Posts for category: Otolaryngology
Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can affect people of all ages and losing your hearing can leave you feeling isolated from friends and family. Aging isn’t the only cause of hearing loss. It can be caused by trauma to the head, illness, or working in a noisy environment. One important thing to remember if you are losing your hearing is that you are not alone, there are medical experts who can help you. Dr. Christina M. McAlpin is a Los Angeles-based doctor who knows how important it is to get the right care for hearing loss.
How to Protect Your Hearing
Los Angeles residents can reduce their risk of hearing loss with the following practices:
- Use earplugs: If you work or play in a noisy environment, protect your hearing with earplugs. If you are having to shout to the person next to you because of noises such as music at a club or concert, chain saws, lawnmowers, or factory equipment, you are experiencing a dangerous level of sound.
- Keep your volume down: You may love to listen to your favorite tunes through your earbuds or headphones but if you want to take care of your ears, medical experts recommend that you keep your volume level below 60% and don’t listen any longer than 60 minutes per day.
- Don’t use cotton swabs: Many people use swabs to clean wax from their ear canal but it is unnecessary and can even be dangerous. Your ears are designed to self-clean and wax is important for preventing dust and other small particles from entering your ear canal where it can be harmful. If you think you have excess wax, the best solution is to seek medical help.
- Keep your ears dry: Too much moisture in your ears can lead to a build-up of bacteria that can attack the inner ear canal causing severe infection and affecting your hearing. Always dry your ears carefully after swimming.
- Stay active: You may not realize it, but exercise is good for your ears. Whether you prefer cycling, running, or walking, cardio exercises get your blood pumping throughout your body and that means your ears too.
- Get regular screenings: Your ENT physician can conduct a hearing test as part of your regular check-up. This way you can take action as soon as any hearing loss is detected.
Don’t let hearing loss take over your life. Call Dr. McAlpin on (213) 745-4060 and let her help you get back on the path to hearing.
Is your snoring so loud that it disrupts your household? Excessive snoring often signals a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. If you are concerned about your snoring, you could benefit from a consultation with otolaryngologist Dr. Christina McAlpin in her Los Angeles, CA, clinic.
Characteristics of sleep apnea
This sleep disorder affects 25 million American adults, finds the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Plus, the problem is on the rise—most likely due to escalating obesity.
Here's how it happens. As a person with sleep apnea rests, the tissues at the back of the throat—tongue, uvula, and others—relax. Then, they block the passage of air. This causes snoring and repeated episodes of apnea or breathing cessation. Sound dangerous? It is, for the person is deprived of oxygen and constantly wakes up, gasping for air
This most common kind of sleep apnea is called OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea. Some individuals have central sleep apnea which involves poor communication between the lungs and nervous system. This is less common than OSA as is mixed sleep apnea, which combines features of OSA and CSA.
Long-term, sleep apnea leads to noticeable problems with daily function, such as fatigue, depression, sleepiness, memory fog, and poor concentration. Systemic health problems develop, too—conditions such as:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Type-2 diabetes
- Cardiac arrhythmias
Do you have sleep apnea?
If you suspect you do, contact Dr. Christina McAlpin at her Los Angeles office. She can examine you and review your symptoms to make a diagnosis and treatment plan. She may recommend a monitored sleep study that measures your vital signs and breathing patterns during the night.
Treating sleep apnea
To manage sleep apnea symptoms, some people benefit from interventions such as:
- Sleeping on one side (this is called positional therapy)
- Losing weight
- Avoiding sedatives and alcohol before bedtime because they relax the muscles of the throat
- Smoking cessation
- Taking decongestants if you suffer from nasal polyps
More invasive interventions include surgery to remove large tonsils and adenoids or adding stiffeners to the roof of the mouth to support it. People who suffer from seasonal allergies may benefit from decongestants.
In addition, you and your ENT doctor may investigate oral appliance therapy. These customized acrylic appliances keep the jaw in a forward position, and thus, open the airway and keep it patent during the night.
Another popular and effective therapy for persistent sleep apnea is CPAP. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The patient wears a facial mask through which a bedside machine delivers a constant flow of air. The air keeps the back of the throat open, eliminating snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms. Some people benefit from a combination of oral appliance therapy and CPAP.
Time to see an ENT doctor?
Dr. Christina McAlpin will be happy to help you with your sleep apnea symptoms and management. Call her Los Angeles, CA, office today for more information: (213) 745-4060.
Ever wish that you could get rid of stubborn fat without undergoing surgery? Nonsurgical body contouring is perfect for you. This treatment eliminates stubborn areas of fat to effectively shape and contour your body.
Despite leading an active and healthy lifestyle, some patients still can't lose the unwanted fat in the stomach, waist, legs, arms, and buttocks. This is where nonsurgical body contouring comes in handy. Here at the practice of Dr. Christina McAlpin in Los Angeles, CA, we use this technique to blast unwanted fat and get you in the best shape of your life. To understand what body contouring can do for you, take a look at its benefits below.
Nonsurgical Body Contouring Targets Multiple Body Parts
If you need to get rid of stubborn fat in various areas of your body all at the same time, body contouring is the most convenient and cost-effective way to achieve this.
Nonsurgical Body Contouring is Completely Non-Invasive
Unlike liposuction and other surgical procedures that involve removing fat and even some of the skin, nonsurgical body contouring is very non-invasive. It doesn’t put any significant physical stress on your body and there’s no bleeding and anesthesia involved. This means that you won’t have to deal with the potential risks of post-surgery complications. These typically include infections, pain and discomfort, hypoglycemia, weight gain, nausea and vomiting, and gallstones.
Nonsurgical Body Contouring Is Ideal for Almost Everyone
For patients who are immunocompromised or have blood conditions, they are disqualified for major surgical procedures such as liposuction. Body contouring, however, could work for virtually anyone, no matter their age, shape, size, and weight. Do note though that the best candidates for the procedure are individuals that are close to their target weight and need to get rid of stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to exercise and diet. You can visit your doctor in Los Angeles, CA, to determine your eligibility for the body contouring.
Nonsurgical Body Contouring Offers Easier and Faster Recovery
Incisions and bruises associated with surgical procedures like liposuction could leave you bedridden and unable to go about your normal activities for several days to weeks. But since nonsurgical body contouring is non-invasive, you’ll only feel some discomfort on the treatment sites. It’s an extremely simple procedure that could give you remarkable and lasting results, provided that you live a healthy lifestyle to help maintain and maximize your results.
Want to Know More About Nonsurgical Body Contouring? Call Us
Contact the practice of Dr. Christina McAlpin here in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (213) 745-4060 to schedule your appointment.
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.