ENT Blog

By Dr. Christina M McAlpin
November 12, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Ear Infections  

When it comes to ear infections in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Christina McAlpin is your trusted ear, nose, and throat doctor.

What Causes an Ear Infection?

An ear infection occurs when fluid becomes trapped within the middle ear. In some instances, the sinuses are also inflamed, and the fluid can’t drain, which leads to an ear infection. Warm, moist environments allow bacteria to thrive, which creates the perfect place for an infection to develop. Once this bacteria begins to grow, a middle ear infection can develop.

What Are the Symptoms of an Ear Infection?

The most difficult thing about an ear infection is that the symptoms aren’t directly visible nor are their distinct symptoms. In fact, there is generally a combination of signs you should look for when an ear infection may be present.

The most common sign of an ear infection is ear pain. Fever often accompanies an infection. You should also watch for ear pulling, ear discharge, irritability, nasal congestion, thick and yellow nasal discharge, and simply not feeling well.

How Are Ear Infections Treated?

Although some ear infections can successfully go away on their own, some must be treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, some ear infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. One reason for this is the unnecessary and overuse of antibiotics, and because of this, doctors are becoming more cautious about prescribing them unless absolutely necessary.

How Long Is Recovery?

Once Dr. McAlpin in Los Angeles, CA, has diagnosed ear infections, it normally takes roughly two to three days for your child to start feeling better. If not, it is imperative that you call our office and let us know, as she will likely want to reexamine your child to determine what’s going on.

How Can Ear Infections Be Prevented?

As a general rule, it is rather difficult to prevent an ear infection, but there are some children who are more vulnerable to these infections than others. There are steps you can take to decrease the overall risk of ear infections. For instance, you can breastfeed, get your child the recommended vaccines, and avoid second-hand smoke exposure.

If you believe your child has developed an ear infection and needs to be seen, call (213) 745-4060 to schedule an appointment with Dr. McAlpin, your ear, nose, and throat doctor, in Los Angeles, CA, who treats ear infections.  

By Dr. Christina M McAlpin
July 23, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea occurs when our breathing becomes interrupted during the night as we try to sleep. These interruptions tend to lead to snoring and when our airway becomes completely blocked our body will force us awake to force a gasp for air so we may resume breathing. We may not always be aware when these occur but we will surely feel it in the morning because these interruptions to our breathing interrupt also our ability to have a full night of sleep. Learn more about sleep apnea by contacting Dr. Christina McAlpin in Los Angeles, CA.

Effects of Sleep Apnea

To understand why it's so important to treat sleep apnea we need to understand the adverse effects that come as a result of the condition.

Cognitive effects are the ones more readily felt, and which may give you the push toward seeking a professional diagnosis. Problems with concentration and memory are very common, so don't dismiss these symptoms if you're experiencing them. Especially with tasks that used to be easy to perform in the past. Changes in mood can also occur.

Missing sleep can also affect your immunity, possibly making you prone to short-term illness as well as to chronic conditions.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

Treating obstructive sleep apnea depends on the severity of your condition. For many, simple sleep habits changes can be enough to give you a good night's rest.

Some may benefit from a sleep guard, a device you wear in your mouth and feels like a traditional mouthguard. It works by keeping your airway from collapsing during the night.

For certain conditions, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine may be recommended instead. It also keeps your airway clear but it does so through pressurized air.

Severe cases of sleep apnea will likely require surgery, although these tend to be rare.

Your ENT doctor can help guide you toward the best treatment and it all begins with a consultation. So schedule a visit today with Dr. McAlpin in Los Angeles, CA, by dialing (213) 745-4060.

By Dr. Christina M McAlpin
June 24, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Body Contouring  

Non-surgical body contouring is an innovative way to get rid of stubborn fat. It's minimally invasive with minimal risks. How much change can you expect in your body from body contouring in Los Angeles, CA? Your doctor, Dr. Christina McAlpin will fill you in.

What Is Non-surgical Body Contouring

Non-surgical body contouring uses minimally invasive procedures such as ultrasound and cryolipolysis to destroy fat cells and give you a contoured shape. Following your diet and exercise regimen strictly can help you reach your weight loss goals sooner than you think. However, despite losing all that weight you might still be unsatisfied with how your body turned out. Stubborn fat in problem areas such as your abdomen, love handles, arms, and chin could still make you self-conscious. You can improve the appearance of cellulite from fat deposits with body contouring.

What Body Contouring Can Do for You

Burn Stubborn Fat Spot training to lose fat in specific areas of your body is impossible. However, with body contouring in Los Angeles, CA, you can target fat loss in specific areas of your body. So, that double chin that has refused to go despite all your weight loss efforts now has a solution with non-surgical body contouring.

