Sinusitis


Sinusitis in Children – CT Sinus Center

sinusitis in children

You don’t often hear about children having sinusitis and that’s because (a) their sinuses don’t fully develop until the late teenage years and (b) the symptoms can closely mirror other conditions such as allergies, colds, ear infections and adenoid infections. This isn’t to say that kids don’t get sinus infections, just that sometimes they are more difficult to diagnose than in adults.

How do I know if my child may have a sinus infection?

According to American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the signs of pediatric sinusitis include:

  • A cold lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with a low-grade fever
  • Thick yellow-green nasal drainage
  • Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath,
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • A headache, usually in children age six or older
  • Irritability or fatigue
  • Swelling around the eyes

You may notice that these symptoms are a little different than those of adult sinusitis. The causes, on the other hand, are usually quite similar. With the exception that as small children have a tendency to stick things up their nose, getting an object stuck can cause infections in that age group as well.


Also like adults, children can have either acute or chronic sinusitis, viral or bacterial — all of which receive different treatments. So if you think your child may be suffering from sinusitis, it’s best to go to a doctor such as our expert physicians at Connecticut Sinus Center.

What should I expect when I bring my child to the sinus doctor?

With a gentle bedside manner, the first thing the doctor will do is talk to you and your child about their medical history and symptoms. Depending on the case, the doctor may suggest your child undergo the following tests:

  • Nasal endoscopy, in which a thin, flexible tube with a fiber-optic light is inserted through your nose.
  • Imaging studies, in which a CT Scan or MRI can show details images of your sinuses.
  • Nasal/sinus cultures, though generally unnecessary, which might help pinpoint a bacterial or fungal cause.
  • Allergy tests recommended if your doctor suspects the condition may be brought on by allergies.

With most sinus infections, rest and/or antibiotics do the trick, and our doctors will find the right treatment for your child’s needs. Make an appointment at one of CT Sinus’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — by calling 860-BALLOON. Just think of how much better you’ll feel when your child is feeling better.

For more information on sinus-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.


What is the Best Way to Cure Sinusitis in Connecticut? | CT Sinus Center

Sinusitis Cure

 

That is a great question and one that is on anyone’s mind who has ever suffered from the symptoms of chronic sinus issues or sinusitis. The physical symptoms are bad enough on their own; they include:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Repeat sinus infections that don’t seem to respond to medication
  • Regular dizziness and disorientation as a result of sinus pressure

And then there are the skyrocketing costs of medications, copays and insurance deductibles. We haven’t even begun to discuss the other non-monetary, non-medical side effects of sinus suffering in this blog. However, if you do experience chronic sinusitis, you don’t need us to tell you how bad it can be.

What is a chronic sinusitis sufferer to do?

There are many ways you can treat your symptoms without medical intervention:

  • Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air
  • Using a saline nose spray to keep your nasal passages moisturized
  • Changing air filters regularly in humidifiers and air purifiers
  • Keeping your home free of dust and mold
  • Staying hydrated

Of course, there are many ways to treat your symptoms using prescription or over-the-counter medications too:

The thing is that all of these treatments only temporarily help your symptoms and don’t actually get to the root of the sinus problems. Only when you address the real issue will you find permanent relief.

How do I find permanent relief from chronic sinus issues?

The answer is balloon sinuplasty. At Connecticut Sinus Center, we offer this procedure in all four of our offices around the state. It is done under local anesthesia and in about an hour.

During the procedure, one of our expert physicians will slide an inflatable tube into your nasal passages. As this happens, you may feel a little pressure, but no pain. When the balloon is inflated, it provides your doctor with the opportunity to drain your nasal passages using a sterile saline solution. This balloon helps open the sinus passages, decreasing the risk of your condition returning ever again. The benefits include:

In fact, according to the American Sinus Institute, “Those who have had Balloon Sinuplasty performed have reported no relapses in their symptoms two years after the procedure.”

