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By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
February 24, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sore Throat  

Having a sore throat could make it very frustrating and even painful to talk and eat. It brings with it irritation, scratchiness, and pain that usually worsens when swallowing. While there are many reasons why you could develop a sore throat, an evaluation by one of the ENT doctors here at Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, can help determine what’s the actual cause.

Common Sore Throat Causes

  • Excessive screaming or shouting: These activities can cause inflammation or irritation of the throat and consequently, sore throat.
  • Airborne Irritants and Toxins: Plenty of substances such as air pollution, cigarettes smoke, and noxious chemicals, could cause a sore throat.
  • Foreign Bodies: The most common foreign bodies responsible for sore throats include dry foodstuff and tiny bones from animal meats.
  • Health Conditions: Certain medical issues like allergies, postnasal drip, tumors, cough, and GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, could cause sore throats.
  • Injury or Trauma: Any injury or trauma to your neck and/or throat region could result in a sore throat.
  • Viral Infections: Upper respiratory infections and common colds are usually caused by viruses. These viruses, including influenza, mumps, Epstein-Barr, herpangina, and croup, can all cause sore throats.
  • Bacterial Infections: Certain bacterial infections that could result in sore throats include tonsillitis, strep throat, diphtheria, epiglottitis, and peritonsillar abscess. In rare cases, STDs or sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea could likewise cause sore throats.

When to See Your Doctor for a Sore Throat

While most cases of sore throat can be resolved through home remedies such as resting your throat, gargling water with salt, using a humidifier to moisturize the air in your room, and using lozenges/throat sprays, you should see your doctor in Pembroke Pines, FL if you:

  • Have symptoms that persist or worsen for more than one week
  • Are pregnant and are experiencing severe symptoms that don’t go away within three days
  • Are experiencing throat pain with tenderness in your neck region and/or fever
  • Have symptoms that make it difficult for you to swallow or breathe properly

Otherwise, you should seek urgent medical attention right away if you suffer from a sore throat and are experiencing heart palpitations, swelling of the lips or tongue, and/or have difficulty taking medications.

Need Relief from Your Sore Throat?

Reach out to the Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, to schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors, Dr. Craig Shapiro or Dr. Sina Joorabchi. Request an appointment using our online form or by calling (954) 438-7171. We are proud to serve Pembroke Pines, Broward County, and the surrounding Hollywood area.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
January 27, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

Your ENT specialists in Pembroke Pines, FL, can help you feel better

Sinus headaches are the worst! They can linger on and on, affecting your ability to enjoy life. The constant pounding around and behind your eyes can keep you from getting through your day. The good news is, there is help for sinus headaches. Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, your ENT specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, can help you get relief from sinus headaches.

Sinus headaches happen when your sinus tissues become swollen and inflamed. They are usually caused by an upper respiratory illness like a cold or other virus. The swelling blocks up your sinuses, causing congestion and pain. You may have a sinus headache if you experience:

  • Increasing pain when you bend forward
  • Increasing pain when you lie down
  • Pain in your upper teeth or behind and around your eyes
  • Pain and pressure in your forehead or face
  • Increasing pain when the weather is cold or damp

There are a few simple home remedies you can try which may relieve your sinus headache symptoms. Consider:

  • Applying hot and cold packs above your sinuses several times each day
  • Irrigating your sinuses with saline solution every day
  • Taking over-the-counter decongestant and antihistamine medications
  • Placing a humidifier in your bedroom to moisten the air and soothe your sinuses

For moderate to severe recurrent sinus headaches, it’s best to visit your ENT specialist, who is an expert at treating sinus issues, including headaches. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Antibiotics to eliminate infection
  • Prescription-strength steroid nasal sprays to reduce swelling
  • Allergy testing and allergy treatment for any underlying allergies

In some cases, surgery may be recommended. Balloon sinuplasty is an effective, minimally invasive type of surgery, done endoscopically. The treatment can eliminate any sinus blockages which may be causing your headaches.

Don’t suffer from sinus headaches when help is just a phone call away. To find out more about treatment for sinus headaches and other ear, nose, throat, and allergy issues, call Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, today at (954) 438-7171!

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
November 05, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergy Testing  

Dealing with allergies? Here’s what to expect from the testing process.

More than 50 million people in the US have an allergy. If you are dealing with a runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, watery eyes or Allergy Testingany of the symptoms of an allergy then turning to our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi can give you the answers you need to help you manage your allergy symptoms.

What to Expect: Allergy Testing

Our allergy testing is performed under the direct supervision of our Pembroke Pines, FL, allergist. Most allergies can be diagnosed with a simple skin or blood test. Skin tests are usually performed because they more cost-effective and they produce faster results; however, in some instances, blood tests may be more accurate.

Allergy skin tests are performed by either pricking the skin with the allergen to see how the skin reacts or by injecting some of the allergens into the arm or forearm to see if swelling or redness appears. Results will usually appear within 20 minutes; however, there can still be a delayed allergic reaction that can occur up to two days after the test.

While the itching and swelling that comes from the test can be a bit annoying the test is not painful, and the reaction should go away within a couple of hours. Our allergist may also apply an antihistamine to the area to reduce redness and itching.

Blood testing may be the preferred method for diagnosing an allergy if someone is dealing with severe dermatological problems such as psoriasis or eczema (flare-ups may be triggered by a skin test) or if they are taking certain medications that cannot be stopped prior to testing.

Our allergists can test everything from common outdoor allergens (e.g. pollen; insect bites and stings; mold) and indoor allergens (e.g. dust mites; pet dander) to foods and medications.

When to Get Tested

If you have some idea of what might be causing your symptoms then by simply avoiding the triggers you may be able to get your symptoms under control; however, if you can’t then it’s time to see one of our ENT doctors. Prior to testing we will also go through your medical history and ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing.

If you are dealing with persistent or severe allergies that are affecting your daily routine it’s time to turn to Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas, for testing and treatment.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
June 25, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergy Treatments  

Get your allergies under control. We can help!

While milder allergy issues may not warrant treatment or may be properly controlled with the occasional over-the-counter allergy Allergies`medication, some people deal with such persistent allergy symptoms that it affects their daily routine. Don’t let allergies take over. This is where our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi can help you get the relief you need.

What causes an allergic reaction?

There are so many substances in our environment that while completely harmless can still trigger an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is when the body assumes that this substance is actually a harmful foreign invader, which causes the immune system to fight back. The result is an allergic reaction. Triggers, also known as allergens, can be just about anything; however, the most common allergens include,

  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Latex
  • Insect bites/stings
  • Foods (e.g. shellfish, milk,peanuts)
  • Drugs

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?

Allergy symptoms vary based on the person and the type of allergy they have. Seasonal allergies are more likely to cause symptoms akin to a cold such as,

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Itchy, red eyes

Other allergies such as food allergies can also lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash or abdominal pain. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. If an allergy is life-threatening this can cause someone to go into anaphylaxis. This is considered a medical emergency and it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include,

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling of the throat or tongue
  • Hives

These symptoms often come about suddenly and without much warning.

When should I see an allergist?

If you are dealing with any of the non life-threatening symptoms above and you suspect that you might have an allergy it’s important to call our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Common treatment options include,

  • Avoiding the allergen
  • Making lifestyle adjustments
  • Prescription medications (e.g. antihistamines; steroids)
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)

If you are dealing with allergy issues then it’s time to call the ENT specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas to find out the best approach for managing your allergies. Call us at (954) 438-7171 today to schedule an appointment!

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!

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