The Sinusitis Behind Puffy Eyes

When you’re suffering from sinusitis, the signs are in your face — literally and figuratively. In previous blogs, we looked at one way it manifests, allergic shiners in adults and children, and in this blog, we’re going to examine another: tender, puffy eyes.

What causes puffy eyes? 

Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes is a telltale sign of a sinus infection. It occurs because when the sinuses are blocked, nothing drains well. And blockage, in turn, leads to inflammation and fluid retention. Therefore because your sinuses are all connected, not only will your nasal passages be swollen, so will the thin-skinned area under your eyes.

How do you treat puffy eyes?

Swollen, puffy eyes is not a good look for anyone. It’s also not a comfortable feeling. Luckily there are things you can do at home to help reduce the inflammation:

Some of these remedies require a prescription, while others are over-the-counter or even things you’ll find around the house. All of them, however, only offer temporary relief from puffy eyes.

Is there permanent relief from puffy eyes caused by sinusitis?

The only way to get rid of swollen, puffy eyes is to treat the underlying problem. In this case, it’s chronic sinusitis, which does require medical attention. And that’s where CT Sinus Center can help. When you first come in, we’ll take the time to sit down with you and thoroughly discuss your symptoms and medical history before we begin up-to-date diagnostics. Once we determine exactly what’s causing your puffy eyes, we’ll find a treatment that is the right fit for your lifestyle.

If you also suffer from the other telltale symptoms of chronic sinusitis, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, a noninvasive, in-house procedure done with local anesthesia, that promotes natural drainage and healing and reduces those unsightly bags. Those signs 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
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

What’s the next step in finding permanent relief?

If you’re ready to look and more importantly, feel, better, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians at CT Sinus Center by calling 860-BALLOON. With four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — we’ll have you leaving feeling swell in no time rather than swelling.

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


Difficulty Breathing Due to Sinusitis | CT Sinus Center

Difficulty breathing

Life can be challenging. Take a moment to relax. Sit down, loosen up your body, breath in and out through your nose. Do you find the breathing part difficult? Do you ever find it hard to breathe during your daily activities? What about when you’re sleeping?

Difficulty breathing through your nose, aka nasal congestion, is one of the most common and obvious symptoms of sinusitis. The inflammation can be caused by a number of different things, including:

How does difficulty breathing affect your health?

Studies have shown that breathing through your nose is more beneficial than breathing through your mouth. In addition, deep breathing has multiple positive effects on your overall well-being, including:  

  • Better sleep
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Relaxation
  • Stress reduction

On the other hand, when you’re having trouble breathing through your nose, it can lead to:

What should you do if your nasal breathing is obstructed?

Of course not being able to breathe well in itself is troublesome, so these conditions can make the issue even more serious. Why suffer when you don’t have to? The expert doctors at CT Sinus Center know everything there is to know about diagnosing and treating chronic sinusitis.

When you come in, we’ll take the extra time to really talk to you about your symptoms and medical history before we do anything else. Then after we get to the root of the problem, we’ll develop a treatment plan that is right for you. If you do have chronic sinusitis, you could be the perfect candidate for balloon sinuplasty, a non-invasive, in-office procedure that has few (if any) side effects and no downtime.

Call 860-BALLOON to make your appointment at one CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — and then take a deep breath of relief.

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


Sinus Issues Verti-Go Away | CT Sinus Center

Dizziness and sinus infections

Try to maintain your balance standing on one foot. Now try to balance on one foot while holding your earlobe — it’s much easier, isn’t it? That’s because there are a set of interconnected canals in your ear that play a big role in sustaining your balance. Sinus infections can cause pressure in these canals that can lead to dizziness and nausea.

How does a sinus infection cause dizziness?

Acute or chronic sinus infections block your sinus passages and can cause fluid build-up in your ears that put pressure on your eardrum and on the inner functions of your ear. This build-up and pressure can affect what is known as your vestibular labyrinth, which is used by the brain to determine balance. The vestibular labyrinth is made up of three looped tubes in each ear called the semicircular canal. When the pressure and build-up from a sinus infection affects these canals, it can cause the fluid to move and give you a dizzy sensation.

Other side effects like nausea typically accompany the feeling of vertigo, which can leave you feeling much more discomfort on your road to recovery. When a sinus infection reaches the point of dizziness, the infection is usually substantial and needs medical attention. More severe cases of sinus-related dizziness can be related to, or even cause, vertigo if serious damage is done to the vestibular labyrinth from unwanted build-up and/or pressure. So it’s best to attack the issue sooner than later.

What should I do if my sinus infection makes me dizzy?

