Monthly Archives: December 2016


Resources for Being Sinusitis Free in the New Year

New YearThe new year is a time for reflection, and in this blog, we are going to take a look back at some of what we learned about sinus and allergy issues in the past year. Hopefully these resources will provide you with what you need to transition into 2017 totally sinus free!

What causes allergy/sinus problems?

What’s all the hype about gluten?

How can I treat allergy/sinus problems?

More allergy facts:

With all of the resolutions you are going to make for the new year, why not make one that will put a permanent end to your allergy/sinus suffering? Call CT Sinus Center and schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians to see what we can do for you. Our philosophy of patient-centered care will put you at ease the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave (even if you need a procedure). First, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your symptoms before doing thorough diagnostic testing to see exactly what is triggering your condition. Afterward, we’ll develop an individualized treatment plan that fits your specific lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will permanently end your suffering in around an hour:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing.
  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices, and breathe easy into the new year.

For more information on all things sinus– and allergy-related, visit the CT Sinus website and blog.


5 Tips for Handling the Holidays with Allergies

HolidaysIt’s the most wonderful time of the year again; a time when friends and families join together to celebrate the holidays. With the festivities getting closer, we wanted to take time to share some resources that will help you stay happy and healthy into the new year.

  1. Safety first. Safety Through the Season, 2015’s holiday contribution, takes a look the dangers that accompany the holiday season from fire danger to accidental food allergies to alcohol intolerance.
  2. Leave dust in the dust. Bust Your Dust Mite Allergy offers helpful tips on keeping your home free of allergens, which is especially important during a season when the windows are kept closed and the air is poorly circulated. Dust, and mold spores, can also sneak into your living areas on holiday decorations that have been stored away for the past year.
  3. Speaking of mold. In 7 Tips Com(piled) for Mold Allergy Season, we talked about mold and pollen that lives in the fallen leaves and damp conditions. Unfortunately, these allergens can also hitch a ride on your fresh-cut tree you set up in the living room and the logs you bring in for that cozy fire.
  4. You look marvelous. As you prepare to go out and celebrate, keep in mind that this may not be the best time to experiment with new beauty products or fragrances. Breaking out in an itchy rash or sneezing all night isn’t a good look for anyone.
  5. Come and get it. Of course we would be remiss if we didn’t provide links to tasty allergy-free recipes. For holiday treats appropriate for all different dietary needs, visit the following sites:

Everyone here at CT Sinus Center wishes you a safe and wonderful holiday season. We hope you get to spend time with friends and family and you get everything you ask for. However, if you get the gift of allergy relief this year, contact us at 860-BALLOON and make an appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices. Our expert physicians will help you discover the joy that comes with allergy-free living through every season.

Happy holidays from our family, to yours!

For more information on allergy and sinus conditions, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.


Cold Weather and Colds: Facts and Fiction

Cold weatherNow that the cold weather is here, cold season is upon us. After all, the temperature is where the name for the pesky condition comes from, isn’t it?

Well linguistic lesson aside, there actually is a connection between cold weather and the coughing, sneezing and nose blowing that seems to appear out of nowhere and keep you from enjoying the things you love to do during the winter season. In this blog we are going to sort out what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to cold weather and colds.

Fiction: A cold is brought upon by exposure to cold temperatures.

Fact: A cold is brought on by exposure to a virus. There are actually over 200 types of cold virus out there, but the most common one is the rhinovirus.

Fiction: Wearing a scarf over your nose has no impact on whether or not you’ll catch a cold.

Fact: Studies have found that cold virus is more effectively replicated in the nasal passages when they are exposed to low temperatures. Therefore, keeping your nasal passages covered will actually help you stay healthy. (Now might be a good time to call your mom and thank her for all those times she wouldn’t let you leave the house without being all bundled up.)

Fiction: You will likely get a cold by just staying indoors in dry, heated air.

Fact: It’s not actually the air, but the exposure to viruses that hang around in stagnant, poorly ventilated air that will get you. However, it is true that this air dries out the mucus in our nose, and since mucus is our first line of defense against the cold virus, dry air is an indirect cause of getting sick.

Can’t get enough of interesting common cold facts? Here are some more presented by the American Lung Association:

  • A cold may last for about one week, but some colds last longer, especially in children, the elderly and those in poor health.
  • In the United States, colds account for more visits to the doctor than any other condition.
  • Adults get an average of two to four colds per year, mostly between September and May.
  • Young children suffer from an average of six to eight colds per year.
  • Colds are highly contagious. They most often spread when droplets of fluid that contain a cold virus are transferred by touch. These droplets may also be inhaled.

Now the question is: Are you suffering from the common cold or it the flu? Or is it winter allergies? If you’re not sure (or you are sure it’s allergies), make an appointment with CT Sinus Center today to find out how we can help you find relief. When you come in, we will ask you all about your symptoms and discuss your medical history. Next, we’ll utilize effective diagnostic tools to get to the root of your suffering and create an individualized treatment plan that will have you putting down the tissues and picking back the enjoyment of your favorite activities.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians. With four conveniently-located offices across the state, there is one in your neighborhood.

For more information on allergies and sinuses, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.


The Real Costs of Allergies: Medications

Medication CostsNot long ago, in our blog “The Real Costs of Allergies,” we examined the hefty price that people who suffer from allergies pay. This cost includes anything from copays, to lost wages, to depression. In fact, in our previous blog “Say ‘No’ to Lifelong Sinus Medication,’” we shared a study by the Academy of Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care stating that (combined) per year, sinus sufferers spend $17.5 billion on health costs, lose 6 million work and school days, and make 16 million visits to the doctor. Those statistics themselves are depressing, but let’s break them down a little further and talk about the specific costs of the typical medication used to treat allergy symptoms. Please keep in mind that these prices are averages per month (unless otherwise stated) and vary based on whether they are brand name or generic, prescription or over-the-counter, out-of-pocket or covered by insurance deductibles or copays.

Sure some of these costs aren’t bad if you only have symptoms once in awhile. However, if you are like most sufferers, you have them year-round, and those costs can really add up, even with insurance. And that is not even taking into account the rest of the costs you face when you have allergies as we mentioned above.

If you could, wouldn’t you want to put an end to your sinus and allergy suffering and the costs inherent in it? You may be able to at CT Sinus Center. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians to see what we can do for you. When you come in, we will sit down with you and discuss your symptoms before doing thorough diagnostic testing to see exactly what is triggering your allergies. Next, in easy-to-understand language, we’ll explain our findings and treatment options. Finally, we’ll develop an individualized treatment plan that will free you from your symptoms. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will permanently end your suffering in around an hour:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing
  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices, and start spending your hard-earned money on things that you really want to buy.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.