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    Sinus Headaches 101

    Last updated 4 months ago

    On the surface, it can be hard to distinguish sinus headaches from other types of headaches. Pain across the forehead, behind the eyes, and across the cheeks is common with many kinds of headaches and doesn’t necessarily mean there is a connection with the sinuses. However, if your headache is accompanied by fever, nasal congestion, or facial swelling, there is a good chance that your sinuses are to blame. Although sinus headaches are painful, there are many things your ear, nose, and throat doctor can do to alleviate your symptoms. Learn the basics about sinus headaches in this infographic from DelRey ENT Associates in Los Angeles. Help your friends and family cope with bouts of sinus headaches and sinusitis by sharing this information with them. 

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    A Patient's Guide to Chronic Sinusitis

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Sinusitis can cause a wide range of painful symptoms, including severe headaches, pain in the face, and difficulty breathing. Most people only experience these symptoms for a short time, but people who have chronic sinusitis often struggle for months. Keep reading to learn more about this condition:

    Improper Drainage

    The ears, nose, and throat are designed to work together. Normally, when the sinuses create mucus, they drain it into the nasal passages. When someone suffers from chronic sinusitis, however, they experience swelling in the nose and in the sinuses, which prevents the drainage from moving out. Without anywhere to go, this mucus causes a stuffy nose and excessive pressure near the eyes or cheeks.

    Antibiotic Resistance

    People who have short-term sinusitis can usually find relief from antibiotics because their symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection. Researchers have recently found that chronic sinusitis is often the result of repeated inflammation, however, which means it cannot be treated with antibiotics. If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis, your nose doctor might give you steroids. In extreme cases, a patient might need surgery.

    Possible Causes

    Scientists have linked many different factors to sinusitis. Allergies, bacterial or fungal infections, and nasal polyps or tumors could all be responsible for the long-term suffering. A deviated septum, respiratory tract infection, or even medication side effects might also be responsible. Talk to your ear, nose, and throat doctor about your issues with chronic sinusitis to start working toward a solution.

    When it comes to sinusitis, the staff at DelRey ENT Associates provides some of the best treatment options in Los Angeles. Dr. Sigari has spent two decades working closely with patients to find relief for their ear, nose, and throat issues. Come in today to get the help you need for your chronic sinusitis. For more information on the practice, visit us online or call (310) 823-4444.

    What Effect Does Loud Music Have on Your Ears?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    There are cells located in the inner hear that allow a person to hear. Loud noises can damage these cells and eventually cause them to die permanently, which leads to hearing loss.

    New sound technology makes it easier than ever to listen to music, but these loud noises can significantly damage the hearing. If you are listening to music through headphones, try to lower the volume and give your ears a break every hour to preserve your hearing. Learn more in this video.

    If you are having issues with your ears, your nose, or your throat, come to DelRey ENT Associates to get the help you need. We want every patient to have a positive experience in our welcoming environment. Call (310) 823-4444 to make an appointment.

    Could You Be Suffering from Surfer's Ear?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Surfer’s ear is a condition that affects people who spend a lot of time near cold water and wind. This repeated exposure eventually cools the ear canal enough to encourage new bone growth. Without as much room in the ear canal, a person with surfer’s ear will most likely experience hearing loss and uncomfortable infections.

    If you think you have surfer’s ear, you should make an appointment with the ear doctor to start to get treatment that can bring relief to these painful symptoms. If you have already experience significant hearing loss, you might need surgery to repair it.

    Dr. Sigari and the team at DelRey ENT Associates are here to help you through any of your ear, nose, and throat issues. We want you to find the treatment you need. Whether you have surfer’s ear or sinusitis, we will do everything we can to find a solution. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (310) 823-4444.

    A Look at Common Summer Allergy Triggers

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The beautiful weather that draws people outside during the summer months can also be partially responsible for uncomfortable allergy attacks. Before you take advantage of the perfect temperatures in Southern California this summer, use this guide to learn more about common allergy triggers so you can avoid them and the symptoms they bring:

    Pollen

    One of the biggest allergy culprits in Los Angeles in late spring and early summer is pollen. As the trees start to pollenate, this particle can get into the air and find its way to your nose. If you are allergic to pollen, the high presence of this allergen can cause a runny nose, itchy eyes, and headaches.

    Weeds

    From ragweed to white sagebrush, the Los Angeles area has plenty of summer weeds that can trigger allergy symptoms. These allergens might cause you some trouble this season and interrupt your ability to enjoy the great outdoors. If you start to suffer with a runny nose or scratchy throat this summer, you might want to make an appointment with the ear, nose, and throat doctor to find relief for your symptoms.

    Summer Pollution

    As people flock to the city to explore Los Angeles on their summer vacations or head to the beach, city pollution levels can rise, which might affect your allergies. The combination of sunshine, nitrogen oxide, and hydrocarbons from vehicles that burn fuel create ozone clouds. Since there is usually less wind during the summer, these clouds tend to stay over the city and bring huge allergic reactions to residents and visitors.

    If you are suffering from allergies, the doctors at DelRey ENT Associates can help. From allergies to sinusitis, we focus on your issues and find the right treatment plan for your needs. For more information on our services, visit us online or call (310) 823-4444.

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