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By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
January 02, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

Allergies are more common than you might realize, with more than 50 million Americans dealing with a variety of different allergies each year. So, how do you know that your symptoms are due to allergies? Our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Girl with AllergiesSina Joorabchi, can provide you with the diagnosis and treatment plan you need to get your allergy symptoms under control.

Common Allergy Symptoms

The symptoms you experience can often inform our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists as to what you are allergic to. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include,

  • Stuffed up or runny nose
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Rash or hives
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Swollen lips, tongue, or face

For example, you may develop nausea or diarrhea after eating a food to which you are allergic, while those who are allergic to pollen may develop watery eyes or a runny nose. Your symptoms will vary depending on what you are allergic to and how severe the allergy is.

In rare situations, an allergic reaction may be so severe that it can lead to anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening. This usually occurs within a few minutes of exposure and symptoms of anaphylaxis include,

  • Swelling of the mouth or throat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Blue lips
  • Losing consciousness

It is important that you seek medical attention right away if you or a family member develops symptoms of anaphylaxis.

Treating Your Allergies

If you are dealing with symptoms of an allergy, it’s important to turn to our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologist as soon as possible. After all, untreated allergies can often get worse, so the sooner you get your symptoms under control the better. Your allergy treatment plan will involve a variety of medications and lifestyle modifications.

Common medications include antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays, and decongestants. The medications prescribed will differ depending on what symptoms you are experiencing. Lifestyle modifications may include using an air filter, vacuuming regularly, bathing your pet weekly, and using special bedding.

If you are fighting with your allergy symptoms and can’t seem to get them under control, it might be time to turn to the allergy and asthma specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL. Call our office today at (954) 438-7171 to learn more.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
October 23, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergy Treatment  

Let’s Figure out the Best Approaching for Getting Your Allergies Under Control.

Anyone who suffers from allergies understands discomfort. No matter whether you are dealing with allergies to certain foods, molds, dust, or pet dander, our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, are here to help you find the relief you need.

While the best way to reduce allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergen altogether, we also understand that this is easier for certain allergies than others. For example, it’s often easy just to not eat foods you are allergic to but it isn’t always possible to stay indoors during days when pollen counts are high. We know it isn’t always possible to avoid allergies, which is when you need a comprehensive allergy treatment plan that you can follow. This is where our Pembroke Pines, FL, doctor can help.

Treating Allergies

The type of medication or medications that will work best for you will depend on several factors including your current health status and the type and severity of your symptoms. Common allergy medications include:

  • Nasal Sprays: Includes steroid and antihistamine sprays to reduce nasal congestion or postnasal drip.
  • Oral Medications: Includes antihistamines, decongestants, and steroids, which all focus on treating different symptoms. Antihistamines reduce or even block histamine’s effect on the body, decongestants help reduce nasal congestion, and steroids reduce inflammation.
  • Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots): Allergy shots are used to help your body build up immunity to the offending allergen. To do this, the shots that we administer expose you to the allergen in controlled doses over years. This can be a great option for someone who experiences severe allergies or allergy symptoms that don’t respond to other allergy treatments.

When to See a Doctor

If your allergies are bad enough that they are affecting your daily life, it’s time to turn to an allergy specialist who can help. After all, you may find that most over-the-counter medications or even lifestyle modifications aren’t enough to get your symptoms under control. Luckily, we can work with your and your symptoms to find the right treatment to meet your needs. Turn to the allergy experts at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas, by calling (954) 438-7171 today!

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
September 21, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Dizziness   Migraine   Dehydration  

Dizziness is a feeling of light-headedness and imbalance. Some patients report that it feels like their heads are “swimming” while others say they feel disoriented. It may be accompanied by nausea, headache, and fever. If you're experiencing similar symptoms, find out whatDizzy Man may be causing your dizziness and get a final word from a doctor at South Florida ENT in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas. 

Possible Causes of Dizziness
A feeling of dizziness is most often caused by a problem with the ears, because they are a part of the system that helps you maintain your balance and focus. The occasional dizzy spell may be harmless, but when it happens over and over, especially in a short period of time, it may be a symptom of a more concerning condition. These are some possible reasons why you may be feeling dizzy:

- BPPV (a type of vertigo caused by small calcium deposits in the ear).
- Inner ear inflammation.
- Acoustic neuroma (a growth in the inner ear).
- Meniere's disease (causes extended dizzy spells).
- Dehydration (lack of sufficient fluids in the body).
- After effects of a head injury.
- Migraines (intense headaches; ringing in the ears).

