Protect Your Child From Spring Allergies

ChildFinally spring has sprung and your child is probably running for the outdoors after being cooped up in the house all winter. But as soon as you started opening up the windows and letting that fresh air in, you may have noticed that your child has started suffering with a scratchy throat and stuffy nose. Just like last year.

What is going on with this poor timing of your kids getting sick right when they can go spend some time outside? It just may be that your child isn’t suffering from a head cold at all, but rather from allergies.

Children can develop allergies from as young as 12 months old and usually show signs of them before they reach age 10 (although symptoms can begin outside of that age range). According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:

  • In 2012, 9.0% or 6.6 million children reported hay fever in the past 12 months.
  • In 2012, 10.6% or 7.8 million children reported respiratory allergies in the past 12 months.
  • Worldwide, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are currently approaching 40%-50%.

While the good news is that many children outgrow allergies in later adulthood, you’re still concerned about them right now. And you should be. KidsHealth explains that:

Seasonal allergies not only make life miserable for your child [causing restless sleep, exhaustion, trouble concentrating], but if left untreated, they can lead to some greater long-term health problems, such as sinusitis, chronic ear infections, and even asthma.

The even better news is that there are some things you can do today to help ease your child’s suffering. First and foremost, make an appointment with your doctor or an ENT specialist such as one of the expert physicians at our sister practice Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat. Our staff will make you and your child feel at ease from the moment you walk in the door and throughout the entire visit. We’ll begin by talking to you and your child about their medical history and symptoms. Next, we’ll perform thorough testing to determine exactly what is triggering the allergies. Finally, we’ll develop an individualized treatment plan that is perfect for your child.

Help your child hop happily into the season and away from allergy symptoms. Call Westwood ENT today at (888) 230-3715 and schedule your appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices.

For tips on keeping your child with allergies (and any adults too) healthy this season, visit our blogs:

To help your child learn more about their allergies, visit the KidsHealth page “Learning About Allergies” for educational articles in fun and easy-to-understand kid-speak.

And last, but not least, for all of your other allergy and sinus-related questions, visit the CT Sinus Center webpage and blog.


Diseases Associated with Nasal Polyps

Most of the time, nasal polyps, painless tear-drop or grape-shaped growths in the nasal cavity, are annoying, but harmless. Unfortunately, there are rare cases when the polyps are an indication of a more serious issue. If you do feel a lump in your nose, it’s important to see a doctor for a correct diagnosis. The odds are it’ll be nothing that a corticosteroid or even just time will cure, but if it does turn out to be something more, you’ll be in the right place for the treatment you need.

The following is a quick look at some of the diseases associated with nasal polyps:

  • Chronic sinusitis is a common condition wherein the area around nasal passages, or sinuses, become swollen. This can last for eight weeks or more, despite store-bought and other usual treatment attempts, and recurs. The continuous inflammation brought on by allergies (especially fungal allergies) and sinus problems leads to nasal polyps.
  • Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), also known as aspirin-induced asthma or Samter’s Triad, is a condition in which a person has a sensitivity to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This condition usually presents as a respiratory reaction and consequently, nasal polyps. According to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, “In general, AERD develops quite suddenly in adulthood, usually between the ages of 20 and 50, and there is no clearly understood trigger that causes the disease.”
  • Cystic Fibrosis affects the sinuses among other systems in the body by. According to the  American Rhinologic Society, “[N]early all patients with this disease will have swelling of the mucosa and thickened, non-moving mucus that leads to sinus blockage.” This blockage, in turn, can cause recurring sinus infections, pain and nasal polyps.
  • Kartagener’s syndrome is a rare genetic disease that affects the respiratory system, causing frequent respiratory infections, sinus infections and nasal congestion. Like with the other conditions, the blocked sinus cavities lead to nasal polyps. 
  • Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (formerly called Churg-Strauss syndrome) is an extremely rare condition in which the blood vessels become inflamed and sometimes block blood from getting to vital organs and tissues. People with this disease suffer from asthma, allergies and sinusitis, all of which can lead to the formation of nasal polyps.
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancers do not cause nasal polyps and are very rare. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, only about 2,000 people in the United States develop these cancers per year and they account for only 1% of malignant tumors discovered throughout the body. The size, shape and level of pain are all distinguishing features between nasal polyps and cancerous tumors.

The good news is that even if you are diagnosed with one of these conditions, it is manageable with the proper medical care. As we said above, it’s most likely that your polyps are nothing but harmless growths caused by sinus issues.

So stop worrying and make an appointment with one of our expert physicians at Connecticut Sinus Center for peace of mind about your nose.  When you come in for your appointment, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, we’ll conduct a series of tests, which may include allergy tests and a nasal endoscopy, that tell us exactly what is causing your growth so that we can come up with an individualized treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Call 860-BALLOON today and schedule your appointment. With four conveniently-located offices across the state, getting help is nothing to sneeze at.

