Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, the two fleshy pads of tissue at the back of your throat. Most often caused by a viral infection, tonsilitis is a painful condition that can negatively affect your abilities to eat and speak well. Fortunately, here at Tan Head and Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, our ENT physicians, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, offer treatment to those suffering from tonsilitis. Here are 5 signs that you may need their help!
1. Inflammation: Inflammation of the tonsils is the most common symptom of tonsilitis. The swelling will be obvious, due to both a visible throat engorgement and an impaired ability to swallow. Other glands in the lymph nodes, neck, and under the chin may also become swollen.
2. Throat Pain: Throat pain from skin irritation and swelling is another common symptom of tonsilitis. If you have the condition, every swallow can cause burning pain and difficulty breathing. Professional treatment is the only real way to relieve the throat pain.
3. Blisters on Throat: If you have tonsilitis, blisters can also appear on your throat and tonsils. Known as peritonsillar abscesses, these blisters differ from blemishes or spots, as they seem more substantial and are filled with pus. These blisters can make it difficult to both open the mouth fully and swallow correctly. When these blisters are left untreated, they can cause further complications.
4. Painful Earaches: The pain from tonsillitis can spread to the ears and cause painful earaches. The nerves that meet at the back of the throat cause this pain. When the throat ears are affected, it can make for one uncomfortable experience.
5. White Coating: A person with tonsilitis may have a yellow, gray, or white coating on the tonsils. This coating is a sure sign of infection, and you should contact an ENT doctor as soon as you can for proper treatment.
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Tonsilitis can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Don't delay—call Tan Head and Neck Clinic at (562) 988-8818 today to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT doctors in Beach, CA.
Find out the different ways our Long Beach ENT specialists treat acute and chronic sinusitis.
Sinus infections are extremely common, affecting as many as 31 million Americans each year. While anyone can develop a sinus infection it is more common in those with allergies or asthma. If you find yourself dealing with a blocked nose, facial pain and pressure, and frequent headaches then you could very well be dealing with a sinus infection. Find out ways to treat your sinusitis and when to turn to our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Drs. Jesse & Jesus Tan and Dr. Rose Eapen for treatment.
For Acute Sinusitis
Most people will choose to treat their sinus infection on their own before turning to a doctor for help. Many times simple over-the-counter medications like nasal decongestants and antihistamines can provide you with relief; however, if you find that they aren’t helping then it’s time to seek out an ENT doctor in Long Beach, CA, that can give you the answers (and relief) you need.
A sinus infection that is caused by bacteria will require antibiotics to get rid of the infection. An ENT specialist can also provide you with prescription-strength antihistamines and nasal sprays, which can be more effective than over-the-counter medications for treating sinusitis that is not a bacterial infection.
For Chronic Sinusitis
If your sinus infection symptoms last more than 12 weeks and aren’t responding to at-home care then you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can be trickier to treat and it will require seeing an otolaryngologist who can figure out what might be causing your infection and, from there, creating a treatment plan that will work for you.
Sometimes strong medications like steroid sprays and oral corticosteroids are prescribed to reduce and prevent inflammation and swelling of the nasal cavity, which can lead to blockages. Steroid nasal sprays can be particularly beneficial to those who suffer from chronic or recurring sinus infections due to nasal polyps.
If allergies are the root cause then you may want to consider immunotherapy or allergy shots, which expose you to the allergen in amounts that slowly increase over time until your body is no longer sensitive to it.
Sometimes surgery is necessary in order to relieve the blockage and drain the sinuses. There are several different types of surgical options available, from traditional sinus surgery to less invasive options like endoscopic surgery and balloon sinuplasty. Your doctor can discuss your surgical treatment options with you.
If you are dealing with sinus problems it’s time to turn to the experts at Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, to get the proper care you deserve. Schedule an evaluation with us today.
Find out how our ENT doctors in Long Beach, CA, can help manage your thyroid issues.
Did you know that approximately 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease, and as many as 60 percent aren’t even aware of their condition? It’s important to know when something might be off with your thyroid so that you know when to turn to our otolaryngologists in Long Beach, CA, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan for an evaluation.
Warning Signs of a Thyroid Problem
Not sure if the changes you’re experiencing are due to a thyroid problem or something else? There are a lot of conditions out there that present with a lot of the same symptoms as a thyroid disorder. Here are some warning signs to be on the lookout for,
- Unexpected weight gain or weight loss
- Hair loss
- Mood swings
- Muscle weakness or trembling
- Nervousness or heart palpitations
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Tingling or numbness in the hands
- Dry skin
These are symptoms that can be indicative of either hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). If you are experiencing some of these symptoms then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your ENT.
How are thyroid problems treated?
