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Welcome to the Center for Permanent Sinus Relief

Welcome to the Center for Permanent Sinus Relief

ENT Doctor

When we say “welcome to CT Sinus Center,” what we really mean is: Welcome to your new life. When you leave our office, you very well could be feeling like a whole new you. If you’ve been struggling with allergy or sinus problems throughout your life, relief can feel like such a life-saver. Our mission is to relieve the pressure and other discomforts caused by many common sinus conditions-with minimal to no pain-and return you to your daily responsibilities fast. Our solutions are permanent, unlike many treatments available at other doctor’s offices or over-the-counter drugs. After coming to see us, your problems will not return to haunt you, and you can look forward to much better days… for life.

We have also set up a way for you to download and fill out all paperwork prior to your visit so that the hassle of coming in early to do so is eliminated. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and escorted in to see one of our highly experienced ENT specialists. Once there, the doctor will take his time to thoroughly evaluate you and answer any questions you may have.

Our top procedures include non-invasive Balloon Sinus Dilation-offered nowhere else from here to Washington D.C.-and Turbinate Reductions. We will never send you into a procedure with you feeling unnecessarily nervous or confused (like you may experience elsewhere). Our aim is to be a team throughout the process, always on your side and making sure you are getting the care you deserve. You are encouraged to talk to your doctor about all your options so the experience is truly a two-way street. Book an appointment today so you too can discover the CT Sinus difference!

 


Still Coughing After My Cold: Post-Nasal Drip

Still Coughing After My Cold: Post-Nasal Drip

Ah yes, post-nasal drip-believe it or not, as gross as the term sounds, it feels just as unpleasant. Not only is it “icky,” but it tends to cause discomfort in more places than just your face. Let’s talk about what this all feels like so you’ll know if you should come visit us here at CT Sinus Center.

When your body produces more mucus than usual (there is always some kind of mucus going on in a healthy system) or there is phlegm that is thicker than normal, post-nasal drip tends to become noticeable (and quite bothersome). When you have the flu or bad allergies, excess mucus often comes out of your nose and you’ll probably start looking for tissues as your first source of relief. To your dismay, you may find that you can’t blow it all out and almost wish that your nose was runnier. That way, you might not feel as stuffy, congested, and weighed down. When the phlegm escapes and runs down the back of the nose to your throat, it’s called post-nasal drip-lots of times, it will not go away when you think you are finally over the worst of your symptoms. Post-nasal drip can linger for a while and cause the following further aggravations:

  • Sore throat
  • Constantly feeling the need to clear your throat
  • Chronic cough that gets worse at night
  • Chest congestion or ear infection if your sinuses get backed up over time

Treatment depends on the cause of the post-nasal drip.

What can you do about this? There are always over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, and those might help for a little while. However, for permanent relief, you need to come see the pros in Connecticut. Especially if you think this could be happening due to another problem that might just look like a cold or allergies (since they share some symptoms with many other conditions), such as other specialties of ours: GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), sinusitis, or a deviated septum.

 


Could Bad Breath Be a Warning Sign?

Could Bad Breath Be a Warning Sign?

While the most common assumptions are that bad breath comes from not brushing your teeth properly or eating foods with pungent smells, there are many studies that point to the fact that bad breath -or halitosiscould actually be trying to tell you something more significant. Your body is a complex, wondrous system, and it comes with warning signs to help you keep it all in check. It has many ways of alerting you to a potential problem, including pain and the kinds of symptoms you might experience when you are sick. Bad breath could even be your stomach hinting to you that you are really hungry (as withholding food from yourself for too long can cause the body to go into survival mode and start breaking down stored fats, and producing acids hoping to get some energy back). If you are finding that you frequently experience bad breath, it might not just be offending other people that you have to worry about.

You can distinguish that bad breath is something to look into further if you realize that halitosis is persistent or comes with a bad taste in the mouth. Xerostomia, otherwise known as dry mouth, can also cause bad breath-which is among the biggest complaints that people with blocked sinuses tend to have. This makes it uncomfortable to sleep, since when you have trouble breathing through your nose, your body’s natural next best option is to get airflow via your mouth. Since we all need saliva to moisten our mouths, neutralize plaque-producing acids, and wash away decomposing dead cells on the tongue, gums, and cheeks, letting that dry out could lead to unwanted side effects.

