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 common sinusitis symptoms. Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan discuss sinusitis and explain treatment options.
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
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.
Find out when your little one could benefit from professional ear, nose & throat care.
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.
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.
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.
Need an ENT doctor? Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctors, also known as otolaryngologists, are physicians who specialize in the treatment 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!
Do your spouse or children complain that you snore? More than just an occasional whistling vibration, chronically loud snoring disturbs interpersonal relationships. Beyond that, snorers could be suffering from a dangerous condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. For diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, patients in Long Beach, CA turn to the Tan Head & Neck Clinic. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan are highly experienced and credentialed otolaryngologists who make it their business to control sleep apnea so people sleep well and enjoy good health.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the airway while the individual sleeps. What results is loud snoring, oxygen deprivation and multiple episodes of waking as the person literally gasps for air. Periods of apnea, or breathing cessation, last 10 seconds or more and occur multiple times a night.
The most common type of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, and less frequent is Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, which is really a neurological problem. With CSA, the brain does not communicate properly with the respiratory system, and apnea occurs. Additionally, some individuals have features of OSA and CSA combined, a problem called Mixed Sleep Apnea.
Treatments for sleep apnea in Long Beach
The National Sleep Foundation says that 18 million adults in the United States struggle with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. These statistics concern the professional staff at Tan Head & Neck Clinic, and they offer specialized interventions and surgeries as needed to combat the problem. Common treatments include:
- CPAP machines A continuous positive airway pressure apparatus delivers a steady stream of air through a facial mask to the individual as he or she sleeps. This keeps the airway open and relieves the snoring and breathing cessation of sleep apnea.
- Oral appliance therapy A custom-made acrylic appliance worn at night places the lower jaw forward so the airway stays open.
Surgeries such as thermal ablation of excess soft tissue (by cautery, laser or other methods) and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which reduces tissue size in the nose, tongue and soft palate, help with sleep apnea. In addition, a revolutionary procedure using a surgical robot can also 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.
Simple common sense strategies help, too. The doctors encourage patients to:
- Lose weight if obesity is a problem
- Sleep on their sides rather than on their backs
- Avoid food and alcohol before bedtime
- Elevate the head of the bed to alleviate pressure on the neck
Do something about snoring
Don't ignore it. Systemic health problems such as diabetes and stroke are linked to sleep apnea. If you snore, contact Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA for a consultation. You and your loved ones will sleep better, and you'll enjoy better overall health. Call (562) 988-8818 today.
Dealing with an annoying sore throat? Find out why this might be happening to you.
What a literal pain it is to wake up with a sore throat. This is one symptom that most will probably agree is pretty miserable. Luckily, this symptom is usually fleeting. Of course, if you are currently in the throes of a sore throat you may be wondering what could be causing it and what you can do to ease your symptoms. Our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Center, are here to help.
What could be bringing about my sore throat?
There is a pretty extensive list of problems that could be causing you to deal with a sore throat. In many cases, a virus is to blame. These viruses can range of the simple common cold to measles or mononucleosis. It’s less likely that a bacterial infection could bring about your sore throat but it’s not impossible. In fact, the most common type of bacterial infection that causes sore throats is strep.
Allergies and environmental pollutants could also be irritating your throat and causing pain and discomfort. Perhaps you suffer from nasty pollen or mold allergy attacks. This could easily cause a lingering or long-term sore throat. In some situations, those with gastrointestinal issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find that they deal with a persistent sore throat accompanied by heartburn.
We are more susceptible to sore throats when our immunity is lower, as our bodies are not as efficient at being able to fight infections when they attack. If you are under a lot of stress, if you are undergoing chemotherapy or if you aren’t getting enough sleep then you may be more prone to sore throats.
When should you see a doctor?
If you are dealing with a sore throat and any of these symptoms below then it’s certainly time to make a trip to see our Long Beach ENT doctor as soon as possible:
Don’t let a persistent sore throat get the better of you. Call Tan Head and Neck Centerin Long Beach, CA, today to find out how we can help you.
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