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By Tan Head and Neck Center
August 24, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Thyroid   Metabolism  

Could your thyroid be to blame for your chronic fatigue or sudden weight gain?

You may have some kind of thyroid problem, and may not even realize it. Even though there are different kinds of thyroid disorders the most common type is called hypothyroidism, in which the thyroid gland is underactive. Could you be dealing with an underactive thyroid? Our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan are here to tell you the warning signs of a thyroid issue.

You might have an underactive thyroid issue if:

  • You feel tired throughout the day even with a full night’s rest
  • You gain weight unexpectedly or have trouble losing the weight
  • You experience mood swings (e.g. depression)
  • You have muscle aches and pain
  • You have cold hands and feet
  • You have poor concentration (feeling foggy-headed)
  • You have a hoarse throat
  • You have swelling in the neck

You might have an overactive thyroid (known as hyperthyroidism) if:

  • You are feeling jittery or anxious
  • You feel tired
  • You lose weight unexpectedly
  • You are sensitive to heat
  • You have trouble sleeping
  • You find yourself shaking

As you get older these symptoms may be milder, making it more difficult to diagnose.

How is hypothyroidism treated?

Since your thyroid gland isn’t producing the proper amount of hormones necessary, the medication that your Long Beach, CA, ENT doctor will recommend will balance out these hormones. One of the most common medications used to treat hypothyroidism is called levothyroxine, which is a synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Once we find the right balance of hormones this medication can help you for the rest of your life.

Those with hyperthyroidism may benefit from taking medications to reduce the amount of hormones produced by the thyroid, as well as taking radioactive iodine or beta-blockers.

When should I consider thyroid surgery?

A thyroidectomy, the removal of the thyroid gland, isn’t commonly performed. While thyroid surgery isn’t usually used for hypothyroidism it is more commonly used to treat hyperthyroidism. And here at Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, we offer advanced robotic technology to provide more precise and less invasive thyroid surgery.

If you aren’t able to tolerate the thyroid medication you are taking or if you are pregnant and have hyperthyroidism then thyroid surgery may be a good option for you. Once the thyroid is removed you’ll be given medication that will provide you with the proper dosage of thyroid hormones.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a potential thyroid problem then it’s time to seek proper care. Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, is here to help give you the answers and relief you need to feel like yourself again.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
June 18, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

This sleep disorder could be the reason you are extremely exhausted all of the time.sleep apnea

Do you find yourself unable to get out of bed each morning? Do you find that there isn’t enough coffee in the world to keep you awake at your desk? Do you find yourself almost falling asleep at the wheel on your way home from work? While these instances on their own might be par for the course for someone who is just having a poor sleep week, for someone with sleep apnea, all of these issues are regular occurrences. Our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, are here to tell you more about sleep apnea and how it can be managed.

What is sleep apnea?

This sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans causes shallow breathing or pauses in breathing throughout the course of the night. When these pauses occur this awakens the sleeper and affects the person’s overall quality of sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?

One of the classic signs of sleep apnea is chronic, loud snoring. Of course, not all people who snore end up having sleep apnea. Since breathing cessations are interrupting your sleep throughout the course of the night it means that you aren’t getting quality sleep. As a result, you may experience frequent morning headaches, daytime exhaustion, poor concentration and memory, and irritability.

Why does sleep apnea need to be treated?

Sleep apnea needs to be treated as soon as possible not just to improve your quality of sleep but also to protect your overall health. As you might imagine, these breathing cessations can occur hundreds of times throughout the course of one night. This also means that there isn’t enough oxygen getting to the brain. If sleep apnea is severe enough and never gets treated, it can lead to brain damage.

Furthermore, untreated sleep apnea can also increase your chances for certain chronic and potentially life-threatening health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Asthma

This is why it’s important to turn to our Long Beach ENT doctors as soon as possible to find out if your symptoms could be due to obstructive sleep apnea.

There are ways to manage your symptoms to vastly improve the quality of your sleep. A common method is CPAP therapy. An otolaryngologist can also create a custom-made oral device, known as oral appliance therapy, that can also help you get your sleep apnea symptoms under control.

In severe or persistent cases that don't respond to other treatments, surgery may be needed. A revolutionary procedure using a surgical robot can be performed to remove a portion of the base of tongue, significantly improving the airway and patients' sleep apnea. Dr. Tan is the only surgeon in the greater Long Beach area who is trained to do this highly specialized robotic procedure, and he has helped many people overcome their sleep apnea with this operation.

Are you displaying symptoms of sleep apnea? Want to get to the bottom of your sleep disturbances? Then it’s time to turn to Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA. Call us today.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
April 09, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis  

It's difficult to function when your nose is stuffed up, your sinuses hurt, and all you want to do is sleep. Fortunately, there's help for these sinusitiscommon sinusitis symptoms. Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan discuss sinusitis and explain treatment options.

Sinusitis explained

Sinusitis occurs when your nasal passages become inflamed. Inflammation can occur due to allergies, or a virus, fungal or bacterial infection.

Your sinuses are filled with air and covered by a thin layer of mucus that catches germs, dust and dirt particles. Normally, small hair-like projections in your sinuses called cilia constantly push mucus into your throat. Once the mucus finds its way to your throat, it's swallowed and eliminated by your digestive system. When you have an infection or an allergy, your nasal tissues swell, preventing mucus from leaving your sinuses. Eventually, they become inflamed, and you begin to experience the symptoms of sinusitis.