The type of treatment plan we create will depend on the type and severity of your thyroid problem. As you might imagine, those with an underactive thyroid will receive medication to increase thyroid hormone production, while those with an overactive thyroid will take medication to slow hormone production within the thyroid.
Along with medication, there are also lifestyle modifications that can help you better manage your symptoms. For example, eating a healthy balanced diet is vitally important for managing thyroid disorders. We can provide you with information regarding the foods that are safe and which foods to avoid.
No matter whether you are looking to better manage your thyroid symptoms or you just suspect that something might be wrong with your thyroid, it’s a good time to call Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, today to schedule a consultation with us.
Are you worried that you may have sleep apnea? Although you'll need a sleep study for a definite diagnosis, you might notice a few telltale signs if you have the condition. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, ear, nose and throat doctors at Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, diagnose and treat sleep apnea and snoring.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing momentarily. Breathing pauses may last several seconds and can occur hundreds of time throughout the night. Although the pauses may be short, they deprive your body and brain of oxygen and can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, heart failure and arrhythmias. The condition can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat, blocking your airway, or if the walls of your throat become so relaxed that they collapse.
How can I tell if I have sleep apnea?
You may notice a few of these signs if you have sleep apnea:
- Loud Snoring: Snoring doesn't automatically mean that you have sleep apnea, but many people who have the condition do snore.
- Breathing Pauses: Have your family members or significant other ever noticed that you stop breathing during the night?
- Gasping for Breath: If you've ever jerked awake suddenly or woken up gasping for breath, a breathing pause may be to blame.
- Bad Moods: Irritability and depression can be symptoms of sleep apnea.
- Sleep Deprivation: Not surprisingly, it's difficult to get a good night's sleep if you suffer from sleep apnea. If you constantly feel tired when you wake up and continue to feel lethargic during the day, sleep apnea could be responsible.
- Headaches: A morning headache may also be a sleep apnea symptom.
How can my Long Branch ENT help me?
If a sleep study reveals that you have sleep apnea, your ENT can offer several solutions that may ease your symptoms, including a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or an oral appliance. CPAP machines force a steady flow of air into your throat, which keeps the airway open. Oral appliances hold your jaw forward and prevent your tongue from blocking your airway. If excess tissues in your throat cause your breathing pauses, your ENT may recommend procedures to remove the tissue. With a surgical robot, this revolutionary procedure can remove a portion of the base of the tongue improving the airflow while you sleep. Dr. Tan is the only surgeon in the greater Long Beach area who is trained to do this highly specialized robotic procedure.
Relieve your sleep apnea symptoms with a visit to your Long Beach, CA, ENTs Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan. Call them at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.
Otolaryngologists, commonly known as ear, nose and throat doctors, offer specialized care for diseases and conditions that affect the mouth, throat, voice box, noses, sinuses, ears, head, and neck. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, Long Beach, CA, ear, nose and throat doctors, treat a variety of conditions ranging from sinusitis to sleep apnea to hearing loss.
What type of training do ear, nose and throat doctors receive?
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors spend at least five years after medical school in residencies and fellowship. Thanks to their extensive training in otolaryngology, they're well equipped to diagnose and treat common, and not so common, ear, nose and throat conditions and illnesses.
When should I visit a Long Beach ENT?
ENTs diagnose and treat:
- Allergies: The specialists offer allergy testing, prescribe allergy medication, offer immunotherapy injections, and provide advice that will help ease your discomfort.
- Sinusitis: Whether you've just developed sinusitis symptoms, or you have chronic sinusitis, you'll benefit from a visit to the ENT. In addition to prescribing decongestants, antibiotics and other medications, the doctors also perform endoscopic sinus surgery if needed.
- Throat Issues: ENTS treat tonsillitis, inflamed adenoids, airway conditions, difficulty swallowing, breathing issues, chronic hoarseness, and other voice problems.
- Ear Problems: ENTS are the doctors you'll want to see if you have ringing or buzzing in your ears, an ear infection, trauma to your ears, balance or dizziness, ear pain, or nerve pathway disorders. They also diagnose hearing loss and can help you make the most of your hearing with aids that amplify sounds and diminish annoying background sounds.
- Tumors: The specialists diagnose, treat and surgically remove tumors in the head, neck, and thyroid.
- Other Treatments: Your ENT can also determine why you suffer frequent nosebleeds or find out why your voice has changed recently. They can also help you avoid the damaging health effects caused by sleep apnea by fitting you with an oral appliance that keeps your airway open while you sleep.
Could you benefit from a visit to an ENT? Call Drs. Jesse and Jesus Tan, your Long Beach, CA, ear, nose and throat doctors, at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.
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