To learn more about the procedure, visit our blog “Bursting Beliefs About Balloon Sinus Dilation.”

Isn’t it time you stopped asking how to cure chronic sinusitis and actually did it? Call 860-BALLOON today to schedule an appointment at one of our four conveniently located offices in Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury.

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Balloon Sinuplasty: Side Effects and Recovery Time

Balloon sinuplasty can help you find permanent relief from chronic sinusitis symptoms. This non-invasive procedure is done in the office, under local anesthesia, in about an hour. In fact, according to the American Sinus Institute, “Those who have had Balloon Sinuplasty performed have reported no relapses in their symptoms two years after the procedure.”

But if it’s that easy, why aren’t more people having it done? One reason for the reluctance is that people are worried about the side effects and recovery time. So in this blog, we are going to take a look at what the side effects of balloon sinuplasty are; and we bet when you’re done reading, you’ll be ready to make an appointment at Connecticut Sinus Center.

What should you expect before the procedure? 

The one thing to keep in mind is that balloon sinuplasty is a medical procedure, and all procedures, no matter how minor or serious, pose risks. That said, as far as procedures go, this one leaves you with very little to worry about.

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia: Because such a small amount is used on such a small part of your body, it’s unlikely that you will have any side effects from its administration. It is possible, but extremely rare, to have an allergic reaction to local anesthesia, so if you have experienced this in the past, alert your doctor.
  • Infection: It’s unlikely that you will develop an infection after balloon sinuplasty since it is non-invasive, but your doctor will send you home with discharge instructions and possibly an antibiotic to make sure that you remain on your path to wellness.
  • Pain: Patients will testify that the procedure may cause a feeling of pressure in their sinus cavity, but not pain. This, too, is quickly resolved.
  • Postoperative bleeding: The tissue in your nose is sensitive and the slightest scratch can cause a bit of bleeding. Also, some minor blood drainage is to be expected, not unlike when you are extremely congested and find blood in your tissue after blowing your nose.
  • Swelling: Inflammation is your body’s normal response when reacting to something foreign. In this procedure, both the tube and the balloon are unfamiliar objects, and some minor swelling may occur and then go down quickly.

Recovery time for balloon sinuplasty varies from person to person, but on average, patients are back to feeling like themselves (only better) in 24 to 48 hours.

Are you eligible for Balloon Sinuplasty? 

If you experience chronic sinus pressure and pain, dizziness and repeat infections, you just may be the ideal candidate. Schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center’s expert team to find out for sure. When you come in, we’ll take the time to sit down and talk with you, answering all your questions, fully explaining the procedure, and completely putting you at east. And when it comes time for the balloon sinuplasty procedure, in just under an hour, it’ll be over and you’ll be breathing freely and painlessly.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices: Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury. Finding permanent relief is easier and more worry-free than it’s ever been.  

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.

 


21 Resources for Sinus Issues — CT Sinus Center

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If you have ever researched the symptoms of and remedies for sinus issues, you’ll have found a plethora of information — not all of it consistent. As a leader in sinus care, CT Sinus Center prides ourselves on not only being able to help Connecticut residents but also to educate them on the condition through our blog. Here we have compiled a list of resources that will accurately tell you everything you should know about sinus issues. If you have any other questions you’d like us to write about, let us know on our social media page.

What are the common (and uncommon) symptoms of sinusitis?

What are the traditional (and nontraditional) treatments for sinus issues?

What should I know about sinus treatment at CT Sinus Center

How can CT Sinus Center help me?

We offer a non-invasive, in-office procedure called balloon sinus dilation that can end your sinus suffering forever. The great news is that if you are experiencing the following chronic symptoms, you may be an ideal candidate for the procedure:

  • Chronic sinus headaches
  • Regular facial and sinus pain
  • Repeat sinus infections that don’t seem to respond to medication
  • Regular dizziness and disorientation as a result of sinus pressure

Stop suffering!

