May 6, 2019
Do Your Allergies Hide These Underlying Sinus Problems?
For every five allergy patients we see, we find chronic sinus problems in at least one. These are patients who don't even realize that they have sinus problems, they only notice the allergy component. If that patient is not properly diagnosed, they're not going to see much relief with allergy treatment alone. Structural nasal and sinus problems don't go away unless they are repaired.
Sinus treatment isn’t the first thing most people think about when they hear about our clinics. They’ll think about allergy testing, allergy drops, or even more recently, Oral Immunotherapy Treatment for food allergies. You’ll even hear a lot more people call us Aspire Allergy than our full name of Aspire Allergy & Sinus. While fighting environmental and food allergies are very important things we do, our sinus treatment is just as important.
Why won't my allergies go away?
Have you ever had allergies? If you have, then you know how distracting it can be. But did you know that recurring allergies might be pointing at underlying sinus issues? Here's a list of common sinus problems:
- A thick, yellow, or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
- Nasal congestion or difficulty breathing through one side of your nose
- Throbbing, pain, tenderness, or swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead
- Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Cough -- sometimes worse at night
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Two or more sinus infections in a year
Lots of people get allergies every year. Most of our patients come to see us because their allergies are just not going away, and the seasons change but their symptoms stay the same. If these symptoms sound familiar, take our sinus quiz to help determine if it's just bad allergies or a sinus issue.
How do I treat my sinus issues?
We always encourage patients to start out with saline rinses to help with sinus issues. A neti pot can work wonders, but sometimes that’s not enough.
At this point many patients move on to nasal sprays, but these are not good to take for more than a couple weeks. This is where we move into the modern way to repair sinuses - Balloon Sinuplasty.
One thing we stress at Aspire Allergy & Sinus is that we’re ahead of the curve, giving advanced treatment options to our patients. This carries into our surgical philosophy where we only provide the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments. Our surgeons began using Balloon Sinuplasty during its development, giving us a head start on the learning curve. Although we get the most demand for our Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, we've developed a number of minimally invasive sinus treatments.
Standard sinus surgery is shockingly more invasive, requiring the removal of bone and tissue. This makes the recovery process almost unbearable as it requires a significant recovery without providing substantial benefit over sinuplasty. Strangely, this is still the procedure that many ear nose and throat surgeons use! Balloon Sinuplasty has delivered a modern way to fix sinus drainage problems without tissue removal. It cleans, restructures, and can permanently repair sinus blockage, all with a tool that can fit in your pocket. Within 15 or 20 minutes, our surgeons can gently dilate the blocked sinus openings with a tiny balloon. Patients are typically back to normal activities the very next day. See if you're a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty by taking our quiz!
As you know, our doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners have outstanding expertise in treating allergies. That means we give our patients all the necessary resources to address both the allergy component and the structural components of their problems. Why would you go somewhere else and only fix half of the problem? At Aspire Allergy & Sinus we strive to fully solve the problem by holistically looking at the issue and finding the root of the cause.
What if I have a structural sinus issue?
Many of our patients also have structural problems such as septal deviation, polyps, enlarged turbinates, nasal sidewall collapse, and allergic fungal sinus problems. Our surgeons have decades of experience and have worked tirelessly to develop minimally invasive techniques to fix all of these problems without the usual pain, bruising, swelling, and nasal packing that most patients experience elsewhere. Aspire Allergy & Sinus has always been laser-focused on nasal and sinus problems. Just ask our patients.
Once your sinuses become infected or irritated, every day can feel like a struggle. You may have trouble sleeping through the night, or your nose may simply run constantly, causing you to sneeze more frequently. Frequently, patients will also experience headaches and pressure in their ears when they get sick. We want to help you recover, so if you have any of these symptoms, please make an appointment!