Monthly Archives: April 2015

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.


Could Bad Breath Be a Warning Sign?

Bad Breath

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)!

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.


Welcome to the Center for Permanent Sinus Relief

Permanent Sinus Relief

Permanent Sinus Relief

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!