Connecticut, you do not have to live with sinusitis. Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — and get the permanent sinus relief you’re looking for.  

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.

 


Kent: New Place, Same Permanent Relief

KentHaving a sinus issue can be a burden, but we offer numerous procedures that can help at our four different locations throughout Connecticut. If you were a patient of our former CT Sinus Center office in Sharon, you may already know that it has moved to 27 North Main Street, Unit 7A, in Kent, CT! This new state-of-the-art office is taking appointments and offering patients the same sinus relief that has been changing lives for years. Trying to figure out if you should give us a call? Find out below.

Signs You Need Sinus Relief from Our Kent Office

Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Facial pain
  • Facial pressure
  • Sinus headaches
  • Chronic sinus infections

If you’ve answered yes, we’ve got great news! We can help. Come to our newest office in Kent to see what we can do for you and find out if you are a candidate for balloon sinus dilation. This non-invasive, in-office procedure will reshape your nasal passages to promote drainage and natural healing, ending sinus issues permanently.

Meet Dr. Larry Marcus

Dr. Larry Marcus is the primary doctor of the new Kent office. With hours of operation of 8:30- 5:00 pm, don’t forget to get ahead and book your appointment as soon as possible. Schedule your appointment today at our Kent office by calling 860-BALLOON. There’s no need to suffer from sinus pain and pressure any longer.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.


Chiropractors: Cracking Sinusitis and Allergies – CT Sinus Center

Allergy symptoms aren’t to be taken lightly, we know this by now. About 50 million people in the US alone are affected by allergies; ranging from pollen, grass and mold, and even food. Another 29.4 million are affected by chronic sinusitis. People are constantly looking for ways to get to the root of their sinus problems and put an end to them, which includes taking over-the-counter medications designed to treat symptoms. Some folks, however, tend to take a more holistic approach with alternative medicine: They see chiropractors.

How do chiropractors and chiropractic medicine impact sinusitis and allergies?

Chiropractors are health professionals who generally focus on adjusting and manipulating the spine, usually to relieve back pain for patients. Their belief is that adjusting the spine can do wonders for the body, nervous system and consequently, allergies. The medical, as well as overall, community is divided on the success of chiropractic treatment for sinus and allergy issues, but there are a few things that are certain:

Chiropractic care:

  • Does not target allergies specifically
  • Does not offer a one-time solution
  • Does not have science-based evidence for success
  • Poses risks for the patient, including:
    • A herniated disk
    • Compression of nerves in the lower spinal column
    • A certain type of stroke after neck manipulation

How can I permanently end sinusitis and allergies?

For some people, going to chiropractors are an integral part of self-care. However, if you are looking for a permanent relief from your sinus or allergy issues, consider a non-invasive, medicine-free solution that can be done in about an hour. Also, consider that when it comes to sinus conditions, there are no more knowledgeable doctors than those at CT Sinus Center.

When you first come in, our team of sinus experts will thoroughly discuss your symptoms. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your sinus issues and develop the right treatment for your lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will end your discomfort in around an hour:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing
  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Are you ready for sinus relief?

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — and stop getting bent out of shape over sinusitis.  

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.


Sinusitis: Acute vs. Chronic

SinusitisSinusitis is a common condition in which the area around your nasal passages – the sinuses – become swollen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites that:

  • Number of adults with diagnosed sinusitis: 29.4 million
  • Percent of adults with diagnosed sinusitis: 12.1%

Having sinusitis is miserable: the mucus, the facial pressure, the congestion and runny nose, not to mention the possible ear pain, coughing, jaw pain, fatigue, sore throat and nausea that can accompany all of it… Quite frankly, it’s horrible and can really put a cramp in your lifestyle. On top of that, sinusitis can last for a while, whether it’s acute or chronic. Let’s look at the differences between the two.

Acute

Acute sinusitis is sometimes referred to as rhinosinusitis, and almost always begins with a common cold or seasonal allergies. The increase of mucus and its inability to drain due to inflammation can cause infection leading to sinusitis.

