Category: Sinus Relief

Chronic sinus issues can be debilitating and decrease your quality of life. Learn more about the ways CT Sinus can help you find permanent sinus relief.


What Is the Cost of Balloon Sinuplasty? – CT Sinus Center

balloon sinuplasty

No one wants to suffer from sinusitis. No one really wants to have a medical procedure either; they worry about side effects, recovery time and cost. At CT Sinus Center, we fully understand that these are legitimate concerns that can keep you from starting on the path to sinus issue wellness. In fact, in last week’s blog, we discussed that there are only a few possible minor side effects and basically no recovery time for balloon sinuplasty. In this blog, we want to continue to help alleviate your fears by talking about the cost of the procedure.

Unfortunately, giving you the exact cost of balloon sinuplasty is difficult because it is based on a bunch of different factors, including facility and insurance policies. However, we can tell you that at CT Sinus Center, the procedure is covered by insurance, and if you give your company a call, they will be able to give you more specific information. We also welcome Medicaid and Medicare Patients. And if you’re still worried about the cost, call us and we will walk you through it and help you with arrangements.

What is the cost of not having balloon sinuplasty?

To begin with, when you suffer from chronic sinus issues, it’s pretty miserable and expensive. But do you realize how much it really affects your overall quality of life? Our blog “The Real Costs of Allergies” (and sinusitis) reminds you of just that with things including: loss in productivity, lost family time and poor nutrition.

When you do the math, both literally and figuratively, you can see the value having balloon sinuplasty and finding permanent relief from your sinus issues. So stop hesitating — call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment. With four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — distance isn’t a factor either.

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

 


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


Bursting Beliefs About Balloon Sinus Dilation – CT Sinus Center

Balloon Sinus DilationIf you’ve experienced chronic sinusitis, you fully understand the debilitating impact it can have on your quality of life. Stop suffering! CT Sinus Center offers a non-invasive, in-house procedure called Balloon Sinus Dilation that can put a permanent end to your chronic sinusitis and get you back to enjoying life in just under an hour.  

What is chronic sinusitis?

There are two types of sinusitis: acute and chronic. Acute resembles a cold and will go away on its own unless it turns into a bacterial infection, for which antibiotics are necessary. Chronic, on the other hand, doesn’t respond to rest and medication, and as the name suggests, recurs regularly.

In order to be diagnosed as having 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

What is Balloon Sinus Dilation?

The procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia. 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.

What are the procedure’s benefits?

The benefits of Balloon Sinus Dilation include:

  • Long-term relief
  • Minimal downtime and recovery time
  • Increased airflow in nasal passages
  • Promotes draining and natural healing
  • Decrease in headaches
  • Non-invasive procedure done under local anesthesia

Want to know more? In this CT Style segment, Dr. Loughlin explains the full Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure and its benefits. But you don’t just have to take our word for it — the following patient testimonials say it all:

Am I a candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation?

If you are experiencing the above symptoms, as well as the following, you are a perfect 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

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. If you are a candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation, we will do everything we can to make sure you are prepared, calm and comfortable throughout your whole experience.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — get the permanent sinus relief you’re looking for.  

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


Making Sense of Losing Senses

SensesFall is a favorite season for many, especially Connecticut folks, with our senses being stimulated with the classic pumpkin and cinnamon flavors that fill both the air and our stomachs. Sadly, there are some people who don’t have the benefit of smelling and tasting these sweet fall flavors. This loss of two senses can be caused by a number of things, including sinus conditions — none of which are ever any fun.

Allergies and Sinusitis

Whether it’s the fall leaves, the back to school (or work) dust and mold, or even hay fever, fall allergens can be anywhere. Allergies, themselves, can present cold-like symptoms, such as congestion. For more information on fall allergies, check out our previous blog post, “What’s Up with Fall Allergies.” Over time, allergies can turn into a serious case of sinusitiswhich also presents cold-like symptoms when your sinuses (the area around your nasal passages) become swollen, clogged and infected. For more information, see “Sinusitis: Acute vs. Chronic.”