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


 

 


Cough Drops, Lozenges and Throat Sprays: What’s the Difference?

 

69606430_lThere is nothing like the annoyance of a sore throat, and for most people, once it starts, relief can’t come soon enough. In our blog “How to Soothe a Sore Throat,” we looked at all the different symptoms of the ailment and how you can treat it. Sore throats are often caused by a virus, with the exception of strep, which is a bacterial infection, so antibiotics are of no use. Instead, people reach for cough drops, lozenges and throat sprays. In this blog, we want to focus on two specific remedies, lozenges and throat sprays, and their ingredients.

Why did we leave out cough drops in that last sentence? Well, it’s because while many people think cough drops and lozenges are different things, they actually aren’t. That said, not all lozenges and throat sprays are created the same.

Which remedy is the best one for me?

The answer depends on your symptoms. Different lozenges and throat sprays have different ingredients, or different percentages of ingredients. Each ingredient has different properties. Therefore, when choosing a treatment, read the label carefully to make sure it’ll do what you want it to.

Let’s break down the common active ingredients in both lozenges and throat sprays:

  • Benzocaine: a numbing agent that relieves pain and can ease coughs
  • Dextromethorphan: an agent that works with your brain to suppress the cough reflex
  • Menthol: a minty oral anesthetic/analgesic designed to cool the painful area and subsequently, suppress cough. Menthol vapors also work to relieve nasal congestion.
  • Phenol: a combined oral anesthetic and analgesic used mostly in throat sprays

While lozenges and sprays can be effective in treating your sore throat and cough, they are only temporary solutions. If you are looking for something more permanent, especially if you have recurring sore throats, make an appointment with CT Sinus Center to see how we can help.

In many cases, your pain could be caused by post-nasal drip from a sinus condition, or even a problem with your tonsils and adenoids. So when you come in, our expert team will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, they’ll perform a series of tests to get to the bottom of what is causing your sore throat and develop an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

Don’t let a sore throat be a pain in the neck. Call us today at 860-BALLOON, and start breathing a sigh of relief. With four conveniently-located offices, help is just around the corner.

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

 


What’s This Lump in My Nose?

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Have you gone to blow your nose recently and felt a lump in your nostril? Or maybe you feel like there is something solid blocking your nasal passage, in addition to the regular congestion. While it is possible for lumps to grow inside your nose, luckily they are usually nothing serious.

There are a few things that may cause the lump:

Acne. Pimples pop up when pores get blocked and oil and dead skin cells build up. Usually pimples appear on your face, but they can appear in your nose too. Other than using acne medication and warm compresses, you can just wait it out for them to go away. Just make sure you don’t pick at them because that can lead to infection.

Folliculitis. Sometimes the hair follicles inside your nose can become inflamed because of bacterial or fungal infection. The most common type of infection is Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and can go away on its own in mild cases. In severe cases, it is usually easily treated with antibiotics. The symptoms of folliculitis, as explained by Mayo Clinic, are:

  • Clusters of small red bumps or white-headed pimples that develop around hair follicles
  • Pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Itchy or burning skin
  • Tenderness or pain
  • A large swollen bump or mass

Boils. This is another type of bacterial or fungal infection, which manifests as painful bumps that drain pus. Like folliculitis, it is also usually a staph infection that can be cured with some home care. However, if the following symptoms occur, you should see a doctor as, according to Mayo Clinic, they can lead to a serious condition:

  • There are more than one
  • Occurs on your face
  • Worsens rapidly or is extremely painful
  • Causes a fever
  • Is more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) across
  • Hasn’t healed in two weeks
  • Recurs

Nasal Polyps. These are painless tear-drop or grape-shaped growths that are often caused by continuous inflammation brought on by allergies or asthma. Polyps are usually harmless, but can cause uncomfortable symptoms. According to WebMD, “Most people with nasal polyps have a runny nose, sneezing, and postnasal drip. About 75% have problems with their sense of smell.” The site also lists these additional symptoms:

  • Stuffy or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Facial pain
  • Loss of taste
  • Itching around the eyes
  • Infections (from mucus buildup)

Often when people feel a lump anywhere on their body, they ignore it out of fear. A lump in the nose is no exception. However, it really is best to get it checked out, even in mild cases, because it’s better to be safe, and also your doctor can help alleviate any discomfort and possibly prevent it from recurring. In the rare case that the lump is a more serious infection or growth, your doctor can make sure you get the treatment required.

Our expert physicians at Connecticut Sinus Center have a nose for nasal issues and can help you figure out exactly what is causing the lump and how to treat it. When you come in for your appointment, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, we’ll conduct a series of tests, which may include allergy tests and a nasal endoscopy, that tell us exactly what is causing your growth so that we can come up with an individualized treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Call 860-BALLOON today and schedule your appointment. With four conveniently-located offices across the state, getting the care is a no(se)-brainer. 
For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.

