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By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
May 14, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Issues  

We can help get your sinus issues under control!

Have persistent sinus infections, trouble sleeping, and facial pressure become the norm, with over-the-counter treatment options failing tosinusitis provide you with the relief that you need? If so, it may be time to turn to our Pembroke Pine, FL, otolaryngologists, Drs. Craig Shapiro and Sina Joorabchi, for more aggressive and effective treatment options!

Currently, there are 30.8 million Americans who have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Unfortunately, the issue here is understanding why something as simple as an acute sinus infection can somehow lead to persistent and chronic problems. Luckily, while researchers are still figuring out why chronic sinusitis occurs, our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors can still help treat nasal blockages, swelling, and other symptoms!

 

What is sinusitis and when does this infection become chronic?

Sinusitis or a sinus infection leads to inflammation within the nasal passageways, often as the result of fungus or bacteria. Those with sinus infections often deal with nasal pressure/pain, loss of smell, stuffed noses, and difficulty breathing. An acute sinus infection usually occurs after a cold or series of allergies.

However, sinusitis becomes chronic when simple at-home care and treatment aren’t helping and you’ve been dealing with persistent symptoms for over three months.

 

How can an otolaryngologist help me?

Since chronic sinusitis is the result of inflammation rather than an infection, the goal of treatment is to get your inflammation under control. This can be done in one of several ways, with the first course of action usually being medication such as nasal steroid sprays. Sometimes there are other issues present such as asthma or allergies that our doctor will need to treat as well, for these issues could be making your inflammation worse.

If medication is unable to get your chronic sinusitis under control, then it might be time to talk to a doctor about getting surgery. Of course, sinus surgery has advanced a lot over the years and we can now offer a simple balloon sinuplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require an incision or the removal of bone or tissue.

Instead, a catheter with a deflated balloon at the end is guided into the blocked nasal passage where the balloon is then inflated. As the balloon is inflated it will open up the blockage, allowing mucus and bacteria to properly drain. Even once the catheter is removed, the sinus cavity will remain open.

 

Need relief? Give us a call!

Located in Pembroke Pines and serving the Broward County and the Hollywood areas, the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy is dedicated to helping you better manage your sinus problems! If you are dealing with chronic or recurring sinusitis, then call us today at (954) 438-7171 to learn more about what we can do to help!

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
March 18, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

Are you dealing with allergies? If so, you probably have some questions.

Sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes—these are just some of the classic symptoms of allergies. While some of us may periodically allergydeal with unpleasant bouts of allergies, there are some people who battle allergies all of the time. Learn more about allergies and how to treat them by reading below, and if you are interested in personal treatment, call your Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi.

 

What is an allergy?

Our immune system is designed to be able to spot foreign invaders such as bacteria or viruses and destroy them; however, our immune system can react to an otherwise harmless substance by producing the necessary antibodies to destroy the substance. This is called an allergic reaction, and symptoms can range from minor to life-threatening.

 

What are the most common types of allergies?

While people can develop allergies to just about any substance in our environment, there are certain ones that are more common. These include,

  • Dust and dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Chemicals
  • Foods
  • Medications
  • Latex
  • Insect stings or bites

 

What are the common allergy symptoms?

Symptoms may manifest anywhere in the body but they usually appear in the eyes, throat, nose, stomach, and respiratory system. The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of allergy. For example, food allergies often cause gastrointestinal issues while pollen often affects the ears, throat, and nose.

 

Who develops allergies?

Anyone can develop allergies, although it’s more common for them to develop in children. However, it is still possible for allergies to show up later in life even after being in remission for many years.

 

What types of foods can cause allergies?

These eight foods make up about 90 percent of food-related allergic reactions,

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

 

What is the best way to test for allergies?

When you visit our Pembroke Pines office for an evaluation, we will go through your medical history and discuss your symptoms. We will also perform a physical examination. Often times a skin prick test is used to determine what’s causing your allergies, although a blood test may also be performed.

 

What are some ways to treat allergies?

The treatment you receive will depend on the type and severity of your allergies. Sometimes, over-the-counter medications are all that’s needed for those with mild-to-moderate allergies, but those with more severe allergies may require a prescription medication. Common medications include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, and eye drops.

Those who deal with allergy symptoms more than three months at a time, as well as those who aren’t getting the relief they need from allergy medication and lifestyle modifications, may want to consider getting immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots).

Still wondering how to best manage your allergy symptoms? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The allergy specialists at our Pembroke Pines office are here to help. Call us today at (954) 438-7171.

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.





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