Monthly Archives: May 2015

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!


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!

What Can I Do Before My Appointment: Herbal Sinusitis Remedies

Herbal Sinusitis Remedies

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.

Fatigue and Irritability: Sinusitis Symptoms That Hold You Down

Fatigue and Irritability

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.