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Southern California Head & Neck Blog


Preventing and Treating Nosebleeds

Posted: February 22, 2018 By: Abbas Anwar, MD

Nosebleeds are a common issue we deal with as otolaryngologist, especially during the dry winter months. The dry, colder air as well as the heat from heaters can cause small cracks in the lining of the nasal septum resulting in a nose bleed. Here’s what you can do to help prevent nosebleeds and steps you can take if you do end up having a nosebleed

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Snoring – A Possible Sign of a More Serious Issue

Posted: January 11, 2018 By: Abbas Anwar, MD

Consistent and restful sleep is an imperative part of our lives. We all go to bed hoping to wake up and feel re-energized for the next day. Unfortunately, for some, snoring and restless sleep in general can keep us from feeling well rested during the day. If you are constantly tired during the day despite sleeping 7-8 hours every night or if you snore loudly throughout the night you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

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Ear Pain and Pressure on Airplanes

Posted: December 15, 2017 By: Abbas Anwar, MD

Ear issues on flights are very common, whether it is the feeling of pressure build-up in the ear while descending or even ear drum perforations. But why do these issues occur? Who is more prone to these issues? And what can be done to help prevent or relieve these nagging ear problems when at high altitudes? Click below to learn more.

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Balloon Sinuplasty – Is it Right for You?

Posted: November 22, 2017 By: Abbas Anwar, MD

Sinus infections affect nearly 35 million people in the US and is one of the most common issues we see here at Southern California Head & Neck. The symptoms can be debilitating and can cause you to feel sick and even miss days of school or work. We are usually able to treat sinusitis with medications, including antibiotics, steroids, and nasal sprays. However, when those don’t work, what options do you have? Balloon sinuplasty may be your solution.

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The Great Q-Tip Debate

Posted: November 2, 2017 By: Abbas Anwar, MD

Are q-tips safe to use in the ear? Why does it feel so good to clean your ear canal with a q-tip? And if they are so dangerous, how are you supposed to clean your ears? Dr. Anwar was recently quoted in an article on Prevention.com discussing the topic. Click on the link below to learn more.

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There is a Reason You Sneeze When Looking into the Light

Posted: October 18, 2017 By: Abbas Anwar, MD

Have you ever tried to look into the light or the sun to sneeze? If you have, you are not alone. Dr. Anwar was recently featured in an article on BuzzFeed discussing this phenomenon. It is called the photic sneeze reflex and is actually an inherited condition. Check out the link to the BuzzFeed article below to find out more.

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Tinnitus Diagnosis and Remedies

Posted: October 6, 2017 By: Abbas Anwar, MD

Tinnitus affects over fifty million people in the U.S. Tinnitus is described as a nagging buzzing, whistling, whining, or screeching noise in head or ears that varies in intensity and can be intermittent or constant. The degree of loudness and even the type of sound is particular to each person. Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease, which can accompany any type of hearing loss. But is tinnitus something you should be concerned about? Well, it depends.

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