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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 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,
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Insect bites/stings
- Foods (e.g. shellfish, milk,peanuts)
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,
- 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
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!
Don’t let sinus problems affect your daily routine. Let us help you find the relief you want.
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.
Find out the common causes of both an acute and chronic sore throat.
Whether you just woke up with a sore throat or you’ve been dealing with one for months now, it’s important to understand the many reasons sore throats happen and when you should turn to one of our otolaryngologists Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, for answers.
What causes an acute sore throat?
There are many reasons why a sore throat may show up; however, viral and bacterial infections are often the most common culprits. Viral infections that could cause a sore throat include the common cold, the flu, mononucleosis and measles, to name a few. There are quite a few bacterial infections that can also cause a sore throat.
However, infections aren’t always the reasons a sore throat emerges. There are several other conditions and factors that can contribute to this symptom including:
- Dry air
- Pollutants and chemicals
- Spicy foods
What causes a chronic or a persistent sore throat?
If your sore throat lasts more than a week or if you experience sore throats regularly then it’s time to consider what might be causing this issue. It could be the air quality, dry indoor air, allergies, infected tonsils, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), long-term tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, or cancer (rare). There are many factors at play here and you will want to turn to an ENT specialist to help you pinpoint the cause.
When should I see a doctor?
If your sore throat lasts longer than a week then it’s time to turn to one of our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors. In most cases, an acute sore throat will just go away over time; however, you should give us a call if your sore throat is also accompanied by a fever that’s lasted more than a day, if your sore throat is so severe that you have difficulty swallowing or breathing, or if your sore throat is accompanied by a red rash.
If you are dealing with a severe or nagging sore throat, it’s important that you are able to pinpoint the cause so that you can finally get the relief you deserve. The ENT experts at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL also serving the Hollywood area, are ready to help. Call our office today.
Learn about allergies from your Pembroke Pines ENT.
Allergies got you down? An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to common substances. AN ENT doctor can help you get rid of your allergies. ENT doctors specialize in conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, offer treatments for allergies. Here's a rundown of the most common types of allergies.
1. Drug Allergy
If you an allergic reaction after taking a certain medication, you may have a drug allergy. In many cases, the allergic reaction is mild. Severe cases can lead to shock and may be life-threatening. A serious, widespread allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. It may affect airways, skin, and organs. It happens quickly after taking a medication, often within seconds or minutes. Individuals with drug allergies may experience symptoms regardless of whether their medication comes in pill, liquid, or injectable form.
2. Food Allergy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies affect about 4 to 6 percent of kids and 4 percent of adults. Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs after eating a certain food. Symptoms of a reaction can include wheezing, hives, digestive problems, dizziness, or swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat. Severe reactions can be life-threatening.
3. Pollen Allergy
Over 25 million Americans are allergic to pollen, which are the tiny spores that plants release. The spread of pollen helps to fertilize plants — and can mean misery for allergy sufferers. The symptoms of a pollen allergy may include red, itchy, and watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy throat, wheezing, sneezing, or coughing.
4. Skin Allergy
A skin allergy occurs when your skin touches something that your immune system believes is dangerous -- even though it isn't. Causes can include contact with poison ivy, perfume, latex, dyes, topical medications, detergent, cosmetics, and some metals. In someone with a skin allergy, the skin may turn dry, rough and scaly. It may develop a reddish color, swell into hives, or even ooze and crack as a result of irritation.
5. Dust Allergy
Dust allergies affect about 20 million Americans. Their symptoms often worsen during or after dusting, sweeping, or vacuuming. The symptoms of a dust allergy may include watery eyes, coughing, nasal congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. Go to an emergency room if shortness of breath rapidly worsens or if you're short of breath with minimal activity.
6. Insect Allergy
Fire ants, bees, wasps, and yellow-jackets are the most common stinging insects that can cause an allergic reaction. Most people stung by these insects recover within hours or days. In others, it can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction. Flies, fleas, mosquitoes, and bedbugs are common biting insects known to cause a reaction. Most people bitten by insects experience pain, itching, redness, stinging and swelling in the area around the bite. In rare cases, insect bites can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.
7. Pet Allergy
Do pet allergies have you sneezing and wheezing-- again? Pet allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to proteins in an animal's skin cells, saliva, or urine. Pet allergies can run in families and occur more often in people with asthma. The symptoms of a pet allergy may include nasal congestion, watery eyes, itchy throat, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Allergies can interfere with your day-to-day activities and lessen the quality of your life. Get relief today with Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL also serving the Hollywood area. Call 954-438-7171 now to schedule an appointment. We want you to live your best life!
If you are experiencing difficulty hearing, a hearing aid could help. Many types of hearing aids are available. Some hearing aids fit over the ear, while others are placed inside the ear. There are even invisible hearing aids, which are completely inconspicuous. Whatever your situation, there is a hearing aid to suit your needs and your lifestyle. In the Hollywood, FL, area, hearing aids are available at the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy. There, Dr. Craig Shapiro or Dr. Sina Joorabchi will guide you in selecting the right hearing aid for your needs.
Hearing Aids & Accessories
A variety of hearing aids and accessories are available to help you hear better. The main types of hearing aids are general and invisible. Both types will improve your hearing. The type you choose will depend on your preference. General hearing aids either rest behind the ear or are positioned just inside the opening of the ear canal. These types of hearing aids are generally visible to others. Invisible hearing aids are placed further inside the ear canal where they are not readily noticeable to others.
In addition to the different types of hearing aids, a variety of accessories are available to meet your lifestyle needs. In Broward County, hearing aids and accessories are available through the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy. Some types of hearing aid accessories include:
- Cell phone streamers
- Phone adaptors
- Remote controls
- Mini microphones
- Ear plugs
- Swim molds
- Wireless accessories
Hearing aids can help you regain your hearing. Whether you prefer a style that is discreet, fits inside the ear or rests behind it, there is a hearing aid to suit your lifestyle and your needs. Various hearing aid accessories are also available to enhance your hearing aid’s benefits. For hearing aids, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Joorabchi by calling the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, Florida and serving the Hollywood area at (954) 438-7171.