problem is they treat the symptoms temporarily, giving you only a few days of relief. Balloon sinuplasty offers long term relief. Balloon sinuplasty is the state-of-the-art procedure used to treat:
- Chronic, recurrent sinus and nasal issues
- Chronic sinus infections that don’t resolve
- Head pain around and behind your eyes
- Problems breathing through your nose
When you are considering balloon sinuplasty, think about these important advantages:
- Treatment is minimally invasive with no incisions, sutures or scarring
- There is less pain when compared to conventional sinus surgery
- There is less risk of infection because there are no cuts to soft tissue
- There is little to no downtime because there is only minimal bruising and swelling
When you elect to have balloon sinuplasty, it will be performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia. An ultra-thin wire catheter with a small balloon on the end is inserted into your nostril. When it finds the blocked airway, the balloon is inflated. As the balloon inflates, your sinus passage opens gently, allowing you to breathe fully and completely. Once full breathing is restored, the balloon is deflated and the wire catheter is taken out.
Balloon sinuplasty is the answer to eliminating sinus headaches, clearing up sinusitis, and restoring your ability to breathe. If you suffer from sinus problems, it’s time for some permanent relief. You can get that relief by calling your ear, nose and throat specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy serving residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, also serving the Hollywood area. Call today and breathe easier tomorrow!
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.
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