By Northwest ENT & Allergy Care
May 02, 2014
Category: ENT
Tags: Asthma   Asthma Treatment   Allergies   Allergens  

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  Spring is the peak season for both asthma and allergy sufferers. During the month of May, as your Milwaukie and Portland area ENT, we strive to raise further awareness for you so that you can better understand your asthma or allergies. To help you better understand asthma and allergies let’s take a look at 3 important facts for each.
 

3 Asthma Facts You Should Know

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in your lungs and can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, or tightness and pain in the chest. If you suffer from asthma you may experience one or all of those symptoms, which can be disruptive to your daily activities.
  1. Asthma attacks are triggered by allergens, exercise, smoke, pollution, or airway infections.
  2. Asthma is the number one reason why children are missing school, which accounts for over 10 million missed school days a year.
  3. It is a common myth that a child will outgrow his or her asthma. In fact, children with persistent asthma still have symptoms into adulthood.

3 Allergy Facts You Should Know

April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes.  Spring is when allergy season begins and can last into the summer months, causing many people to experience an array of symptoms. The common allergy culprits are pollens, as well as mold.  The three allergy facts you should know are:
  1. There is no cure for allergies, but there is symptom relief through modification and prevention.
  2. Timing is key when taking your medications for your allergy—you should begin taking your medication two weeks before symptoms typically begin.
  3.  Allergies are on the rise, as more adults and children are diagnosed with allergies every year.
During the month of May, visit our Milwaukie, OR ENT office for more information on asthma and allergies. We will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to eliminate your symptoms.
By Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC
April 30, 2014
Category: ENT Service
Tags: Asthma   Asthma Treatment  

Breathe Easy with Asthma Treatments

Do you understand asthma and the treatments available? With the guidance of our ENT in Milwaukie, OR, we want to help you find the asthma treatment that best meets your individual needs. While there is no cure for asthma, we can control your symptoms. To learn more about asthma treatment in Milwaukie, read on.
 

What is Asthma?

When your airways narrow and swell, producing extra mucus, this is asthma. Through this, breathing can become difficult, which can trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For some people, asthma is only a minor complication, but for others it is a major problem that can interfere with their daily activities. Some people may also experience life-threatening asthma attacks.
 

What Asthma Treatments are Available?

Prevention and long-term control is key in stopping asthma attacks before they begin. Asthma treatment in Milwaukie involves learning to recognize your triggers, taking steps to avoid them and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping your symptoms under control.
 
To determine what the right medications are for you, a visit to our ENT in Milwaukie for asthma treatments is needed. The treatment created will depend on a number of things, including your age, asthma triggers and what works best to keep it under control. Through preventive, long-term control asthma treatments in Milwaukie, it helps to reduce the inflammation in your airways that triggers your symptoms. Quick relief inhalers are often used to quickly open swollen airways that are limiting breathing, while other cases might require allergy medications.
 
To determine the best asthma treatments, visit our office for further consultation. We will work with you to determine the best course of action so you can breathe easy once again.
By Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC
February 26, 2014
Category: ENT
Tags: Silent Reflux   Acid Reflux  

Silent Reflux – What is it and how do you diagnose and treat it?

What is silent Reflux?

While many people are familiar with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its primary symptom, heartburn, people may not be aware of a related but distinct condition known as laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR) or silent reflux. Silent reflux affects over 50 million Americans, yet the condition is often overlooked and misdiagnosed.  Left untreated, this condition not only causes several bothersome symptoms but can also lead to life-threatening cancer. 
 
The most common symptoms of silent reflux are hoarseness, chronic cough, throat clearing, excessive throat mucus, postnasal drip, sensation of lump in the throat, sore or burning throat, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, and bad breath. Silent reflux may also be confused with other conditions such as sleep apnea, asthma, and COPD.  It is important to distinguish silent reflux from these other conditions as the consequences of misdiagnosis may have dire consequences, and the treatment for each condition is quite different. As you may have noticed, heartburn is not listed as a common symptom of silent reflux and it is the absence of this symptom that often leads to confusion by patients and misdiagnosis by clinicians who may not be unfamiliar with silent reflux.
 
