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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.
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.