Tighten Lose Skin and Reduce Appearance of Cellulite Fat deposits around your butt and thighs can have a lumpy or bumpy appearance. Cellulite might make you self-conscious and stop you from trying on outfits that show off your thighs. Consider getting non-surgical body contouring in Los Angeles, CA.

Types of Body Contouring Procedures

Your doctor can perform the following procedures to help reduce the appearance of cellulite:

  • Ultrasound treatment
  • Cryolipolysis

Both treatments cause the death of fat cells. After a while, your body absorbs and eliminates the dead cells to reveal the contoured body beneath. For ultrasound treatment, your doctor treats the target area with ultrasound energy. Cryolipolysison, on the other hand, freezes the fat cells to death.

Want to learn more about the benefits of non-surgical body contouring in Los Angeles, CA? Call (213) 745-4060 to schedule your consultation with Dr. McAlpin.

By Dr. Christina M McAlpin
June 23, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Ear Infection  

An ear infection is a prevalent cause of hospital visits for young kids. The common occurrence and abundant research into ear infections mean that there are numerous available treatment options. Your doctor, Dr. Christina McAlpin, can tell you What signs of ear infections to look out for in Los Angeles, CA.

Ear Infection Symptoms

For adults, it's usually a lot easier to tell if you have an ear infection. You might experience:

  • Reduced hearing
  • Fluid in ear
  • Ear pain and pressure

If you have kids, you might have to look out for other ear infection signs such as:

  • Excessive crying
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tugging on the ear
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Loss of balance

Ear Infection Diagnosis

Your doctor can diagnose your ear infection in Los Angeles, CA, based on your symptoms. When in doubt, your doctor might investigate your ear further with an otoscope. The otoscope allows them to check for fluid build-up behind your eardrum. In some cases, a puff of air from a pneumatic otoscope could also be necessary for diagnosis. Advanced tests for an ear infection that your doctor might carry out include:

  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic reflectometry
  • Tympanocentesis

Ear Infection Treatment Options

For children younger than 6 months old, your doctor will recommend antibiotics, usually Amoxicillin. Antibiotic therapy helps prevent the spread of the infection. Older children above 6 months and adults, might not need antibiotics immediately so your doctor might ask you to simply monitor the condition. Home therapies such as applying a warm compress to their ears could help relieve discomfort. You could also consider over-the-counter pain medication and ear drops to reduce your pain while you watch and wait.

If your ear infection persists, your doctor might put you on antibiotics to tackle the infection. Chronic ear infections that seem to go on for months or years might benefit from a myringotomy to release fluid buildup.

Are you having symptoms of ear infections in Los Angeles, CA? Dr. McAlpin will help you get the best available treatment for your condition when you call (213) 745-4060 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. Christina M McAlpin
April 05, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Learn all about the treatments that could help sleep apnea sufferers.

What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? It’s a sleep disorder that many people don’t even know about and many don’t even know that they have, but it can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Our Los Angeles, CA, ENT doctor, Dr. Christina McAlpin, has helped many patients manage their sleep apnea and get quality sleep night after night. You may be wondering what options are out there for managing your OSA.

Here are some of the tried-and-true sleep apnea treatment options, as well as the latest technology to come onto the market for treating sleep apnea.

CPAP Therapy

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is still considered the standard treatment for OSA. Before a person goes to bed, they will place a mask over their nose and mouth. The mask is attached to a machine that delivers pressurized air through the mask to keep the airways open throughout the night. While this is the standard form of treatment for all severities of OSA, it’s not always the ideal option for everyone. If you have sleep apnea, our Los Angeles, CA, ENT doctor will discuss all viable treatment options with you.

Oral Therapy

Oral appliance therapy or a mandibular repositioning device is a simple dental appliance that fits over upper and lower teeth. This device, which is similar to a nightguard, repositions the jaws slightly forward to keep the airways open while you sleep. This option is a great one for those with mild symptoms but is not ideal for those with more severe OSA.


This latest FDA-approved sleep apnea therapy says goodbye to the mask! Instead, a small device is implanted in the body. Three small incisions are made at the jawline and upper and lower chest where a sensor stimulates the nerve to keep airways open while you sleep. This device is turned on right before sleep and can be controlled through a small remote.

First Daytime Sleep Apnea Treatment

Yes, you read that right! As of February 2021, the FDA authorized the use of ExciteOSA, which is the first treatment for those with mild OSA that is used during the day. In just 20 minutes a day, the device is placed into the mouth where it will improve and strengthen the muscles of the tongue to prevent airway obstructions during the night.

If you are dealing with symptoms of sleep apnea here in Los Angeles, CA, the next step is to schedule an appointment with our otolaryngologist Dr. McAlpin. The sooner we catch sleep apnea the better. Call us today at (213) 745-4060 to schedule an evaluation.

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