Category: Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be acute or chronic, but either way, can negatively impact your life when it doesn’t have to. Learn about the signs and symptoms of sinusitis and how you can find permanent relief at CT Sinus Center.


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.


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.


21 Resources for Sinus Issues — CT Sinus Center

sinus issues

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 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.


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 Sinusitis

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 Sinusitis

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 additional information on sinus-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.