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By Victor Strelzow, MD
June 05, 2020
Category: Snoring
Tags: snoring   sleeping problems  

Snoring can become a serious issue in any relationship but more importantly, it can be a serious and life-threatening chronic and snoring and sleeping problemsprogressively worsening effect for your health. It can be hard to get a good night’s sleep when your partner is lying next to you snoring all night. Around 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women are habitual snorers, means a lot of sleepless nights resulting in sleep deprivation for both partners. However, there often are safe and effective solutions. Dr. Victor Strelzow has been treating patients with helpful treatment options for their all of their snoring and sleep disturbance problems for decades.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring occurs when not enough air is able to pass through the nose, back of the mouth and throat and over the back of the tongue region.  It vibrates of the surrounding tissues and creates the rattling sound called snoring. Not only is snoring an increasing problem for you and your sleeping partner, but as it continues and gets progressively worse with age, becomes more and more critical to your good mental and physical health!

If you are a habitual snorer, it’s best to find a solution before it progresses to more serious health problems. Snoring is a serious sign of blockage to you breathing, and may be associated with insomnia, more severe obstructive sleep apnea, daytime fatigue, loss of memory and concentration, Increasing work Issues, impotence, heartburn, and with increasingly low oxygen levels in the blood is also associated with increases in stroke, heart arrhythmias and heart attacks, chronic headaches and increasing dementia etc., etc.

Effective Treatments for Snoring

Dr. Strelzow has specialized in Snoring and Sleep Disorders for decades and offers a range of personalized treatment options that can help you and your partner make it through the night and in many cases improve their quality of life.

 These may include:

  • A specialized clinical examination: After a medical history, your Irvine ENT Dr. Strelzow will perform an examination and explain what’s contributing to your sleeping disorder. He can then discuss possible further testing and your options for treatment.
  • Sleep hygiene counseling: Sleep hygiene practices are important for your physical and mental health.
  • In-office snoring treatment: If snoring is a serious problem for you or your bed partner, Dr. Strelzow may recommend in office, minimally invasive, local "tissue tightening" treatment under local anesthesia.
  • Airway management: If your snoring is caused by a more severe sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, Dr. Strelzow may recommend or specific airway interventions, such as corrective surgery, or using CPAP or dental appliances/technology.

Don’t suffer from noisy sleepless nights any longer. If you or your partner are habitual snorers you think you stop breathing at night's with apnea, contact Dr. Strelzow today on (949) 753-9299 for an appointment in Irvine, CA.

By Victor Strelzow, MD
March 02, 2020
Category: ENT

Determine what’s causing your symptoms and what you should do about it.

A cold can bring some rather unpleasant symptoms along with it—a runny nose, nasal congestion, fatigue. So, how do you know whether acute sinusitisyou are dealing with a typical run-of-the-mill cold or something else like a sinus infection? As our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist Dr. Victor Strelzow can tell you, it isn’t always easy to spot the difference. Here’s what you should know about these two common health problems,

The Common Cold

If you have a cold, chances are that you’ll experience at least a few of these symptoms,

  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Facial pressure
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Chills

If you have a cold the good news is that it will go away on its own. You can usually ease your symptoms by getting rest, staying hydrated and taking medications such as decongestants or nasal sprays designed to target symptoms such as a persistent cough or nasal congestion.

Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis or sinus infection occurs when a virus or a bacteria enters the sinuses causing the lining to swell, which can lead to a partial or complete blockage of the sinuses. This can prevent mucus from properly draining and lead to a host of unpleasant symptoms including,

  • Nasal congestion
  • Thick discharge (typically yellow or green in appearance)
  • Nasal pain and pressure
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Fever (more common in bacterial sinusitis)
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth
  • Reduced smell and taste

When to See an ENT

While a common cold may not have you racing to see your nearest Irvine, CA, ENT doctor (and with good reason) it is important to recognize problems and symptoms that warrant seeing a medical professional.

A cold will usually go away or at least improve within about three to five days; however, if you are still dealing with symptoms for more than 7-10 days and they aren’t getting better this could be a sign of acute sinusitis. Symptoms that don’t improve or symptoms that get worse warrant a doctor’s visit.

Looking for a top-rated doctor in Orange County, CA, that can provide you with comprehensive ENT services? If so, call Dr. Strelzow’s office in Irvine, CA, at (949) 791-9640 to schedule an evaluation.

By Victor Strelzow, MD
February 24, 2020
Category: ENT
Tags: Cancer  

It’s important to recognize changes in your body and health so you know when to turn to a doctor.

It is estimated that around 65,410 people will develop head and neck cancer this year in the US alone. This condition can affect people of all ages; however, the majority of cases tend to be people over the age of 50 years old. As with any type of cancer, it’s important to catch it as early as possible when it’s highly treatable. Your ENT professional in Irvine, CA, Dr. Victor Strelzow, can diagnose and treat head and neck cancer.

Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer:

  • Tender red or white patches in the mouth
  • A painful lump in the neck or mouth
  • Persistent or recurring sore throats
  • Hoarseness or other vocal changes
  • Trouble chewing or swallowing
  • Frequent nosebleeds, often on one side
  • Ear pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Blood in saliva
  • Unexplained and sudden weight loss
  • Fatigue

If you are experiencing any symptoms it is important that you turn to your doctor right away for a proper diagnosis. While these symptoms may be a sign of head or neck cancer, it’s also important to recognize that other conditions can cause some of these same symptoms. If you are worried that you might have cancer our Irvine, CA, ENT doctor can perform the proper tests to rule it out.

What can an otolaryngologist do for me?

Dr. Strelzow has received additional training to be able to provide valuable insight and to create treatment plans for patients with head and neck cancer. Additionally, we have advanced imaging tests right here in-office to diagnose or rule out the condition. We also can collaborate with your current doctors to come up with the very best treatment options and care to remove benign or malignant tumors. For patients who are dealing with structural changes as a result of tumor or growth removal, Dr. Strelzow also offers face and neck reconstructive surgery.

Concerned? Give us a call

We understand just how scary head and neck cancer can be. Our goal is to provide patients with the supportive, respectful, and understanding care they need from our whole team. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or changes in your health that have you concerned, call our Irvine, CA, ENT office today at (949) 753-9299.

By Victor Strelzow, MD
February 13, 2020
Category: ENT
Tags: Swallowing   Voice Changes  

Our ENT doctor can rule out cancer-related swallowing disorders or vocal changes.

Noticing changes in your ability to properly swallow food? Dealing with chronic hoarseness that makes it difficult to speak up and be heard? There are a variety of reasons why you might be dealing with voice or swallowing problems and our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist Dr. Victor Strelzow can give you the answers you’re looking for while also providing you with any treatment you might need.

What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. You may feel as if there is food stuck in the back of your throat, you may cough regularly whenever eating something or you may feel as if there is a lump on your throat. If this is a consistent issue then it’s worth turning to a doctor. Dysphagia can be caused by congenital defects, trauma, medications and certain medical conditions. It will be nearly impossible to pinpoint the root cause of your dysphagia unless you turn to our Irvine, CA, ENT doctor.

What can cause vocal changes?

There are a variety of medical conditions and vocal disorders that can impact your speech. Any kind of vocal abuse or misuse can lead to acute hoarseness or a raspy voice. Irritants such as smoke or chronic coughing due to illness can also lead to vocal changes. While some causes will go away it’s important that you see a doctor if you experience,

  • Persistent hoarseness or a sore throat lasting more than two weeks
  • Trouble speaking loudly
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Reduced vocal range
  • Increase mucus in the throat
  • Any additional changes in your voice

Many people turn to our Dr. Strelzow because he has received extensive training to be able to diagnose and also rule out head and neck cancer. Patients who may be concerned that their symptoms may be caused by head and neck cancer, as well as patients who are at an increased risk for these forms of cancer, can find the diagnosis and treatment they need from Dr. Strelzow and his compassionate, caring team.

If you are dealing with hoarseness, vocal changes or trouble swallowing our Irvine, CA, ENT medical team can help. Call our office today at (949) 753-9299.

By Victor Strelzow, MD
January 30, 2020
Category: Snoring
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Get your snoring under control for better sleep and better health.

While snoring every once in a while usually isn’t a cause for concern, if your bed partner has been complaining that you snore loudly everysnoring night, it could be a warning sign of a health problem. Fortunately, our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist Dr. Victor Strelzow has treated a variety of snoring cases to help everyone sleep sounder each night.

Why is Snoring a Problem?

First and foremost, snoring can interrupt not only your sleep but your partner’s sleep, as well. Not having good restorative sleep every night can have a major impact not just on your work performance and your mood but also your health and your marriage.

Furthermore, loud chronic snoring could also be indicative of a serious problem such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes a person to stop breathing throughout the night. Untreated OSA has been linked to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other serious health problems, which is why you should seek medical care if you or someone you love is a loud snorer.

How Our Otolaryngologist Can Help with Snoring

Dr. Strelzow can help provide specific and comprehensive treatment options to patients living with sleep apnea and snoring disorders in and around Irvine, CA. Our ENT practice offers a variety of medical and surgical interventions, depending on the type and cause of your snoring, as well as a patient’s lifestyle and needs. We provide sleep hygiene education and counseling to make sure that you are taking the necessary precautions to get quality sleep each and every night.

Along with counseling and advice, we also offer CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, snoring/sleep apnea adjuvant treatments, as well as surgery to correct nasal, throat and tongue defects that may also be affecting your ability to breathe throughout the night.

If you are looking to get relief from your nocturnal disturbances and improve you and your partner’s sleep call our Irvine, CA, ENT office today at (949) 753-9299 to schedule a consultation with us.

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