When You Should See a Doctor
A doctor at South Florida ENT in Pembroke Pines, FL can help diagnose the cause of your dizziness. If you feel dizzy for more than a few moments or you suddenly faint, seek help as soon as possible. Feeling like the room is spinning around you is a sign of a potentially urgent issue. Other additional symptoms to look for include vomiting, fever, vision issues, speech problems, and numbness. If the dizzy spells are interfering with your ability to work, study, or participate in other normal daily activities, that should prompt you to visit an ENT as soon as possible.

Treating Dizziness
The treatment for dizziness will depend on the cause. In some cases, the recommendation will be bed rest while in other cases your Pembroke Pines, FL doctor will need to start you on a course of medication. If it's an ear infection, antibiotic treatment may be the solution. Though Meniere's Disease doesn't have a cure, symptoms can be managed with behavioral modifications and medication. A therapy to move calcium crystals into a better position may help patients with BPPV. Surgery may be required in some cases.

Schedule an Exam
If you're frequently feeling dizzy, this isn't a symptom that you should ignore. Talk to a doctor at South Florida ENT in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas to discuss possible causes. Call (954) 438-7171 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Craig Shapiro or Dr. Sina Joorabchi.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
August 02, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Issues  

Don’t let sinus problems affect your daily routine. Let us help you find the relief you want.sinus issues

If you feel like your life seems to stop the moment sinus issues kick in then our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi are here to the rescue. We know that everything from allergies to sinus infections to certain disorders can make it difficult to breathe easier. We want to help you change that.

Common causes of sinus blockages, pain and pressure include:

  • A deviated septum (when the wall that separates the two nostrils is crooked, which can affect breathing)
  • Respiratory infections
  • Allergies (e.g. hay fever)
  • Sinus infections (sinusitis)
  • Nasal polyps

While a sinus infection or respiratory infection will usually go away on its own without treatment there are times when you will want to turn to our ENT specialist in Pembroke Pines, FL, for care. If you are dealing with nasal discharge, facial pain and pressure, a nasal blockage or sinus congestion that isn’t responding to at-home care, that lasts more than one week or keeps returning then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.

Many people can handle mild allergy symptoms with over-the-counter medications; however, if your symptoms are severe or persistent we can recommend stronger medications, nasal sprays and even eye drops to help tame your allergy symptoms, whether you are dealing with nasal congestion, itchy eyes or blocked sinuses.

Conditions like a deviated septum or nasal polyps won’t go away on their own. If polyps become too large or cause serious symptoms, or if the deviated septum is affecting your breathing then the only option may be minor surgery to correct the deformity or to remove the polyps. Of course, it’s important to understand that polyps may return over time even after surgery.

Breathe a big sigh of relief when you turn to the ENT and sinus specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL. We are proud to provide comprehensive ENT services to the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas. Call our office today to book your next appointment.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
May 22, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

Don’t let allergies ruin your day. Find out how to get them under control.

While some of us welcome spring with open arms, others welcome spring with red, itchy eyes, sneezing, and nasal congestion. If the latterallergies sounds like you then you may be dealing with seasonal allergies. Our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists serving Broward County and the Hollywood area, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, are here to tell you how allergies can affect your ENT health and what we can do to help.

When it comes to seasonal allergies the two most common types are grass and pollen. You may notice that your symptoms flare up when going outside, particularly on days where grass and pollen counts are high.

Whenever grass or pollen comes into contact with your ears, nose, throat, or eyes it causes a histamine reaction within your body. As a result, you’ll end up dealing with a slew of unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms, including:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • Pressure in the ears
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus or vertigo (in some cases)

Those who battle severe allergy symptoms may also experience fatigue on a regular basis. Of course, if you are an allergy sufferer the first thing you want to do is attack your seasonal allergy symptoms head on. Our Pembroke Pines ENT doctor can help you choose the treatment or treatment options that will best manage your symptoms and reduce allergy flare-ups.

Of course, there are some people who may be able to combat minor symptoms through over-the-counter medications like nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines. This, along with certain lifestyle modifications such as using a HEPA filter in your home and keeping the windows closed during high pollen and grass counts, may be all you need to experience ample relief; however, if symptoms are severe or aren’t responding to the medications you are using we can prescribe a stronger allergy medications based on your symptoms.

Broward Center for Ear, Nose & Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, and serving the Hollywood area, is ready to help you battle and win your fight against allergies. Call our office and let us know that you are looking for the right allergy treatment to manage your symptoms.

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