The good news is that not all acute sinusitis involves bacterial infection; some may be viral. In these cases, over-the-counter remedies, fluids and rest are all you need to feel better after a couple of days. However, if your condition lasts for over 10 days with no improvement, the infection may be bacterial and you’ll need an antibiotic for relief.

Chronic

Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, can last for more than 12 weeks even with treatment and is often reoccurring. In order to be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, you must have at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

There are various causes of chronic sinusitis listed by Mayo Clinic as:

  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Other medical conditions (such as cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux, or HIV and other immune system-related diseases can result in nasal blockage)
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma

If you are suffering from either acute or chronic sinusitis, make an appointment at CT Sinus Center to discover the underlying cause and end sinus issues permanently. When you first come in, our expert team will sit down with you to discuss your medical history and sinus symptoms. Your physician may have you undergo the following tests:

  • Nasal endoscopy
  • Imaging studies
  • Nasal/sinus cultures
  • Allergy tests

Once the root of your problem is discovered, we will work with you to find the best solution for your sinus issues. You may eligible for one of our non-invasive, suffering-ending procedures:

  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices and say “see ya later” to your sinusitis.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.


Diagnosing a Sinus Infection

Sinus infectionWhen you have acute sinusitis, otherwise known as a sinus infection, it’s pretty easy to recognize the symptoms. This is especially true if you have chronic sinusitis, which can happen a number of times a year.  In order to be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, you must have at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

In addition, you may also be experiencing:

  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Aching in the jaw and teeth
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

No matter if this is your first or your fiftieth sinus infection, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor just to be sure. Also if you’ve self-diagnosed correctly, you may need medication.

What should you expect when you go to the doctor?

First, your medical staff should take the time to discuss your medical history and specific symptoms. Next, your physician should do a thorough inspection of your sinuses for diagnosis, and may also check your eyes, ears and throat. To help determine the underlying cause, you may also undergo the following tests:

  • Nasal endoscopy, in which a thin, flexible tube with a fiber-optic light is inserted through your nose.
  • Imaging studies, in which a CT Scan or MRI can show details images of your sinuses.
  • Nasal/sinus cultures, though generally unnecessary, which might help pinpoint a bacterial or fungal cause.
  • Allergy tests, recommended if your doctor suspects the condition may be brought on by allergies.

A sinus infection is such a common thing that experts can often diagnose them without extensive testing. However, while the diagnosis is often correct, without testing, the physician could miss the real cause of the symptoms or prescribe a medication that isn’t actually needed. So if you are looking to get it right the first time, schedule an appointment at CT Sinus Center.

When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about your symptoms and medical history. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will find the right treatment for your lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will end your suffering in around an hour:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing
  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices, and put an end to sinus infections once and for all.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.


Diseases Associated with Nasal Polyps

Most of the time, nasal polyps, painless tear-drop or grape-shaped growths in the nasal cavity, are annoying, but harmless. Unfortunately, there are rare cases when the polyps are an indication of a more serious issue. If you do feel a lump in your nose, it’s important to see a doctor for a correct diagnosis. The odds are it’ll be nothing that a corticosteroid or even just time will cure, but if it does turn out to be something more, you’ll be in the right place for the treatment you need.

The following is a quick look at some of the diseases associated with nasal polyps:

