A dry, painful, scratchy, or irritating feeling in the throat can be unsettling during these times. But our Pembroke Pines, FL, patients must remember that not every sore throat is a cause for concern or the result of an underlying condition. If you're guilty of consuming spicy foods, talking too loud, or using tobacco products regularly, these are habits that can also aggravate throat muscles. When struggling with this common health complaint, Dr. Craig Shapiro & Dr. Sina Joorabchi recommend at-home remedies in-between your visit to Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy.
Home Treatment for a Sore Throat
Getting rid of a sore throat requires patience, and a little peppermint doesn't hurt. Throat pain doesn't make it easy to sleep, drink, or swallow, but there are ways to soothe the discomfort. Natural remedies that can accelerate the healing of a sore throat and boost the immune system in the process include:
- Eating garlic for its antibacterial properties
- Baking soda or warm saltwater gargle to kill bacteria
- Drinking hot chamomile tea for its anti-inflammatory benefits
You may also find relief from resting your voice, as well as avoiding irritants like cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and dry air. Please visit our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT center if your sore throat is paired with an earache, severe wet or dry cough, or sign of infection.
When to See a Doctor
Patients should seek medical care for a sore throat immediately when experiencing flu-like symptoms, have trouble breathing, or difficulty swallowing. If natural remedies don't work, and a sore throat lasts more than seven days, is accompanied by a fever, rash, or joint pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig Shapiro or Dr. Sina Joorabchi to discuss appropriate treatment options. For more information about the conditions we treat and services provided at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Pembroke Pines, FL, office, please call (954) 438-7171.
Allergic reactions could happen anywhere in your body. However, they typically occur in the eyes, nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, skin, and stomach lining. These are areas where certain immune system cells act as safeguards to fend off allergens that can be swallowed, inhaled, or touch the skin. The problem is, for some people, pinpointing their specific allergy triggers isn’t that easy.
Here at Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, we offer allergy testing to help identify your triggers so that our ENT doctors, Dr. Sina Joorabchi or Dr. Craig Shapiro, can help you craft an allergy management plan suited to your case.
Reasons to Consider Allergy Testing
If you’re constantly getting sick with nasal or head congestion and/or a cough, you should definitely consider getting tested for potential allergies. In general, you should get tested if one or more of the following applies to you:
- You have hay fever or some other allergy symptom a couple of months in a year.
- You’re experiencing breathing issues, nasal congestion, or chronic sinus infections.
- OTC medications and antihistamines fail to properly control your condition or cause drowsiness and other adverse effects.
- Your condition is interfering with your daily life and is reducing your quality of life.
- You’re experiencing symptoms of severe asthma, including:
- Coughing or wheezing at night or following physical activity
- Struggling to catch a breath
- You frequently experience chest tightness and shortness of breath
- You have asthma and experience regular episodes even if you’re taking your asthma medicines
Visiting Your ENT Doctor
When you visit your ENT doctor in Pembroke Pines, FL, for a consultation, here’s what you can expect during your appointment:
- Prevention Education. Avoiding your allergy triggers is the best way to treat and manage your allergies.
- Allergy Testing. Your doctor will conduct tests to identify what triggers your allergies.
- Medication Prescriptions. Aside from the usual allergy medications used for controlling allergy symptoms, your doctor might recommend immunotherapy that can be administered through sublingual tablets or allergy shots
Effectively managing and controlling your allergies will require patience, skill, and planning. With help from your ENT doctor, you can create an allergy management plan that will help you live your life free from allergy symptoms.
For More Information or Questions About Allergy Testing, Call Us
Arrange an evaluation with your ENT doctor here at Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, Dr. Sina Joorabchi or Dr. Craig Shapiro, by dialing (954) 438-7171. We also serve Broward County and the Hollywood area.
Whether you are dealing with seasonal allergies, infections, or other chronic conditions, board-certified doctors Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi can help you with a solution. Find us at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, serving Broward County and the Hollywood area.
How To Know If You Need An Appointment
You may need to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Constant sneezing, pressure in your forehead, and other symptoms are impeding on the quality of your life.
- You have chronic sinusitis that has not responded to prior treatment.
- Although you have been able to manage your asthma, your symptoms seem to be more severe and more resistant to the maintenance medication you are already taking.
- Your hearing has become muffled or completely gone.
- A lump has formed in your throat and will not go away, or has formed and makes it difficult to talk, swallow and move your neck.
- Painful, recurring ear infections. You may experience a ringing in your ears, as well.
- You have a sore throat, and you do not know why.
- You experience vertigo or dizziness as a result of having fluid in your ears, and the fluid will not dry up.
- Nasal congestion or postnasal drip does not respond to over-the-counter medication or other techniques that you have used at home.