In both conditions, the major pressure and inflammation around your nose and head can seriously affect your sense of smell and taste. But, how does it effect these senses? The olfactory nerves (which allow us to smell) can become blocked by that inflammation. You’ve probably noticed that even with a small cold, your sense of smell is lessened as result of a stuffy nose. When you experience long-term sinusitis or allergies, that sense of smell can be diminished for months, or even longer. The American Rhinologic Society explains: “[T]he chronic inflammation from [sinusitis] can also permanently affect smell by damaging the special cells and nerves of the smell pathway.” Since smell and taste going hand in hand, that means your sense of taste is gone as well.

Nasal Obstruction

The loss of taste and smell can be structural as well. Both nasal polyps and deviated septums can cause a blockage that blocks the “smell nerves,” lessening those senses.

Treatments

There are a few different temporary methods for treating the loss of these senses. These include:

There are also a series of tests that can pinpoint the exact cause of your congestion, whether it be an allergy test or a sinus examination. Knowing your triggers will help you better prepare for your next reaction.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, let our expert physicians at CT Sinus Center help. We offer two cutting-edge, non-invasive procedures that are done in our office, in about an hour, that will open up the nasal passageways that are blocked and inflamed:

Once your nasal passages are cleared, your sense of smell will begin to come back, and so will your sense of taste, restoring your sense of happiness.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices. After all, the old adage goes: “All’s well that smells well.”

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


Are Natural Remedies Effective for Allergies?

Natural remediesThere are a ton of different pharmaceuticals, prescription and over-the-counter, on the market for treating seasonal allergies. However, many people are looking for a natural path in preventing and lessening allergy symptoms. This search can be for a number of reasons, including cost and side effects. But for those of us who have grown up with drugstore treatments, we may find ourselves asking: Do natural remedies really work?

According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP):

From a naturopathic viewpoint, allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, immune, and digestive functions. Natural treatments are used to support and improve those functions and to alleviate hay fever symptoms. For seasonal allergies, beginning natural treatments 1–2 months before the season starts can help reduce the severity of symptoms. Good health can help ease allergy symptoms, and good health starts with nutrition.

But what would medical doctors and allergists say?

WebMD quotes Mary Hardy, MD, director of integrative medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles: “Using nature-based products can be a very useful way to handle mild allergies and a useful adjunct for more significant allergies, and there are many types of treatments you can safely try.” In fact, in a section called “Natural Allergy Remedies,” WebMD examines each of the following natural allergy treatments, their use and their effectiveness:

We’ve also examined a few natural remedies in our own blogs:

The general consensus seems to be that some of the natural remedies listed above do help some people some of the time. People also recommend vitamins for allergy symptoms, but there have yet to be any conclusive scientific results regarding their specific impact on sinus issues. In addition, doctors caution that some supplements may trigger allergic reactions themselves, so you should always research and consult your doctor before using them.

That said, we do know the risks for the most common types of allergy medications, and those aren’t ideal either:

  • Antihistamines: dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, restlessness or moodiness, blurred vision, confusion, possible risks with long-term use, and negative interactions with specific medications.
  • Decongestants: dizziness, anxiety, nausea, headaches, increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, nosebleeds, throat irritation and increased tolerance.

On top of all of these risks and costs, both allergy medication and natural remedies are only temporary solutions. So if you are looking for a more permanent end to your allergy suffering, schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center to see how we can help. When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about your medical history and your symptoms. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your discomfort 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 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 start breathing freely, like nature intended.

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


The Different Type of Tissues

tissuesWhen allergies hit, tissues are essential, and in the heat of the moment, you usually reach for whatever is closest to you. However, if you’ve ever shopped for tissues (and most of us have), you may have been overwhelmed by how many kinds are available. Of course, having options is great, but which type is the best?

Like most things, it depends on what you’re looking for.

How can You Find the Right Tissues?