If you’re feeling dizzy from a sinus infection or from similar symptoms and are unsure of what to do, CT Sinus Center is a great place to start. When you first come in, we’ll take the time to sit down with you and thoroughly discuss your symptoms and medical history before we begin up-to-date diagnostics. Once we get to the root of your vertigo, we’ll find a treatment that is the right fit for your lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, a noninvasive, in-house procedure done with local anesthesia, that promotes natural drainage and healing, leaving you sinus pressure-free and your world a lot more steady.

Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians before things spin out of control. Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury.  

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

 

 


CT Sinus Center in Shelton Extends Hours | CT Sinus Center

CTSC Center Shelton Office

CT Sinus Center, Shelton, CT

You may think that sinus issues only pop up during the warmer months when the scent of fresh cut grass and pollen fill the air. Although those flowers may hibernate, chronic sinus issues do not. Luckily CT Sinus Center is here to help no matter the time of year.

We also know that sinus issues aren’t exactly considerate of your busy schedule. That’s why CT Sinus Center of Shelton has decided to extend our office schedule. Now you can come in every Thursday from 7:30 am to 4 pm and every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

How do I know if I should make an appointment?

Chronic sinus issues can rear their ugly head in many different ways. These symptoms include:

  • Pain, soreness and swelling around your nose, eyes, cheeks or forehead
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose, caused by congestion or nasal obstruction
  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from your nose or down the back of your throat
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Headaches based over your forehead, behind or between your eyes, or toothaches

Can I do anything at home to manage these symptoms?

Yes, there are simple home remedies that may help alleviate your symptoms, such as:

  • Using a humidifier to add moisture to the room
  • Using a saline nose spray to moisturize your nasal passages
  • Staying hydrated

However, these remedies are only temporary fixes, not solutions.

What can CT Sinus Center do to help me? 

We offer a non-invasive procedure called balloon sinuplasty, which puts a permanent end to your sinus issues. The procedure is in-office, only takes about an hour and is covered by most insurances.

If you’re in the Shelton area and you’re ready to start enjoying a pain-free winter, call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center, located at 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton.

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


What Are the Four Types of Sinuses? | CT Sinus Center

Paranasal Sinuses

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When we say sinuses and sinusitis, what do you picture? Your nose? Your cheeks? The bridge of your nose? What about the area above your eyebrows? Well, if you answered any of these facial areas, you‘d be right. The sinuses are not just one thing; they are actually a four-part structure. In this blog, we’re going to briefly examine each one.

What is the anatomy of the sinuses?

The photo identifies each of the four types of sinuses, which are correspondingly named after the bone where they are located. All four, collectively called the paranasal sinuses, connect through the hollow cavity of the skull. This cavity is called, as you may have guessed, the sinus cavity.

The American Rhinologic Society breaks down the paranasal anatomy with corresponding images on their website.

  • Maxillary sinus: one sinus located within the bone of each cheek (in your cheeks)
  • Ethmoid sinuses: a honeycomb-like structure of 6–12 small sinuses located under the bone of the inside corner of each eye (between your eyes)
  • Frontal: one sinus per side, located within the bone of the forehead above the level of the eyes and nasal bridge (at the bottom center of your forehead)
  • Sphenoid sinus: one sinus per side, located behind the ethmoid sinuses (behind your nose)

How are the different paranasal sinuses affected by sinusitis?

According to Merck Manual, there are certain symptoms associated with the different sinus areas:

  • Maxillary: pain over the cheeks just below the eyes, toothache, and headache
  • Frontal: a headache over the forehead.
  • Ethmoid: pain behind and between the eyes, tearing, and headache (often described as splitting) over the forehead
  • Sphenoid: pain that does not occur in well-defined areas and may be felt in the front or back of the head

No matter which area(s) is affected, sinusitis will make a person feel overall not well.

What do I do if I have sinus problems?

If you are experiencing acute or chronic sinusitis, our expert doctors at CT Sinus Center can help. When you first come in, we will take the time to sit down with you and thoroughly discuss your symptoms, your current treatment regime, and how we can help you find long-lasting relief.

You may even be a candidate balloon sinuplasty, a noninvasive, in-house procedure done with local anesthesia, that promotes natural drainage and healing, leaving you sinus pain-free and breathing more freely.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — and give your paranasal sinuses some love…  

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


Why Do Children With Sinus Infections Get Allergic Shiners? – CT Sinus Center

Allergic Shiner

In our last blog, we discussed “Sinusitis in Children” and listed swelling around the eyes as one of the tell-tale symptoms. In this blog, we are going to look at another way sinus issues manifest: black eyes, also known as allergic shiners. If this concept sounds familiar, it may be because you read our blog a while back called “Knocked Out by Allergies: Allergic Shiners.”