 


Setting the Record Straight: Deviated Septum

deviated septumThe nasal septum is the bone and cartilage in the middle of your nose. It is what separates your nasal cavities and is responsible for keeping you breathing freely through your nose. However, if the septum is crooked, or deviated, it can hinder your breathing.

According to WebMD, about 80% of people have somewhat of a deviated septum. The good news is that unless the deviation is severe, you probably won’t even notice it. And fortunately, for most people, this is the case. Unfortunately for the others, a seriously crooked septum can result in breathing problems and requires treatment.

How do I know if I require treatment?

Because the symptoms of a deviated septum mirror those of chronic sinusitis and allergies, it’s important to go to a doctor for a proper diagnosis. WebMD lists them as:

What causes a deviated septum?

You may be born with one, or it can come about because of injury. That said, a broken nose doesn’t necessarily lead to a deviated septum.

What’s the treatment for this condition?

To manage your congestion and discomfort, you can reach for the old standbys:

Or, if you are ready to do more than just manage it, you can schedule an appointment at our sister office, Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat for a more permanent solution. Through superior, patient-centered care, our doctors will be able to determine if you have a deviated septum and whether or not you are a candidate for a surgical procedure called septoplasty, which will repair a crooked septum and improve breathing. During these procedures, the doctor will make a small incision in the area of the nose that needs repairing and remove excess bone or cartilage or lessen swelling and blockage in other ways that can widen the breathing space. Sometimes, a rhinoplasty is combined with septoplasty to improve the appearance or crookedness of the nose.

This outpatient procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia and can usually be done within an hour and a half. If you eligible to have it, your doctor will make sure that you are prepared and comfortable every step of the way.

If you think you may be suffering from a deviated septum, make a straight-line path to your phone and call Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat at  (203) 574-5987 today.

With three conveniently-located offices, there is no reason to turn your nose up to finding relief.

For information on all things related to to sinuses and allergies, visit CT Sinus Center’s website and blog.


6 Spring Cleaning Tips For Allergy Sufferers

CleaningSpring is just around the corner, and you know what that means: spring cleaning. Love it or hate it, it’s a seasonal ritual that does wonders for both your health and your state of mind. But if you suffer from allergies, spring cleaning can be a devil in disguise.

Are we saying that you shouldn’t spring clean? No (sorry); it’s actually very important. What we are saying is that when it comes to this task, there are precautions that you should be taking so that you aren’t actually making your allergies worse. Let’s look at some things that can trigger an allergy attack.

  1. Opening windows. What is one of the first things you do when the weather gets warmer? You open the windows. Unfortunately, this is literally inviting the allergens in. To freshen up rooms while keeping the windows closed, use an air purifier or a diffuser with essential oils. If you absolutely have to open the windows, make sure the pollen count is low.
  2. Dusting. During the winter months, because people spend so much time inside, dust can build up. When you start moving things around, cleaning under, behind, between, etc., the more dust you kick up, the more your allergies will kick in. Wear a mask while cleaning and do a little at a time if your symptoms are acting up. The same goes for when you vacuum. Your best bet, allergies or not, is to purchase a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that you keep clean.
  3. Bringing out the spring wardrobe. If you tend to put your warm-weather clothes away for the colder seasons and do the “closet switch-out” as soon as the temperature hits 50, wash your clothes before you wear them. Over the months, dust and mold can settle in your garments, which will trigger your allergies.
  4. Letting the dogs out. You may not want to roll around in the fresh growing grass or flower garden, but Fido may, and that gives allergens a free ride in. Also, with the warmer weather, your pet will probably want to go outside more, which means that you’ll want to give him more frequent baths. To make things worse, Fido will be shedding, which adds even more dander to the mix.
  5. Removing mold. Now is the time to inspect spots, inside and out, that may be harboring mold — from your deck and patio furniture to the corners of your garage to the tiles in the bathroom. Even walls can harbor mold. So as you go big with the cleaning, don’t forget all the little corners and crevices where allergens may be hiding. Wear a mask and rubber gloves for further protection.
  6. Using cleaning products. It’s no secret that cleaning products use harsh chemicals and that many people have allergic reactions to them. Be careful with what you are using because not only will the products trigger symptoms while you’re using them, but also well after as the chemicals stick around. For a useful guide on allergy-friendly cleaning products, visit “Home Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers” on the Everyday Health website.

Not sure what is causing your symptoms or looking for relief from them once and for all? Make an appointment at CT Sinus Center today and see what our expert physicians can do for you. When you come in, we’ll sit down and discuss your symptoms before we start a series of diagnostic procedures to figure out exactly what is triggering your allergies. Once we get answers, we’ll develop a treatment plan that is right for your specific lifestyle.

