Monthly Archives: September 2015

How Work is Making You Sick

You felt great when you woke up — well rested and ready to start the day. You had a nutritious breakfast, a strong cup of coffee, and even enjoyed the cool breeze coming through your half-open car window as you drove to work. However, now that you are at work, you feel like you’ve just been hit with a terrible head cold: you’re all congested and your eyes are itchy, you have sinus pressure and your throat is scratchy. What’s going on?

Unfortunately, you may be suffering from allergies. Many people don’t realize that workspaces can be filled with all kinds of irritants that can trigger allergies, even allergies you didn’t know you had.

Two of the most common causes of allergies in the workplace are dust mites and mold. While you can definitely find these irritants at home, and they are primary causes of seasonal allergies, you are also more in control of taking care of these problems in your own house. At work, while you can keep your area clean, you may not have access to other places of concern, such as the ventilation system or even coworkers’ spaces.

Speaking of coworkers, another primary source of workplace allergies is the fragrance in beauty products. When you hear this, you may think about that one coworker who comes to the office smelling like she bathed in perfume. However the problem isn’t always that extreme; nowadays, fragrance is in everything from shampoo to body wash to cosmetics. And even if each item on its own may not bother you, the combination may. Now consider this and multiply the issue by how many coworkers you have. That is a huge combination of fragrances.

Also, how many of your coworkers have pets? Of course, unless it is “bring your pet to work day,” you don’t have to worry about Fido making you sneeze, right? Well, think again. People with highly sensitive allergies can be affected by the pet dander on coworkers’ clothes and personal belongings.

The good news is that if this sounds like you, now you can legitimately tell people that work is making you sick. But short of quitting your job, what can you do about it? Well, for short-term help, you can try over-the-counter medications. The problem is they only work temporarily, and the more your allergies flare up, the more fatigued you become. In turn, the more fatigued you are, the more your allergies flare up. It’s a vicious circle, and considering the amount of time you spend at work, you probably want relief that is a bit more permanent.

So when you are ready to say goodbye to workplace allergies, call CT Sinus Center at 860-BALLOON  to book a consultation with one of our knowledgeable physicians. We will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your specific symptoms and treatment options, including Balloon Sinus Dilation, a non-invasive procedure available only at CT Sinus Center that will end your sinus suffering forever.

Come visit us so that the next time you have to call out sick, it’s because you are planning a fun day rather than experiencing terrible allergies. But don’t tell your employer we said that.

The Truth About Fall Allergies


It’s that time of the year again. The humidity is gone, pumpkin spice everything is available, and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. You might be enjoying all of the season’s charm if your head wasn’t so stuffy. Unfortunately, you are probably experiencing the following symptoms as well:

  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Sinus pressure and facial pain
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste

Like millions of other people, you are suffering from fall allergies. Yes, fall allergies are a real thing. Contrary to popular belief, allergies are actually year-round, caused by different irritants. In fact, about 75% of people who suffer from spring allergies will also suffer from fall ones.

Ragweed, which can release its pollen through October, is the most common cause of fall allergies. The pollen is an ambitious little material that can travel through the wind for hundreds of miles. What this means is that even if there is no ragweed growing anywhere around you, you can still have a reaction to the pollen.

Mold spores are another common trigger for discomfort. Mold flourishes in damp or wet areas, and while you are aware of susceptible spots in your house, you probably don’t think about the ones outside. Problematic mold can exist in piles of wet leaves or rotting fruits and vegetables, such as those in your garden and in the carved Halloween pumpkin on your front porch.

Another fall allergy trigger is the return to school. Have you noticed that your child seems to be suffering from allergies more now after going back? Is this a coincidence or more in the line of “the dog ate my homework”? Believe it or not, the truth is that your child may actually be allergic to school, and this is something to sneeze at. Chances are that many of the classrooms have been closed up for the entire summer, and without proper ventilation and regular cleaning, mold and dust mites can build to harmful levels — especially in older buildings.  

There is good news, however. Even with fall allergies, you are not condemned to stay in your house all season feeling miserable, nor should you keep your child home from school. There are many over-the-counter medicines that may bring some relief, but if those don’t work, schedule a consultation with us. One of our knowledgeable physicians will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and available treatment options, including Balloon Sinus Dilation. a non-invasive procedure that will put a permanent end to your sinus conditions. Balloon Sinus Dilation is available only at CT Sinus Center.

For more information on how CT Sinus Center can offer you permanent relief from allergies year-round, book your appointment by calling (203) 574-5997. Don’t let the charm of the fall season pass you by.

CT Sinus Center – Testimonial: India Nazario

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“I’ve actually been suffering from allergies and all of the sinus symptoms of the pressure and congestion . . . honestly, since I was a child.”

Like many other adults, India just chalked this suffering up to a normal part of life. It certainly wasn’t pleasant, but it was just something she had to get through.

Then one day she heard about Dr. Loughlin at CT Sinus Center. India finally decided that “enough is enough” and made the appointment to go in for a consultation. She recalls that the minute she walked through the door, she was met with a friendly, smiling staff that immediately put her at ease.

And while India admits that she was nervous about Balloon Sinus Dilation, Dr. Loughlin sat down with her and thoroughly explained the entire procedure. It was then that she was “ready to go through with it and really start living.”