We also know that as a parent, seeing your little one with what looks like a black eye can be quite distressing, especially if you don’t know where it came from or how to make it go away. You may think they aren’t getting enough sleep or worse, that they’ve been injured. But really, allergic shiners are an extremely common condition in children with chronic nasal congestion, and while they are technically called “allergic” shiners, they could just as well be called “sinus” shiners. (The latter rolls off the tongue better, no?)

How to Identify an Allergic Shiner

According to Healthline, the discoloration caused by sinusitis looks like:

Round, shadowy pigmentation of the skin underneath the eyes

  • Blue- or purple-colored tint under the eyes, like a bruise

Allergic shiners happen when congestion in the sinus cavities causes the small veins under the eyes to expand and the blood that runs through them to pool. The pooling, in turn, makes the thin skin in that area turn darker and the inflammation makes it puffy. Unlike a bruise, the discoloration usually isn’t painful, but the congestion in the sinus cavities around it may produce pain and pressure.

How to Treat an Allergic Shiner

If your child is presenting dark circles under their eyes as well as other pediatric sinusitis symptoms, bring them to CT Sinus Center where our doctors can get to the root of what’s causing the discoloration and treat it all. Treatment options include:

The type of treatment that your child receives will depend on their symptoms, medical history, age and lifestyle.

To help kids learn more about sinusitis, visit “When Sinuses Attack” on KidsHealth. To help them find relief, call 860-BALLOON and make an appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices in Kent, Litchfield, Shelton or Waterbury.

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


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 CT 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.


Are Sinus Infections Really Contagious? — CT Sinus Center

sinus infection, contagious

Has this happened to you? You tell someone you have a sinus infection or sinusitis, and they start to shy away like you have the plague. Sure, no one wants to feel ill, but are sinus infections really contagious?

The answer to that question is mostly “no.” We say “mostly” because sinus infections are caused by different things, and very few of those things are contagious. Let’s take a look.

What causes sinus infections?

The majority of sinus infections are viral, which means that they are caused by a virus. In other cases, sinusitis may be caused by bacteria that accumulates in the inflamed nasal passages. Other causes include:

How do sinus infections spread?

The only way a sinus infection can spread is if it’s viral. The other causes listed above are not contagious at all. The problem is, as we said above, that most sinus infections are caused by a virus, not unlike the one that causes upper respiratory infections, aka the common cold or flu. But that said, even if the virus is easily passed on, the sinus infection may not be. In fact, many times the shared virus manifests in the receiver as a common cold rather than a case of sinusitis. So really, the answer to the original question is that a sinus infection isn’t exactly contagious.

How can you tell if your sinusitis is viral and contagious?

The best way to figure this out is to see a doctor, such as one of our expert physicians at CT Sinus Center. When you first come in, we’ll thoroughly discuss your symptoms with you. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we’ll pinpoint exactly what is causing your sinus issues and develop the right treatment for your lifestyle. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, 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 Sinuplasty, 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

Sharing is not always caring. Call 860-BALLOON today to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices: Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury. When you feel better, everyone around you will feel better too.

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

 


Can a Sinus Infection Go Away on Its Own? – CT Sinus Center

sinus infection

Sometimes getting someone to go to the doctor when they aren’t feeling well is a challenge. A common excuse is that the patient feels that whatever it is will get better on its own. Sometimes this is true, sometimes it’s not. In this blog, we are going to talk about whether or not a sinus infection can go away on its own.

What is a sinus infection?

Sinusitis, both acute and chronic, is a common condition in which the area around your nasal passages – the sinuses – become swollen. The increase of mucus and its inability to drain due to inflammation can result in an infection. That infection can be either viral or bacterial. Luckily the majority of sinus infections are viral and will clear up on their own with enough rest, fluids and over-the-counter remedies. The others, bacterial infections, require medical treatment.

Don’t just wait out your sinus infection

If you suffer from occasional acute sinusitis that does get better on its own, you’re one of the lucky ones. If you have one that doesn’t clear up even with several rounds of medication or even ones that go away on their own but keep coming back, wouldn’t you want to make them stop if you could?

Well, you can and CT Sinus Center can help. We offer thorough diagnostic testing and a non-invasive, in-office procedure called balloon sinus dilation that can end your sinus suffering forever. Stop waiting it out: Take your sinus issues into your own hands. Call 860-BALLOON today to schedule an appointment at one of our four conveniently located offices in Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury.

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 CT 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.

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