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By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
May 22, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Issues  

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
  • Confusion
  • 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.

By Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy
April 13, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergies  

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.

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.
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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.





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