India’s Balloon Sinus Dilation, went seamlessly. The actual procedure usually takes about an hour and is non-evasive and done under local anesthesia. Dr. Loughlin walked her through every step, making her feel comfortable the entire time. As she left the office, just minutes after the procedure, she could breathe more easily than she had for years. And with this permanent relief, India would never have to settle for suffering through her respiratory ailments again.

India’s story is not unique. Hundreds of patients come into CT Sinus Center every year with allergy and sinusitis issues. Dr. Loughlin takes the time to personally consult with each patient to discuss her/his specific needs, concerns, and available treatment options.  

To find out more about CT Sinus Center, visit our website and check into our blog weekly!


Cold vs. Flu

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You woke up this morning and something didn’t feel quite right. You suddenly remembered that last night your throat was a little scratchy, and you were really hoping a good night’s sleep would take care of that. Instead, today you feel like you’ve hardly slept at all and you can barely breathe through your nose. To top it off, you’re coughing now too.

You can tell yourself anything you want, but the reality is: you’re sick.

It’s that time of the year again — the  air is crisper, the leaves are falling, and you have a cold or the flu. Do you need to know which one? Well, yes. Knowing will help you decide whether to tough it out or take the day off. More importantly, it will tell you if you need medical assistance and should book an appointment with CT Sinus Center.

So how do you know? The common cold and the flu are often mistaken for each other. Both illnesses cause a sore throat, congestion, coughing, and fatigue. Both can also cause headaches, although they are more common and more severe in the flu.

In addition, colds tend to sneak up on you a little at a time, first your throat and then your nose . . . The flu, on the other hand, comes on quickly and just hits you. Conversely, a cold begins to go away in just a few days, while flu symptoms can linger for weeks and may require medical help.

Temperature is another indicator of whether you are suffering from cold or flu symptoms. A cold won’t present a fever over 102 degrees, but the flu will. (Note: Be aware that a high fever, especially a persisting one, is a sign of infection and should be checked out immediately by a medical professional. If you are experiencing this, don’t wait, call us at (203) 574-5997.)

Still not sure what’s making you miserable? Are you experiencing chills and sweats, nausea and cramping, loss of appetite, and even muscle aches? If not, and you are just stuffy, drink plenty of liquids, get some rest, and see if you are feeling better in a few days. If not, make an appointment with us to see if you are suffering from allergies or sinusitis, and we can sit down with you and talk about our options for granting you permanent relief

However, if after a few days you aren’t feeling any better or are feeling worse, you most likely have the flu. Like with a cold, make sure you drink plenty of liquids and get a lot of rest. You can also speak to your doctor or pharmacist about flu medications to lessen your symptoms while you wait it out. Most of all, take it easy for a few days and avoid contact with others to avoid spreading the virus.

And while you may be down for the count for a while, the flu usually passes after about two weeks. But if you don’t see any improvements within that time, schedule a consultation with one of our experts to see how we can help you get back on your feet.

To find out more about CT Sinus Center, visit our website and check into our blog weekly!


Testimonial: Devon Richtmeyer

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.01.49 PM“I’ve been getting sinus infections, one after another.”

Sound familiar? If so, you’ll soon learn that you aren’t alone. If you’ve been suffering from regular sinus ailments, recurring sinus infections, sinus pain, facial pain or headaches, there’s a good chance that your sinus cavities are congested. These types of ailments are entirely curable; your cavities can be safely drained, which will reduce or eliminate your pain and provide you with long-lasting relief.

At CT Sinus Center, our balloon sinus dilation procedure is an excellent option for those who suffer from regular sinus ailments – not to mention, it’s the only procedure known to have permanent results.

One patient who benefitted from balloon sinus dilation is Devon Richtmeyer. Devon spent a lifetime dealing with recurring sinus infections until she decided to take permanent action. She discovered the unique balloon procedure at CT Sinus Center, and decided to make an appointment to discuss whether the procedure was right for her condition.

Soon after, Dr. Chris Loughlin met with Devon and determined that the balloon sinus dilation procedure was in fact the best fit for her specific symptoms.  During the consultation process, Dr. Loughlin explained everything that was going to occur during the procedure, including how she wouldn’t miss work, wouldn’t be subject to anesthesia, and would be in and out within 90 minutes. He made Devon aware of every step, laying them out in full detail before booking the follow-up.

After undergoing the procedure, Devon immediately noticed a difference. “It was a noticeable change in ease of breathing, and I haven’t had any other sinus infections since then, which is exciting,” said Devon. “The ease of breathing is the [most important] thing for me. It’s been awesome.”

That awesome feeling that Devon felt after receiving permanent sinus relief is something that you can experience, too, starting with a consultation at the CT Sinus Center. The sinus experts there will determine the cause of your sinus issues and diagnose them accordingly.  While most patients do qualify for balloon sinus dilation, those who don’t will benefit from the entire ear, nose and throat procedures and cures at the CT Sinus Center’s sister brand, Westwood ENT.  Whatever your sinus case may be, you can trust that CT Sinus Center will have the remedy for all of your sinus-related ailments.

Connect with us today to begin your path to permanent relief!