Sinusitis causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms

If you have sinusitis, you may develop:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Pain and pressure around your eyes and in your cheeks, ears, and forehead
  • A headache
  • A clogged feeling in your ears
  • Neck pain
  • Thick yellow or green nasal secretions
  • A cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

How is sinusitis treated?

In many cases, sinusitis goes away on its own. Until it does, you can relieve your symptoms by taking over-the-counter decongestants and rinsing your nasal passages with saline solution, a Neti pot or other sinus irrigation system.

If your symptoms don't improve, schedule an appointment with our Long Beach office. Depending on the cause of your symptoms, we may prescribe medications that reduce congestion and swelling and decrease mucus congestion. Although antibiotics will be ineffective if your sinusitis symptoms are caused by allergies or a virus, they may be needed if you have a bacterial infection. Surgery usually isn't needed to treat sinusitis, but it may be an option if you develop chronic sinusitis due to a deviated septum, bone spur or polyp.

Don't let sinusitis symptoms take over your life. Call Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Drs. Jesse and Jesus Tan at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
February 14, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: pediatric ent  

Find out when your little one could benefit from professional ear, nose & throat care.pediatric ent

We know that as parents it can be easy to worry about the health of our children even when the symptoms they are experiencing are rather minor. Of course, our Long Beach, CA, ENT doctors, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, understand that the last thing you want to do is rush your child to our office if they can easily be treated at home. We are here to tell you more about what we have to offer when it comes to caring for your child and when you should make an appointment with us.

Here are some of the common conditions that require an ENT specialist.

Ear Infections

This is one of the most common health problems, particularly in children. It’s not unusual for most children under three years old to experience at least one ear infection. If young children develop an ear infection you may notice them pulling and tugging at their ear and becoming fussier and more irritable.

They may also have trouble sleeping or even have issues with their balance. Of course, older children will be able to communicate that they are experiencing ear pain, pressure or fullness. When this happens it’s a good idea to call our Long Beach otolaryngologists for treatment.

Sinus Infections

In most cases, a sinus infection is a complication that comes about after your child has already fought off a cold, flu or other respiratory infection. Unfortunately, nasal congestion, facial pain and pressure, and other sinus problem can plague your little one for months after their initial infection.

If your child has post-nasal drip, thick nasal discharge or is displaying signs of general malaise and fatigue, then they could be dealing with sinusitis; fortunately, we can provide medications and other simple solutions for easing symptoms until the infections clears up.


Most tonsillitis cases occur between the ages of four to seven, even though children of any age can be inflicted with this nasty and painful virus. Tonsillitis causes the tonsils, structures in the back of the throat, to swell. Children may complain of a severe sore throat or may have trouble swallowing or even breathing. If you suspect that your child’s sore throat is due to tonsillitis then it’s a good idea to bring them in for a check-up.

If in doubt, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call our Long Beach, CA, ENT office today to find out if your child should come into the office for care. Tan Head & Neck Clinic provides comprehensive ENT treatments and services to meet the needs of all of our patients.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
November 20, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: ENT  

Need an ENT doctor? Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctors, also known as otolaryngologists, are physicians who specialize in the enttreatment of disorders and diseases that affect the ear, nose, and throat. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, offer treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Here are the top reasons to see an ENT doctor.

1. You have hearing loss.

Hearing impairment, also known as hearing loss, is a partial or total inability to hear. Hearing loss can have a big impact on your life, from your relationships to your career and emotional well-being. If you have a hearing impairment, you should be evaluated by a Long Beach ENT doctor as soon as possible. Work with your ENT doctor to find the best combination of hearing devices and communication strategies.

2. You have sleep apnea.

Is sleep apnea affecting you? Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening sleep disorder that occurs when you have shallow breaths or pauses in breathing while you sleep. ENTs offer treatments for sleep apnea. Aside from poor sleep, people who don’t get their sleep apnea treated face a higher risk of strokes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and other health issues.

3. You have sinusitis.

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses resulting in symptoms. The symptoms of sinusitis typically include pain, pressure in the face, and a stuffy or a runny nose. Other common symptoms of sinusitis include fever, bad breath, coughing, reduced sense of smell or taste, headache, and bad breath. ENT doctors have received the proper training and education needed to treat sinusitis. 

ENT doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis. If your ENT doctor thinks a bacterial infection is to blame, they may prescribe antibiotics. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe inhaled steroids to reduce swelling in the sinus membranes. Your Long Beach, CA ENT doctor may prescribe decongestants to reduce the amount of mucus in your sinuses. Occasionally, if you have sinusitis that keeps coming back, an operation may be the best choice.

4. You have an ear infection.

If you have an ear infection, it's time to see an ENT. Ear infections can develop in children and adults. Ear infections occur when fluid becomes trapped in the middle ear. Ear infections are caused by viruses and bacteria. The symptoms of an ear infection may include an earache, difficulty hearing, ear discharge, or fever. An ENT doctor can provide all the relief you need with treatment.

5. You have head or neck cancer.

Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that start near or in your throat, voice box, sinuses, nose, or mouth. Usually, it begins in the cells that line the surfaces of these body parts. ENTs diagnose, evaluate, and treat head and neck cancer. Overall, the main treatment options are radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, and targeted therapy. Advancements in robotic head and neck surgery means smaller incisions, less scarring and more efficient procedures as compared to traditional surgery.

Get relief today. Call Tan Head and Neck Center at (562) 988-8818 now to schedule an appointment in Long Beach, CA. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We want you to live the best life possible!

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