Tissues are identified by their strength, which is measured by how many layers it has. So tissue that is 1-, 2- or 3-ply has 1, 2 or 3 layers, respectively. As you would imagine, the more layers, the stronger, and more absorbent, the piece is. And if you’ve ever used a tissue, which we’re sure you have, then you know that you don’t want one that falls apart in your hands.

Some types of tissues have the following natural additives to help sooth your irritated nose:

  • Lotion: moisturizes the skin around your nose
  • Aloe vera: has antibacterial properties to help fight infection in your chaffed skin
  • Vitamin E: is an antioxidant that helps protect and heal skin
  • Menthol: cools and helps clear your nasal passages

What to Watch Out For

Unfortunately, some types of tissues also contain surfactants and chemicals, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, chlorine, and isopropyl palmitate, that are used in the softening and bleaching processes. (If you’re interested in how tissues are made, watch this Science Channel segment “How It’s Made Tissues.”)  For some people, these elements can trigger contact dermatitis, and some brands use these more than others, so you should always check the ingredients on the tissue box.

However, if you are ready to leave the tissues behind, or at least those you use for allergy attacks, schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center to see how we can help. When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about when and where you mostly experience allergy symptoms. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your nasal 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

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices and cross facial tissues off your shopping list this allergy season.

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


Can I Be Allergic to My Allergy Medicine?

Allergy MedicineWhen allergy season hits, you’re likely to reach for some allergy medicine that will relieve your symptoms. Whether that be a prescription or an over-the-counter remedy, all of these treatments can not only make a serious dent in your budget, but they also come with the risk of side effects, including drug interactions. One of the greatest risks of allergy medicine is the possibility of an allergic reaction as severe as anaphylactic shock.

According the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI):

[I]f you have an allergy to a particular medication, your immune system identifies that drug as an invader or allergen. Your immune system may react to medications in several ways. One type of immune reaction is due to production of antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) specific to the drug. These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, triggering an immediate allergic reaction. This reaction causes symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin and usually occurs within minutes to a few hours of taking the drug.

The most common immune response to a drug is due to the expansion of T cells, a type of white blood cell that recognize the drug as foreign. These T cells orchestrate a delayed immune response that most often affects the skin, causing itchy rashes, and occurs days to weeks after exposure to the drug.

Most allergic reactions occur within hours to two weeks after taking the medication and most people react to medications to which they have been exposed in the past. This process is called “sensitization.” However, rashes may develop up to six weeks after starting certain types of medications.

Which drugs pose a higher risk?

While an allergic reaction to allergy medicine is rare, Drugs.com states that the following drugs have been know to trigger attacks in some people:

  • Pseudoephedrine (sympathomimetic) used in decongestants
  • Chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine) contains both active and inactive ingredients that can be triggers
  • Prednisone, (steroid) an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant
  • Ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
  • Acetaminophen, analgesic and an antipyretic (used to prevent or relieve fever)

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as any medication can cause a reaction in certain people. So if you don’t want to take the chance and are looking for a safer and more permanent way to put an end to your allergy symptoms, schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center today. When you come into one of our four conveniently-located offices, our expert staff will sit down with you to discuss your symptoms and medical history and perform a thorough exam in order to determine exactly what is triggering your reaction. Once the results are in, we we’ll develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle. You may even be eligible for one of our in-house procedures that will help relieve sinus pressure and pain:

  • 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 us today at 860-BALLOON and say goodbye to your symptoms and the mounting allergies bills and risks.

For more information on all things sinus and allergy, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.


Acetaminophen and Sinus Headaches

Business worker at office with sinus painWhen you’re not feeling well, especially if you have a sinus headache, you may reach for something to relieve your pain. You’ll very likely choose one of two over-the-counter common pain relievers:

  • NSAIDs
  • Acetaminophen

NSAIDs are a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that comes in three forms: aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve). These pills come with the risk of the side effects, the degree of which depending on factors such as age, medical issues and drug interactions.

