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Ringing Endorsement for HCRPV & PV’s Healthcare Professionals

Posted in Doctors,HealthCare Resources by Pam on June 9, 2011
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I am very proud, and humbled by this letter that was sent to Banderas News. It is a shining example of the type of caring medical professionals that we have here in the Vallarta area. We work as a team, this is not just about HealthCare Resources.

This is also another example of a person taking responsibility for their health care! These folks were note-takers, question-askers, researchers and communicators. The process moved quickly and smoothly because of their great participation and search for the correct answers. To say I am humbled is an understatement. (more…)


Interview with Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

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Summer vacations, hot weather and ways to cool off bring numerous trips to the swimming pool and beach! Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than an earache/ear infection! We sat down with Dr. Diaz-Nuñez, ENT extraordinaire, and posed a few questions:

HCR: After swimming in a pool or ocean, what is the best way to immediately get water out of your ears?

Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Dr. Diaz: The most traditional way is to tilt your head forward, looking at the ground and shaking your head left and right.  If it is just water that is caught, that should clear it.  If it doesn’t, it may mean that you have some debris or ear wax holding in the water.  Avoid manipulating your ear with keys, pens, pencils or Q-Tips. By the way, Q-tips were not made to clean INSIDE the ear canal, just outside!  If in the next 24 hours it does not clear up, it is best to see an ENT.

Sand will go in to every natural orifice that we have, including our ears.  As soon as we go under water, the canal expands and gets pushed against our ear drum and there is humidity retained behind this plug, increasing the sensation of a plugged ear.  When there is already pre-existing ear wax plug or some other debris in our ears, the sensation is increased.  The humid condition in the ears opens the pores of the skin in the ear canals and makes an easy access for fungi and bacteria to enter and cause an infection. Pain usually equals infection.


Interview with Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Since this is the time of year that so many folks are planning their return trip (or vacation) to Puerto Vallarta, we thought it would be a good idea to interview Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez, one of HealthCare Resources’ favorite physicians. He is an Otolaryngologist – but it is much easier to say he is an “ENT” (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.)

Pamela: Is there anything that one can do prior to boarding a plane for a flight, to “protect” their ears?

Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez, OtolaryngoloistDr. Diaz: If you have a history of ear problems with pressure changes, you should definitely do something preventative. The first thing is to make sure your nose is not “stuffed up.” If this is the case you may use a decongestant, such as Afrin, 1 day prior to the flight and then use it twice daily but not for more than three days. Be sure and read the instructions to make sure you have no contradictions. If the stuffy nose is caused from allergies, prescription antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Allegra are recommended to begin using at least 5 days prior to the flight along with a nasal spray of saline solution, which may be purchased over-the-counter.