Having a dry mouth could also be a side effect of medication, respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, and more. Normally it does not point to any serious issue, but there are some conditions for which this could be a warning sign. To calm any concerns, you can schedule an appointment at any time to meet with one of our friendly doctors and go over your options. Let CT Sinus Center wash away the smell and the worries all at the same time (your friends will thank you, and more importantly, you will thank yourself)!


Is It Sinusitis or Is It Allergies?

Is It Sinusitis or Is It Allergies?

It’s happening… again. That all-too-familiar stuffy nose, congestion, coughing – you’re tired of it all. Worst part is: you’re not 100% sure where the problem is even stemming from. Is it sinusitis or is it allergies? You know you cannot fix the issue until you have successfully figured out where it originates. If you’re not a doctor, you may be wondering how you can ever be sure of what precisely is going on. The answer is actually quite simple: come into our office and let us handle it. You can come in for a full evaluation to put your racing thoughts at ease. That’s right, no more wondering.

As more and more people discover the secrets of CT Sinus Center, our schedule will be filling up quickly, so don’t wait to book. Once you have a confirmed appointment, you can sit back and relax knowing you’ll be in very good hands and your problems are soon to go away. In the meantime, you can get a pretty good idea as to whether it’s one condition or another by examining your symptoms. You should pay careful attention to what is going on and how you are feeling since many of the symptoms for allergies and chronic sinusitis are similar.

You may be surprised by how many people think that stuffiness, facial pain or pressure, fatigue, and reduced sense of smell or taste, mean that they have bad allergies. This is often not the case, as these things are more prevalent with sinus infections. If your congested nose and difficulty breathing last more than a week, it’s probably not just a simple cold. Allergies are most likely the culprit in this case, and for that, you’d need more of an antihistamine than a decongestant. On the other hand, it probably is allergies if you have itchy or watery eyes that last several weeks. A sinusitis infection will more often leave your nasal passages inflamed and make you irritable, as it comes with more feelings of fullness, heaviness, and soreness in your sinus cavities.

This doesn’t sound like any fun, does it? Allow your local CT Sinus Center to fix the problem for you, once and for all.

 


Fatigue and Irritability: Sinusitis Symptoms That Hold You Down

Fatigue and Irritability: Sinusitis Symptoms That Hold You Down

Does your sinusitis sometimes make you feel like you just want to crawl into your bed, desperate for any cure under the sun? When your sinus cavities are so clogged that you feel like they could burst, or if they are making your face throb, it is time to solve the problem for good. Right now, you may feel fairly cruddy, but don’t resort to grabbing just any over-the-counter drug you can get your hands on. All of those other solutions are temporary and you will not get permanent relief unless you get yourself to CT Sinus Center. Good thing we have multiple locations throughout the state so you will never have too far to drive when feeling under the weather!

You should definitely do this sooner than later, because aside from the obvious aggravations that come with your symptoms, what you may not realize is that your condition could be taking a toll on your loved ones. Your friends and family may be indirectly impacted by the fatigue and irritability that comes along with sinusitis. Let’s say you are a mother of young children and simply do not feel up to taking them to soccer practice because you just have no energy left at the end of the day. Or, perhaps your mood is affected because of how you feel and you find yourself getting irritated more than usual by your significant other. You know that this is not your normal tone with people; it’s not you. Do not let the fatigue and irritability that come with sinusitis turn you into someone you are not, as nobody likes when someone they care about is in a sour mood.

Take charge of your worst symptoms by picking up the phone and getting yourself over to our office. At CT Sinus Center, our doctors are always here to help. Our goal is getting you back to the best version of yourself. Letting chronic sinus issues affect your life can now be a thing of the past. Wouldn’t you like to have a pleasant Mother’s Day with the people who are most important to you? After a visit with us, we know that you will be spending precious time with them that is enjoyable for everyone. There is no reason you should have to keep living with the pain and pressure once you are aware of our vast capabilities. Don’t wait any longer; get the relief you deserve.