People who can’t, or rather not, take NSAIDs, may take acetaminophen, brand name Tylenol. Acetaminophen is an analgesic and an antipyretic (used to prevent or relieve fever) drug. The risk of side effects acetaminophen are rare, but do exist. Healthline lists them as:

  • Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • Breathing problems
  • Fever or sore throat
  • Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • Trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Unusual weakness or exhaustion
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin

Symptoms of Acetaminophen Overdose

It is very important to take the prescribed dosage of acetaminophen because of the possibility of overdosing. It’s also important to be aware whether or not the other medicines you are taking contain the drug because of overdose risk. Signs of an overdose (per Drugs.com) include:

First 24 hours:

  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and loss of appetite
  • Paleness
  • Tiredness
  • Sweating

24 to 72 hours after the overdose, you may also have any of the following:

  • Pain in your upper right side
  • Dark urine
  • Urinating less often than usual
  • Skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow

72 to 96 hours after the overdose, you may also have any of the following:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Fever, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Extreme weakness or tiredness
  • Feeling very hungry, or shaking
  • Blurred vision, a fast heartbeat, or headache that will not go away
  • Trouble staying awake
  • Confusion
  • Coma

If you experience any of these symptoms, get emergency help immediately. There are tests and treatments that can be done to detect and counteract the overdose, and the sooner the better. Overdose can lead to liver damage.

Still not sure if acetaminophen is safe for you?

Even with a safe dosage, talking acetaminophen carries risks. Before you take it, contact your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have liver disease or drink alcohol often. Also, Mayo Clinic warns that taking acetaminophen may cause false results with glucose and other medical tests.

For most people, at the right dosage, acetaminophen is helpful and safe. However, its results are also temporary. If you are looking for a more permanent solution for your sinus headaches, reach for the phone and call CT Sinus Center today. When you come in, our expert team will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, they’ll perform a series of tests to get to the bottom of what is causing your headache and develop an individualized treatment plan that fits 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:

  • 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

Stop letting a sinus headache make you lose your grip. Call us today at 860-BALLOON, and start breathing a sigh of relief. With four conveniently-located offices, help is just around the corner.

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


Cough Drops, Lozenges and Throat Sprays: What’s the Difference?

 

69606430_lThere is nothing like the annoyance of a sore throat, and for most people, once it starts, relief can’t come soon enough. In our blog “How to Soothe a Sore Throat,” we looked at all the different symptoms of the ailment and how you can treat it. Sore throats are often caused by a virus, with the exception of strep, which is a bacterial infection, so antibiotics are of no use. Instead, people reach for cough drops, lozenges and throat sprays. In this blog, we want to focus on two specific remedies, lozenges and throat sprays, and their ingredients.

Why did we leave out cough drops in that last sentence? Well, it’s because while many people think cough drops and lozenges are different things, they actually aren’t. That said, not all lozenges and throat sprays are created the same.

Which remedy is the best one for me?

The answer depends on your symptoms. Different lozenges and throat sprays have different ingredients, or different percentages of ingredients. Each ingredient has different properties. Therefore, when choosing a treatment, read the label carefully to make sure it’ll do what you want it to.

Let’s break down the common active ingredients in both lozenges and throat sprays:

  • Benzocaine: a numbing agent that relieves pain and can ease coughs
  • Dextromethorphan: an agent that works with your brain to suppress the cough reflex
  • Menthol: a minty oral anesthetic/analgesic designed to cool the painful area and subsequently, suppress cough. Menthol vapors also work to relieve nasal congestion.
  • Phenol: a combined oral anesthetic and analgesic used mostly in throat sprays

While lozenges and sprays can be effective in treating your sore throat and cough, they are only temporary solutions. If you are looking for something more permanent, especially if you have recurring sore throats, make an appointment with CT Sinus Center to see how we can help.

In many cases, your pain could be caused by post-nasal drip from a sinus condition, or even a problem with your tonsils and adenoids. So when you come in, our expert team will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, they’ll perform a series of tests to get to the bottom of what is causing your sore throat and develop an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

Don’t let a sore throat be a pain in the neck. Call us today at 860-BALLOON, and start breathing a sigh of relief. With four conveniently-located offices, help is just around the corner.

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