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    Easy Tips to Control Your Snoring

    Last updated 2 hours 22 minutes ago

    If you suffer from chronic snoring, it’s best to consult an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Your snoring could be a sign of a more serious condition, such as sleep apnea. While medical treatment is often advisable for snoring, some people may find relief with simple lifestyle changes. You can reduce your risk of snoring by losing weight and quitting smoking, if applicable. It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol within four hours of bedtime and to avoid eating large meals in the evening.

    For more helpful tips on controlling your snoring, watch this video. It covers a few tools you might find useful, such as a wedge-shaped pillow to open your airways and a few over-the-counter remedies.

    DelRey ENT Associates of Los Angeles offers comprehensive evaluations and treatments for chronic snoring. You can schedule a visit to our ear, nose, and throat clinic by calling (310) 439-9878.

    What Is Behind Your Nosebleed?

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Your nose contains small blood vessels that can easily become inflamed and irritated. When this occurs, they may sometimes rupture, causing a bloody nose. Often, a bloody nose occurs due to physical trauma to the area. However, some people suffer nosebleeds when they have a viral or bacterial infection of the respiratory system. Ear, nose, and throat doctors have also diagnosed patients with bloody noses caused by the use of some types of nasal sprays and similar medications.

    Less commonly, a nosebleed could be caused by more serious problems. You could suffer a bloody nose if you have a vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A plays a critical role in your body’s ability to clot blood. Blood clotting problems can also occur as a result of liver disease or a blood disorder, or they may be the result of blood-thinning medications. Sometimes, cancer of the nose or abnormal blood vessels may lead to bleeding. High blood pressure can exacerbate a bloody nose.

    If you suffer a severe or recurrent bloody nose, it’s time to consult an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Call DelRey ENT Associates of Los Angeles at (310) 439-9878 and let us help you investigate the cause of your nosebleeds. 

    What Are the Different Types of Head and Neck Cancers?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Sometimes, patients who visit an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor complaining of symptoms similar to sinus problems may in fact be diagnosed with head and neck cancers. ENT specialists may treat head and neck cancers with surgical techniques, depending on the exact type of cancer.

    Classification

    Cancer is classified several different ways. Cancers may be grouped according to the type of cancerous cell, such as squamous cell carcinomas. They may be classified according to the cause, such as HPV-related mouth cancers. The cause can be a significant factor in the survival rate, as determined by a recent study that found patients with mouth cancer caused by HPV were likely to survive longer than those with mouth cancer caused by smoking. However, head and neck cancers are more commonly classified according to the body part of origination.

    Salivary Gland

    Your major salivary glands are located in the base of your mouth and under your jawbone. You also have smaller clusters of salivary glands in your windpipe. The largest salivary glands, called the parotid glands, are in front of both ears. Cancer can originate in any of these glands.

    Oral Cavity

    Cancer that originates in your oral cavity may be detected in the lips, the front of the tongue, the gum tissue, or the hard palate. It can also start on the base of the mouth or in the mucous tissue that lines the cheeks and lips.

    Larynx

    If your ENT specialist diagnoses you with this type of cancer, it means that the cancerous cells originated in your voicebox. This passageway is made from cartilage and is located in the neck.

    Pharynx

    The pharynx is your throat. It extends from your nose to the esophagus. Cancer may originate in any of its three main parts, which are the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and hypopharynx.

    Paranasal Sinuses and Nasal Cavity

    ENT specialists can also diagnose cancer of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity. Your nasal cavity is the hollow area of your nose. Your paranasal sinuses are hollow spaces around the nose.

    DelRey ENT Associates provides comprehensive ENT services, including evaluation and surgical treatment of head and neck cancers. Residents of Los Angeles who are looking for an ENT specialist with extensive experience can call us at (310) 439-9878. At our ENT clinic, we pride ourselves on our warm, inviting atmosphere and cutting-edge clinical care.

    Understanding Sinus Infection Complications

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In most cases, a stuffy nose or sinus pressure goes away after a short time with minimal homecare. However, complications occasionally arise with sinusitis and you should know when to contact your ear, nose, and throat doctor. Here are some key aspects to understanding sinus infection complications. 

    Abscess

    An abscess occurs when pus builds up around infected tissue. In the case of sinusitis, abscesses can affect your brain or mouth. If you are suffering severe headaches or facial pain, have swelling around your facial area, or your vision has changed, you should contact your ear, nose, and throat doctor immediately. These may be signs that an abscess has formed, and you may need to take measures to prevent further complications.

    Meningitis

    Meningitis is a serious disease defined as an infection of the outer membrane of the brain and spinal cord. Sinusitis caused by bacteria can lead to bacterial meningitis when an infection spreads to the brain area. This is an incredibly serious condition, although it is rare. If you begin experiencing delirium or seizures, go to the emergency room. Bacterial meningitis requires urgent medical attention and can be treated with a combination of antibiotics and surgery to remove infected tissue.

    Eye Swelling

    Swelling around the eye, or orbital cellulitis, is commonly caused by bacteria associated with a sinus infection. This complication is especially associated with children. It can lead to blindness if left untreated. Head to your ear, nose, and throat doctor immediately if you or your child experience a high temperature as well as red or purple eyelid and puffiness near the eye area. Intravenous antibiotics and occasionally surgery are required to treat this sinusitis complication.

    Bone Infection

    Bone infection is also known as osteomyelitis. This condition might arise as a complication of either bacterial or fungal sinusitis. Symptoms associated with bone infection include achiness in the bones, swelling and fever. A doctor can treat this condition with antibiotics, although you may need surgery if portions of bone die.

    Complications from sinus infections are rare, but can be serious. If you live in the Los Angeles area, a physician at DelRey ENT can help address any concerns you might have. For more information, feel free to call us at (310) 439-9878. 

    Hear About Brooke Burke-Charvet's Cancer Diagnosis

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Cancer is a difficult diagnosis for anyone to hear from their doctor. Brooke Burke-Charvet is no exception. In this video, she describes the process she went through to discover her diagnosis as well as her feelings when she learned she had thyroid cancer. She also explains her prognosis and the basis for her positive outlook.

    If you live in the Los Angeles area, and you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, consider contacting the ear, nose, and throat doctors at DelRey ENT. We are also specialists in sinus therapy and sleep apnea. You can call us at (310) 439-9878 or visit us on the Web for more information. 

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