What Can I Do Before My Appointment: Herbal Sinusitis Remedies

What Can I Do Before My Appointment: Herbal Sinusitis Remedies

As much as we would rather direct you toward the path of permanent relief, we can also discuss some temporary solutions to hold you over while you wait for your appointment. If there was ever a drawback to so many people finding out about our state-of-the-art treatment options, it would be that we are getting booked up pretty quickly. Since it’s possible that you could be waiting a few days to come in for a non-emergency procedure, we would like to take this opportunity to tell you about alternative techniques that have worked for people with chronic sinus conditions. These may not be the types of things that would typically come to mind when you’re making that trip to the drug store. No, these are not your average cold, flu, or allergy medications. Let’s save that for a later point, as those are the more obvious choices for many.

For this edition, we thought we would take you down the road of herbal sinusitis remedies. That’s right, these natural healing ingredients are things you can often find at home already. In many cases, an unexpected or untapped section of your local supermarket or drugstore (namely the vitamin aisle) might have something useful. First and foremost, no matter where the problem is in the body, it is crucial to stay hydrated with clear fluids. When possible, consume hot water, clear broths or hot tea. The temperature and the light fluids will help thin out mucous and soothe inflamed airways. Spicy foods, or other foods with an intense flavor or scent, should help with dissolving the mucous and inflammation as well. Ingredients such as cayenne pepper, horseradish, apple cider vinegar, peppermint oil, grapefruit seed extract, ginger root, and lemon juice all work quite well in this situation.

Another way to utilize the benefits of the hot temperatures we mentioned earlier would be to take a hot shower and inhale the steam with slow, deep breaths. Finally, we’d like to suggest doing a pressure point exercise, in which you simply give the most under-pressure parts of your face a gentle massage, rubbing in circular motions. Easy enough, right? Are you ready to have a go at some of these tried-and-true herbal sinusitis remedies to clear your sinuses? Give one or more a try, and before you know it, it will be your turn to see us at CT Sinus Center.


Ear Infection from Sinusitis: Why do I have multiple aches at the same time?

Ear Infection from Sinusitis: Why do I have multiple aches at the same time?

One of the most frustrating things about having cold-like symptoms is that it can come with multiple aches at the same time. If it is chronic sinusitis, you are getting these types of uncomfortable symptoms much more often. It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? When you’re already experiencing pain and pressure in your head (and likely the rest of your face as well), you really don’t want to think of even more places that could be affected by backed up sinuses. Unfortunately, one of the other areas that is very well connected to that whole system-and thus, can eventually feel the pain as well-is the ear.

Otitis Media is another term for a classic ear infection. You will have a pretty good idea of whether you have reached this point if you tug lightly on your pinna, lobule, or tragus (in other words, any outer part of the ear you can easily grasp with your fingers) and it hurts. At later stages, if you leave the problem for even longer, the pain can start becoming apparent on its own (without touching your ear), and may feel like throbbing. Multiple aches at the same time are no fun, let alone just the annoyance from your nose being stuffed up. Instead of letting your sinusitis get to the stage where the congestion has made it over to other parts of your body and causes ear infection, consider getting yourself to our office.

Should you start experiencing any stage of any symptom related to your sinuses, CT Sinus Center is ready and waiting for you. No one wants what could have been a much smaller problem to spread, which is why the prompt treatment found at our office is always best. Although you may not consider a trip to the doctor’s office as one of your favorite things to do, you really should come see us. Not only will the fact that our doctors are so friendly and informative make your visit free of aggravation, but you can simplify the process even further by printing forms from our website in advance. This can get rid of a lot of the potential stress (and waiting) in the waiting room! So, don’t delay and you should have a fairly ache-free day!


Things in Your Environment That Could Cause Hay Fever This Summer

Things in Your Environment That Could Cause Hay Fever This Summer

Hay Fever-it may sound scary because of the name, but it’s actually very common. How common? There are reportedly more than 3 million cases in the US per year. If you have never heard of it though, you may be wondering how it’s so common. It is defined as “an allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are itchy and inflamed, causing a runny nose and watery eyes.” Probably sounds familiar to many of you reading this, doesn’t it? After all, if you are on this site, you are most likely seeking expert help for sinus or allergy problems. Simply put, this is another term for the allergies that you may have been dealing with for the past season… or longer. It can lead to congestion and annoying sinus pressure, so if you have it, you are definitely looking for a way to get rid of it.