One reason why silent reflux is often overlooked is because medical specialists often learn about different aspects of how stomach acid and enzymes affect the body. For instance, gastroenterologists are knowledgeable on the affects of stomach acid and enzymes on the stomach and esophagus. Pulmonologists are concerned with their affects on the lungs and airways. With regard to silent reflux, which primarily affects the throat and sinuses, otolaryngologists are most likely to identify and treat the condition.  Therefore, it is important to seek out the right medical specialist to properly diagnose and treat silent reflux.
 

How to diagnose and treat Silent Reflux?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of silent reflux described above, you should schedule an appointment with us at NW ENT & Allergy. Your visit will include a thorough discussion of your symptoms, as well as a procedure called a fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy. During this procedure we use a small, fiberoptic camera to visualize the throat and voice box. We are looking for swelling and irritation of these areas that are indicative of silent reflux. We are also looking for signs of throat cancer, certainly the most serious and dire manifestation of silent reflux.
 
Treatment for silent reflux may include medication to neutralize stomach acid, dietary changes, and/or lifestyle modifications, such as changing meals times and weight loss. It is important to understand that silent reflux is often difficult to treat and it may take weeks to months to alleviate your symptoms. Take action against silent reflux and schedule an appointment with us today.
By Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC
January 08, 2014
Category: ENT
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Milwaukie  
Sleep Apnea Treatment MilwaukieWhether you or a loved one wakes up from snoring, it can cause a strain in your relationship and sleep pattern.  By visiting us in Milwaukie, your sleep apnea can be treated by Dr. Adrian Varela.  Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing during periods of sleep.  The cessation of breathing usually occurs because of a blockage in the airway. 
 
The relaxed muscles at the back of the throat cause the throat to close.  This stops breathing, typically from 20 seconds to up to 3 minutes.  Most sleep apnea sufferers experience this cycle of snoring, apnea and awakening five or more times a night.  This condition has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease, making it very important to understand if you have sleep apnea.
 

Causes of Sleep Apnea

 
Sleep apnea occurs when muscles in the back of your throat relax.  These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate, the tonsils and the tongue.  When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, and breathing momentarily stops.  This may lower the level of oxygen in your blood.  Your brain senses this inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so you can reopen your airway.  This awakening is usually so brief you don’t remember it. 
 
You can awaken with a transient shortness of breath that corrects itself quickly, within one or two deep breaths.  You may make a snorting, choking, or gasping sound and this process can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night long.  These disruptions impair your ability to reach the desired deep, restful phases of sleep, and you’ll probably feel sleepy during your waking hours.
 

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Milwaukie

 
Some simple techniques for alleviating mild apnea are to sleep on your sides and not your back.  Avoid alcohol or sedatives before bedtime.  In mild cases, treatment may consist of nasal decongestants, inhaled steroid preparations or oral mouth devices that force the jaw forward to prevent the tongue from falling back and constricting the throat. 
 
More aggressive treatment depends on the diagnosis.  An examination will reveal if your snoring is caused by nasal allergy, infection, deformity, or tonsils and adenoids.  Snoring or obstructive sleep apnea may respond to various treatments offered by Dr. Varela, our experienced ENT in Milwaukie, OR.
 
If surgery is too risky or unwanted, you may sleep every night with a nasal mask that delivers air pressure to the throat.  In severe cases, surgery may be called for to open the airway, including a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy or deviated septum repair. A sleep study, which can now be done at home, in your own bed, can be done to determine if you have sleep apnea.
 
If you suffer from debilitating snoring or think you may have sleep apnea, contact us at Northwest ENT & Allergy in Milwaukie for sleep apnea treatment options and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adrian Varela.  Snoring and sleep apnea are not something to ignore.  Early treatment is important in protecting your health in the long run.
By Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC
December 03, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC

Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about your health and our practice.

At Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their overall health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable health care information, the latest medical developments and health advice from our dedicated team. 

Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper health care and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

-- Northwest ENT & Allergy Care PC





This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.