Monthly Archives: January 2017


4 Reasons Your Eyes Water

Eyes waterTears play an important part in eye health — it is their job to nourish and lubricate the eye, keeping it functioning (and feeling) properly. Tears are produced in the lacrimal glands in the upper eyelid and then drain out through tear ducts and into the nose. To see how the tear process works, watch this video from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, sometimes things go wrong and you produce extra tears, or the normal amount of tears you do produce doesn’t drain properly, and your eyes water.

What are some of the reasons eyes water?

  1. Weather. If you’ve ever walked outside during a blustery day or even gone for a jog, you know that wind and cold weather can make your eyes water. This is because these elements dry out your eyes and your body creates extra tears to keep them lubricated in order to protect them.
  2. Allergens. The same things that trigger your nasal allergies pollen, mold, dander, dust, smoke — trigger your eye allergies. When you suffer from allergies and your encounter any of these things, your immune system produces histamine, which causes numerous symptoms, including itchy and/or watery eyes.
  3. Infection. Your eyes will also produce more tears when you have an infection as an attempt to wash away the germs. Unfortunately no matter how hard the tear system works, an eye infection requires medical attention and is extremely contagious. Two examples of eye infections are conjunctivitis (pink eye) and blepharitis.
  4. Improperly functioning tear ducts. WebMD explains: “If a tear duct becomes blocked or fails to open, tears cannot drain from the eye properly. The duct may fill with fluid and become swollen, inflamed, and sometimes infected.” Babies under a year old are likely to have blocked tear ducts, but luckily it tends to clear up on it’s own without any long-term effects. For adults, this condition is usually due to injury or a medical condition and needs treatment.

What should you do if your eyes water excessively?

Whenever you have issues with your eyes, it’s best to see a doctor and we have just the right ones. Our expert physicians at CT Sinus Center are trained in all-things allergy-related and will take the time to sit down with you, discuss your symptoms and medical history, and perform a thorough exam in order to determine exactly what is causing your eyes to over-water. Once the results are in, we will develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Treatment may include any of the medications listed in our blog “Should You Drop Your Allergy Eye Medications?” or, if it is determined that you have allergies, one of our two outpatient procedures:

  • 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 today to schedule your appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices and turn those watery eyes into tears of joy.

And for all things related to sinus conditions, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.


Are You Allergic to Exercise?

ExerciseHave you ever noticed that when you’re working out, especially with cardio activities, your nose starts to run? Or maybe after an exertive workout, you feel congested like you were just hit with a cold. If either of these scenarios sound familiar, then you must be allergic to exercise and now have an excuse to binge watch Netflix instead of going for that jog! No, just kidding. Exercise-induced rhinitis is a real thing, but while it’s inconvenient, it’s harmless.

Although the medical community (and many of us) know that this reaction exists, its exact cause is unknown. However, here are two popular theories:

  • Greater exposure to allergens. Of course if you are exercising outside, you are going to be surrounded by all of the things that usually trigger allergiespollen, grass, mold — and even things that cause nonallergic rhinitis such as cold air and car exhaust. In the same vein, if you are working out at a gym, it’s possible that you are allergic to something there, such as the chemicals they use to clean. It follows then that the harder you work out, the more your breathing deepens and speeds up, causing you to inhale more of the allergens.

  • Dilated blood vessels: The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) explains:

    Normally these blood vessels are in a half-constricted or half-open state. But when a person exercises vigorously, hormone (adrenaline) levels increase. Adrenaline causes constriction of the nasal membranes so that the air passages open up and the person breathes freely.

When you’re done exercising and less adrenaline and blood is flowing, your nasal passages expand again, which can make you feel congested.

Important note: Exercise-induced rhinitis is not to be confused with exercise-induced asthma and exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA), both of which need medical attention and treatment.

That said, if you are suffering from a runny or congested nose while exercising, it’s time to stop allowing it to keep you from fitness activities. After all, exercising is extremely important to your overall health and wellbeing. Schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center to find out how we can help you put down the tissues and pick up your performance. Through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, our expert physicians will find the right treatment for your specific symptoms. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will 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  CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices, and let us help you get back on that track and leave your exercise-induced rhinitis in the dust.

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


Are Sinus Navigation Systems Necessary?

Sinus NavigationYou may have seen advertisements and news stories on the latest trend in sinus procedure technology: Fiagon Sinus Navigation. In this blog we are going to take a look at it and see if it’s as good as it’s made out to be.

First, what is it?

Think of Fiagon Sinus Navigation as a GPS for your sinus cavity that allows your doctor to see and maneuver through structures within the cavity and pinpoint the area of trouble. Designed specifically for procedures performed in an office, it can be integrated into a doctor’s existing surgical setup.

Sounds great, but what’s in the fine print?

In essence, the navigation system is an additional procedure. This means that when it’s used, it adds cost and length to the original procedure.

Does CT Sinus Center use Fiagon Sinus Navigation?

No, we do not. Our physicians are all certified in specialized fields, some holding multiple degrees, others having even used their extensive knowledge to author various publications in their particular areas of expertise. In other words, Dr.Loughlin, Dr. Spinella and Dr. Marcus have the know-how and experience to perform procedures without using an additional navigation system — and have proven so time and time again.

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Does this mean that my procedure at CT Sinus Center is less effective than one that uses the navigation system?

Absolutely not. As we mentioned above, our physicians have been successfully carrying out sinus procedures using their own navigation abilities for over 50 years combined. So at CT Sinus Center, not only are you getting expert care that leads to permanent relief of your sinus conditions, you are not being forced to undergo an unnecessary extra step that will increase your costs and procedure length.

Want to know more?

If you are looking to put an end to your sinus suffering and want to find out how CT Sinus Center can provide superior, affordable treatment in just about an hour, call us today. Whether your specific case calls for Balloon Sinus Dilation or Turbinate Reductions, our expert physicians will make sure they put you on the right path to sinus health.

Make your appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices by calling 860-BALLOON. Our sinus procedures may not be offering extravagant bells and whistles, but they are providing superior, non-invasive, permanent relief. So save the GPS for driving instructions.

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


CT Sinus Center Welcomes Medicaid and Medicare Patients

MedicareAre you a Medicaid or Medicare patient who is:

If you are experiencing one or more of these conditions, have you been checked out by a specialist yet? Why not?

Our physicians at CT Sinus Center are certified experts in the treatment of all types of allergy and sinus discomfort and can have you feeling relief in no time. Our focus is on patient-centered care, which means that from the moment you first walk through the door, our staff will do whatever it takes to make sure that you are comfortable and that we come up with exactly the right treatment plan for you. To do this, we begin by sitting down and talking to you about your symptoms and medical history. Next, we’ll perform up-to-date tests to pinpoint exactly what is causing your suffering. Finally, we’ll develop your individualized treatment plan, which may include lifestyle changes, medication and/or 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

Maybe you haven’t called yet because yet because you’ve had problems in the past with doctor offices accepting Medicaid or Medicare. Unfortunately we know that happens a lot more than people think it does, and we know how frustrating it is when you aren’t able to get the level of care you deserve. At CT Sinus Center, our administrative staff is well-versed in handling these claims and welcome Medicaid and Medicare patients to our facility.

Stop suffering from allergy and sinus issues; call us today at 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices.

If you are suffering from ear, nose or throat problems, our sister office, Westwood ENT, also makes it easy for Medicaid and Medicare patients to be treated. Call them at (203) 574-5997.

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