Memorial Day is now behind us, which is what many people have come to look at as the unofficial start to summer (among other things, of course). Unfortunately, as much as we know you would like to focus solely on fun things, there are a good deal of things in your environment that could cause hay fever this summer. As you may have noticed recently, those big barbeques might be contributing. The already obvious irritants of the outdoors (pollen, spores from fungi, etc.) pair up with smoke to potentially set off someone’s eyes and/or nose. Virtually any airborne substance can trigger allergies in someone who is very sensitive, but the smoke from that grill of yours can be quite thick and rather intense at times. Some people can only stand around it for very short periods of time before they start tearing, feeling itchy, or even experiencing strained breathing.

There are a few things you can do about this. You are probably not going to want to stop barbequing or spending time outdoors, so consider coming indoors to see us. We know about all the top things in your environment that could cause hay fever this summer and precisely how to deal with allergy and sinus issues. If it’s not you that is having these problems, just be mindful of your friend that seems to be having difficulties. Better yet, refer them to us for their chance at permanent relief!

 


When Will It End? How to Stop Chronic Sinusitis for Good

When Will It End? How to Stop Chronic Sinusitis for Good

Nobody likes getting a cold. However, when it’s happening all the time, it becomes a bit much. Sinus infections can be more than annoying-they can leave earaches, headaches, and many things beyond the more obvious runny nose in their wake. With chronic sinusitis, some people are left wondering, “When will it end?” Chronic sinusitis can last several weeks for any one case and the postnasal drip can linger thereafter. In some people, it will keep coming back for years.

While there isn’t one single cause of chronic sinusitis, certain things are known to bring it on more frequently. The initial inflammation of the nasal passages when one has a cold or allergies tends to trigger it easily. Especially with people who have compromised immune systems, sinusitis almost feels inevitable once they start to get even a little bit stuffy. Sometimes, chronic sinusitis results from birth defects in the structure of the nasal passages, breathing in mold spores, or developing a nasal polyp-anything that can irritate or block the sinuses and prevent them from draining. The symptoms below may be very familiar to you if you have this recurring condition and have been wishing that you could just stop chronic sinus infections for good:

  • Facial pressure and pressure
  • Cough and congestion
  • Thick, discolored mucous
  • Inability to breathe through the nose

If you’re searching for a way to stop chronic sinus infections for good, your search ends here. Having reached this blog, you have already taken the first step. Countless people have been coming here and putting a stop to their chronic sinus infections. Why are these people beaming with delight? You would be too if you signed on for one of our simple, non-invasive procedures. Since we provide permanent relief, patients typically never even have to come in again. Wouldn’t you like to be one of our patients? You can be! Just reach out.

 


Loss of Smell and Taste Due to Chronic Sinusitis or Allergies

Loss of Smell and Taste Due to Chronic Sinusitis or Allergies

Loss of smell and taste due to chronic sinusitis or allergies can be quite frustrating, especially when you have a lot going on. Now that the official first day of summer (and Father’s Day) is less than a week away, there could be barbeques, gardening, pool parties and more in your near future. Don’t you want to be able to smell all the smells and taste all the flavors of the summer? Why is it that there can be a loss of smell and taste due to chronic sinusitis or allergies, anyway? Perhaps you think you understand the part about the sense of smell since your nose may be blocked, but what about taste? Your taste buds should be working since that area couldn’t possibly be affected, right?

Well actually, the ability to smell also affects our ability to taste. They work together, so without a sense of smell, our taste buds can only detect a few flavors. As for our sense of smell, in adults, the most common causes of issues are a loss of smell due to an ongoing process in the nose or sinuses (like sinusitis or allergies), or loss of smell due to an injury (affecting the specialized nerve tissue at the top of the nose, or another physical obstruction, such as a nasal polyp). Some people with this problem report their sense of smell coming back shortly after exercise or showering. However, this relief is often just temporary. Some patients also report (temporary) improvement with medication (like antibiotics or corticosteroids).

A person’s sense of smell is very easily taken for granted. It is actually bestowed upon us by a complex system driven by specific processes-and without it, we could unknowingly put ourselves in dangerous situations (such as not being able to smell fire, gas leaks, or food that has gone bad). This can greatly affect quality of life, so if you are experiencing loss of smell and taste due to chronic sinusitis or allergies, please come into your nearest CT Sinus Center and let us help!