  • Chronic sinusitis is a common condition wherein the area around nasal passages, or sinuses, become swollen. This can last for eight weeks or more, despite store-bought and other usual treatment attempts, and recurs. The continuous inflammation brought on by allergies (especially fungal allergies) and sinus problems leads to nasal polyps.
  • Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), also known as aspirin-induced asthma or Samter’s Triad, is a condition in which a person has a sensitivity to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This condition usually presents as a respiratory reaction and consequently, nasal polyps. According to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, “In general, AERD develops quite suddenly in adulthood, usually between the ages of 20 and 50, and there is no clearly understood trigger that causes the disease.”
  • Cystic Fibrosis affects the sinuses among other systems in the body by. According to the  American Rhinologic Society, “[N]early all patients with this disease will have swelling of the mucosa and thickened, non-moving mucus that leads to sinus blockage.” This blockage, in turn, can cause recurring sinus infections, pain and nasal polyps.
  • Kartagener’s syndrome is a rare genetic disease that affects the respiratory system, causing frequent respiratory infections, sinus infections and nasal congestion. Like with the other conditions, the blocked sinus cavities lead to nasal polyps. 
  • Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (formerly called Churg-Strauss syndrome) is an extremely rare condition in which the blood vessels become inflamed and sometimes block blood from getting to vital organs and tissues. People with this disease suffer from asthma, allergies and sinusitis, all of which can lead to the formation of nasal polyps.
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancers do not cause nasal polyps and are very rare. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, only about 2,000 people in the United States develop these cancers per year and they account for only 1% of malignant tumors discovered throughout the body. The size, shape and level of pain are all distinguishing features between nasal polyps and cancerous tumors.

The good news is that even if you are diagnosed with one of these conditions, it is manageable with the proper medical care. As we said above, it’s most likely that your polyps are nothing but harmless growths caused by sinus issues.

So stop worrying and make an appointment with one of our expert physicians at Connecticut Sinus Center for peace of mind about your nose.  When you come in for your appointment, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, we’ll conduct a series of tests, which may include allergy tests and a nasal endoscopy, that tell us exactly what is causing your growth so that we can come up with an individualized treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Call 860-BALLOON today and schedule your appointment. With four conveniently-located offices across the state, getting help is nothing to sneeze at.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.


 

 


Sinusitis, Allergies and Sleep Deprivation

SleepYou’re sure you’d feel better if you just got some sleep. All you’re asking for is just one night, but at this point it seems that you have as much of chance of that as you do winning the lottery.

Why is your sinus condition keeping you up?

Whether you have sinusitis or allergies, there are a number of reasons why you might have trouble sleeping. Let’s take a look at the three most common ones:

 

  • Difficulty breathing. A stuffy or runny nose can be very inconvenient when you are trying to get some shut-eye. If you’ve ever had the experience (and who hasn’t?), you know exactly what we mean. According to the article “Combat Allergy Fatigue” on the Everyday Health site, Dr. Park, author of the book “Sleep, Interrupted,” explains how having a stuffy nose is similar to sleep apnea in the respect that ““When your nose gets stuffy, your tongue starts to fall back, creating a vacuum effect in your throat. So you keep waking up, because you can’t breathe.” And when you keep waking up, you end up exhausted the next day.
  • Pain. Sinus pressure can often cause pain in your forehead and face. A stuffy or runny nose leads to post-nasal drip that can make your throat dry and scratchy. None of these conditions are conducive for a good night’s rest.
  • Sinus medication. Restlessness and inability to sleep are common side effects of many medications. For some people, even the medication intended to make you drowsey can actually keep you up. If you are having trouble sleeping while taking meds, consult your doctor or pharmacist to see they might be to blame. You may have change when you take the medication or even stop taking it completely.

Sleep deprivation is frustrating, for sure, and can actually be dangerous, too. WebMd explains the following effects of chronic sleep deprivation:

  • Decreased performance and alertness
  • Memory and cognitive impairment
  • Stress on relationships
  • Poor quality of life
  • Health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity
  • Occupational injury
  • Automobile injury

So what can you do if your sinus condition is keeping you awake?

You could continue taking sinus or allergy medication while looking for the one that relieves your symptoms and doesn’t have side effects. Or, you can make an appointment at CT Sinus Center and let us help you find permanent relief and a good night sleep.

When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about your symptoms and medical history. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will find the right treatment for your lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will end your suffering in around an hour:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing
  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices, and spend your nights catching z’s instead of counting sheep.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.