- Unexplained voice loss for longer than a week. Sometimes allergies can interfere with proper vocal cord functioning, but if the loss is persistent, you should see a doctor.
If any of these apply to you, don’t hesitate to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor at the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy. Contact us at (954) 438-7171 to set up an appointment with Dr. Joorabchi or Dr. Shapiro today.
Sinusitis results in inflammation of the sinuses. When this happens, drainage of mucus will be restricted, causing buildup of mucus in the sinuses. The common cold is the top culprit of acute sinusitis and unless it progresses into a bacterial infection, most cases resolve themselves in a week or two with home cures.
However, if your sinus problems persist longer than 12 weeks even with medical treatment, you should consult with your ENT doctor here at Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, Dr. Sina Joorabchi or Dr. Craig Shapiro, for more progressive treatments.
Basic Sinusitis Treatments
The majority of sinusitis cases get better without medical treatment, and oftentimes, home care techniques are all that’s need for symptom relief. These include:
- Sufficient Rest. This will aid in speeding up recovery and make your body more efficient at fighting off infection.
- Moistening the Sinus Cavities. Breathe in the moist, warm air while taking a hot shower. You can likewise drape a clean cloth over your head while breathing in vapor from a container with hot water. Both will help loosen the mucus buildup and alleviate sinus pain.
- Clear Out Your Nasal Passages. You can use a neti pot or a specially made squeeze bottle for rinsing to clear mucus buildup in your sinuses.
Depending on your specific symptoms, your doctor might likewise recommend the following treatment to ease your symptoms:
- Saline nasal sprays
- Nasal corticosteroids to treat and prevent further inflammation
- OTC Painkillers
- These come in OTC types, tablets, capsules, nasal sprays, and prescription liquids. Use as recommended since rebound congestion or more severe congestion might occur.
- These are usually recommended for treating persistent, progressive, and very severe symptoms. Make sure to finish the whole course of antibiotics even when you feel better since stopping the treatment too soon could result in the recurrence of your symptoms.
- If your sinus issues are caused by allergies, your ENT doctor in Pembroke Pines, FL, may also suggest immunotherapy or allergy shots to help decrease your body’s reaction to particular allergy triggers or allergens.
Visit your ENT doctor or get urgent help if you notice the following symptoms:
- High fever
- Pain, redness, or swelling around the eyes
- Stiff neck
- Vision changes such as seeing double
Preventing Sinus Problems
To help lower the chances of developing acute sinusitis, use a humidifier at home, avoid respiratory infections, pollution, and cigarette smoke, and make sure that your allergies are always under control.
If You Are Concerned or Have Questions About Your Sinus Symptoms, Call Us
Dial (954) 438-7171 to arrange an appointment with one of our ENT doctors, Dr. Sina Joorabchi or Dr. Craig Shapiro, here at Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL.
Spring is here! Are your allergies?
As if we didn’t have enough to deal with, spring is now approaching and those patients with seasonal allergies are finding themselves coughing, sneezing, and dealing with those notoriously itchy, watery eyes. Don’t worry—our Pembroke, Pines, FL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, can help you get your allergy symptoms under control.
Limit Allergen Exposure
There are ways to reduce your exposure to certain allergies. This means keeping track of the pollen counts before going outside. On high pollen days, it’s best to stay inside with the windows closed. If you need to be outdoors, make sure to remove your clothes immediately after coming inside and place them in the laundry.
Have other members of your family tackle the lawn mowing and outdoor activities around the house, or you can hire a professional to do these chores for you during the spring months. Also, avoid hanging your laundry out to dry on the line. It may make your sheets and clothes smell fresh, but you also risk tracking pollen in the house.
Improve Air Quality in Your Home
It’s impossible to completely remove all allergens from your home, but there are ways to reduce allergen levels, such as:
- Using a HEPA air filter, especially in the bedroom
- Keeping pets out of bedrooms
- Making sure all heating and AC is being properly cleaned out and maintained
- Using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, and vacuuming often (especially if you have carpets)
Try Non-Prescription Medication
If your symptoms only rear their head for a couple of weeks, then you may be able to get away with taking a simple over-the-counter antihistamine or decongestant (depending on the symptoms you experience). Of course, if you find yourself suffering from severe allergies, our Pembroke Pines ENT doctors can provide you with a stronger medication or immunotherapy.
Still Battling Allergies? We Can Help!
We want our patients to know that our office is still open right now and that we are following all necessary health precautions, as outlined by the CDC. After all, your health is of the utmost importance. Of course, if you find yourself battling allergies know that our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors can also schedule a quick telemedicine visit with you so you never have to leave the house.
Call Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy at (954) 438-7171 to schedule your online or in-person appointment with us.
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