Exhausted all day and restless all night? You could have sleep apnea?
Does your partner complain that you snore every night? If so, you might have a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that your Los Angeles otolaryngologist, Dr. Christina McAlpin, can thankfully diagnose and help you treat.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
Obviously the most classic symptom of sleep apnea is loud, chronic snoring. You may even wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air. Other symptoms include,
- Wake up with a dry or sore throat
- Severe daytime exhaustion and fatigue
- Mental fog and poor concentration
- Morning headaches
- Irritability and mood swings
- Decreased sex drive
Experiencing any of these symptoms? Then it’s probably time to schedule a sleep evaluation with Dr. McAlpin. Even if your snoring isn’t caused by sleep apnea, frequent snoring can also disrupt sleep. Our ENT doctor can help get your snoring under control, too.
What happens if I don’t treat sleep apnea?
Untreated sleep apnea won’t just cause you continual sleep problems or leave you banished to the cough forever, it can also cause some serious long-term health problems. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to these chronic and serious issues:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart attack
- Irregular heartbeat
- Depression and anxiety
Along with these major issues, sleep apnea can also lead to problems with work or school performance and increase the likelihood of accidents either on the road or at work.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Our ENT doctor may be able to determine that you have sleep apnea through a simple physical examination performed right in her Los Angeles office; however, sometimes she may need to refer patients to a sleep clinic for further testing. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. McAlpin can then discuss treatment options.
While there is no cure for sleep apnea, our team can help you manage your symptoms. The most common non-surgical way to treat sleep apnea is with CPAP treatment (continuous positive airway pressure), where a device is worn over the face to deliver pressurized air through the nose and mouth to keep airways open and free from obstructions while you sleep.
Other treatments for sleep apnea include oral appliance therapy, deviated septum repair, and other surgeries to correct abnormalities within the nose and throat that could be causing your symptoms.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you or someone you love is having trouble sleeping due to chronic snoring it’s time to turn to an ENT specialist in Los Angeles that can confirm whether you may have sleep apnea. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will finally discover what quality sleep feels like. Call our office today at (213) 745-4060.
Find out when sinus pain is warning you that there might be another issue that requires your attention.
Sinusitis is actually a pretty common problem. In fact, most people will deal with an acute sinus infection at some point during their lifetime. Of course, this condition is often nothing to write home about; however, there are certain instances in which sinus pain may be warning you of issues that may require treatment from an otolaryngologist. Find out when you should have your sinus pain evaluated by a medical professional from your ENT in Los Angeles, CA.
Not all sinus infections are created equal. Some can be due to a viral infection while others may be bacterial. A lot of the time people can’t tell the difference between the symptoms of a sinus infection and that of a common cold. Fortunately for them, the issue will usually go away on its own.
Of course, if you find these sinus issues sticking around for a couple of weeks or getting worse rather than better, it’s time to turn to an Los Angeles, CA ENT doctor who can get down to the bottom of these issues. Sinus infections lasting 12 weeks or more are considered chronic and will require medical care.
While more rare, it is possible for a sinus infection to develop some rather serious complications. By getting antibiotics from an ear, nose and throat doctor when necessary you can avoid these issues altogether.
One complication of a sinus infection is if it travels to the eyes. This can lead to redness and swelling around the eyes as well as blurry vision. If you have been experiencing signs of a sinus infection along with any eye symptoms it’s important that you seek treatment right away. Another rare complication is if the sinus infection spreads to the brain, which can lead to an abscess or meningitis.
Again, these situations are very unlikely to occur, but it’s important to be aware of these symptoms in case it should happen. Monitoring your symptoms is the best way to determine whether it’s time to see a medical professional.
Don’t let sinus pain make you feel miserable. Nip your discomfort in the bud and turn to your ENT specialist in Los Angeles, CA who will be able to create a treatment plan that will finally provide you with the much-needed relief you’ve been looking for.
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Dr. Christina M. McAlpin would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about your health and our ENT practice.
At Dr. Christina M. McAlpin we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their overall cosmetic health, ear, nose, and throat health, and overall wellbeing. Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable health care information, the latest medical developments and health advice from our dedicated team in ENT medicine.
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