Monthly Archives: June 2015

What Happens When You Have a Deviated Septum

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Kids are very active these days. Extra curricular signup sheets for activities such as softball, soccer, and basketball tend to fill up fast. Of course, parents love this because it means children are participating in something that is keeping their little ones both active and healthy. However, there are also times when these activities make parents nervous. No matter how resilient kids may seem, the truth is, they get very competitive while playing and end up getting dirty, or worse, hurt. An accidental blow to the face with a stray baseball or elbow is enough to result in a black eye or a structure within the nose being knocked out of place. This is one way a person can end up with a deviated septum.

When you have a deviated septum, a thin wall between your nostrils—the nasal septum—becomes displaced. If it goes too much to one side, the deviation makes many people have one nasal passage that is smaller than the other. As you can imagine, this makes it difficult to breathe through your nose and easy for mucous to buildup, possibly leading to a sinus infection. In fact, people with this condition tend to experience chronic sinusitis and nosebleeds more than those with a normal septum. Another thing to note is that injury to the head or face is not the only way to end up with a deviated septum—you can also be born with one.

Deviated septums are nothing to be too worried about, as they’re more of a nuisance than life-threatening. If someone you know has one, you should consider bringing them in to get looked at. Their quality of life will be better once they can start breathing normally again and not have to deal with constant sinus issues. If the person in question is a young athlete as described above, we are sure they will want to get back to doing what they love as fast as possible. Help them breathe easy; book an appointment with the experts at CT Sinus Center. We’ll have them fixed up and back in the game in no time!

Loss of Smell and Taste Due to Chronic Sinusitis or Allergies

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Loss of smell and taste due to chronic sinusitis or allergies can be quite frustrating, especially when you have a lot going on. Now that the official first day of summer (and Father’s Day) is less than a week away, there could be barbeques, gardening, pool parties and more in your near future. Don’t you want to be able to smell all the smells and taste all the flavors of the summer? Why is it that there can be a loss of smell and taste due to chronic sinusitis or allergies, anyway? Perhaps you think you understand the part about the sense of smell since your nose may be blocked, but what about taste? Your taste buds should be working since that area couldn’t possibly be affected, right?

Well actually, the ability to smell also affects our ability to taste. They work together, so without a sense of smell, our taste buds can only detect a few flavors. As for our sense of smell, in adults, the most common causes of issues are a loss of smell due to an ongoing process in the nose or sinuses (like sinusitis or allergies), or loss of smell due to an injury (affecting the specialized nerve tissue at the top of the nose, or another physical obstruction, such as a nasal polyp). Some people with this problem report their sense of smell coming back shortly after exercise or showering. However, this relief is often just temporary. Some patients also report (temporary) improvement with medication (like antibiotics or corticosteroids).

A person’s sense of smell is very easily taken for granted. It is actually bestowed upon us by a complex system driven by specific processes—and without it, we could unknowingly put ourselves in dangerous situations (such as not being able to smell fire, gas leaks, or food that has gone bad). This can greatly affect quality of life, so if you are experiencing loss of smell and taste due to chronic sinusitis or allergies, please come into your nearest CT Sinus Center and let us help!

When Will It End? How to Stop Chronic Sinusitis for Good

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Nobody likes getting a cold. However, when it’s happening all the time, it becomes a bit much. Sinus infections can be more than annoying—they can leave earaches, headaches, and many things beyond the more obvious runny nose in their wake. With chronic sinusitis, some people are left wondering, “When will it end?” Chronic sinusitis can last several weeks for any one case and the postnasal drip can linger thereafter. In some people, it will keep coming back for years.

While there isn’t one single cause of chronic sinusitis, certain things are known to bring it on more frequently. The initial inflammation of the nasal passages when one has a cold or allergies tends to trigger it easily. Especially with people who have compromised immune systems, sinusitis almost feels inevitable once they start to get even a little bit stuffy. Sometimes, chronic sinusitis results from birth defects in the structure of the nasal passages, breathing in mold spores, or developing a nasal polyp—anything that can irritate or block the sinuses and prevent them from draining. The symptoms below may be very familiar to you if you have this recurring condition and have been wishing that you could just stop chronic sinus infections for good:

  • Facial pressure and pressure
  • Cough and congestion
  • Thick, discolored mucous
  • Inability to breathe through the nose

If you’re searching for a way to stop chronic sinus infections for good, your search ends here. Having reached this blog, you have already taken the first step. Countless people have been coming here and putting a stop to their chronic sinus infections. Why are these people beaming with delight? You would be too if you signed on for one of our simple, non-invasive procedures. Since we provide permanent relief, patients typically never even have to come in again. Wouldn’t you like to be one of our patients? You can be! Just reach out.