Now are we telling you that once you find relief you no longer have to spring clean? Again, no, sorry; but at least you will feel much more comfortable while you do it.

Call 860-BALLOON today and make your appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices and add your sinus cavities to your cleaning list.

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


Sinusitis, Allergies and Sleep Deprivation

SleepYou’re sure you’d feel better if you just got some sleep. All you’re asking for is just one night, but at this point it seems that you have as much of chance of that as you do winning the lottery.

Why is your sinus condition keeping you up?

Whether you have sinusitis or allergies, there are a number of reasons why you might have trouble sleeping. Let’s take a look at the three most common ones:

 

  • Difficulty breathing. A stuffy or runny nose can be very inconvenient when you are trying to get some shut-eye. If you’ve ever had the experience (and who hasn’t?), you know exactly what we mean. According to the article “Combat Allergy Fatigue” on the Everyday Health site, Dr. Park, author of the book “Sleep, Interrupted,” explains how having a stuffy nose is similar to sleep apnea in the respect that ““When your nose gets stuffy, your tongue starts to fall back, creating a vacuum effect in your throat. So you keep waking up, because you can’t breathe.” And when you keep waking up, you end up exhausted the next day.
  • Pain. Sinus pressure can often cause pain in your forehead and face. A stuffy or runny nose leads to post-nasal drip that can make your throat dry and scratchy. None of these conditions are conducive for a good night’s rest.
  • Sinus medication. Restlessness and inability to sleep are common side effects of many medications. For some people, even the medication intended to make you drowsey can actually keep you up. If you are having trouble sleeping while taking meds, consult your doctor or pharmacist to see they might be to blame. You may have change when you take the medication or even stop taking it completely.

Sleep deprivation is frustrating, for sure, and can actually be dangerous, too. WebMd explains the following effects of chronic sleep deprivation:

  • Decreased performance and alertness
  • Memory and cognitive impairment
  • Stress on relationships
  • Poor quality of life
  • Health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity
  • Occupational injury
  • Automobile injury

So what can you do if your sinus condition is keeping you awake?

You could continue taking sinus or allergy medication while looking for the one that relieves your symptoms and doesn’t have side effects. Or, you can make an appointment at CT Sinus Center and let us help you find permanent relief and a good night sleep.

When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about your symptoms and medical history. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will find the right treatment for your lifestyle. 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 spend your nights catching z’s instead of counting sheep.

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


Nasal Polyps No More

nasal polypsSometimes, small growths form in the lining of the nose and sinus passages that can block normal drainage and create discomfort. These painless tear-drop or grape-shaped growths are called nasal polyps and are often caused by continuous inflammation brought on by allergies or asthma. The good news is that nasal polyps are almost always non-cancerous and can be easily treated. In fact, small polyps don’t usually have symptoms or need treatment at all.

 

What symptoms would large polyps cause?

According to WebMD, “Most people with nasal polyps have a runny nose, sneezing, and postnasal drip. About 75% have problems with their sense of smell.” The site also lists these additional symptoms:

  • Stuffy or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Facial pain
  • Loss of taste
  • Itching around the eyes
  • Infections (from mucus buildup)

Because these symptoms are so common, it’s best to see a doctor to pinpoint the exact cause of them. Also, why suffer when permanent relief may be just around the corner?

Our expert physicians at Connecticut Sinus Center will not only treat your nasal polyps, but they will also treat what is causing them. And with four conveniently-located offices across the state, getting the care you need is easier than ever.

When you come in for your appointment, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, we’ll conduct a series of tests, including allergy tests and a nasal endoscopy, that tell us exactly what is causing your discomfort so that we can come up with a individualized treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Many times, nasal polyps can be treated with a corticosteroid, which will shrink them and open up the airflow. In some cases, endoscopic surgery is necessary. However, this outpatient procedure will have you breathing freely in no time, and the team at CT Sinus Center will have you feeling at ease throughout the entire process.

Once your polyps have been treated, we will work with you to keep them from coming back. As they are often a result of sinus and allergy issues, we’ll help to put a permanent end to those as well, making nasal polyps a thing of your past.

If you suspect you have nasal polyps, stop letting them affect your health. Call 860-Balloon today and schedule an appointment today.

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


Nosebleeds: Is Your Home too Dry?

dryDo you suffer from frequent nosebleeds, especially during the winter? Before you Google this symptom and then panic over what you find, ask yourself: “Is the air in my house too dry?”

WebMD explains, “Because wintertime humidity is so low, what little moisture that is around is quickly sucked up into the air. Moisture also evaporates from your body, leaving your skin, nose, and throat parched.” The issue is compounded when the artificial heat is turned up higher because the higher the temperature, the lower the humidity.

The good news is that the resulting nosebleeds are more annoying than harmful, although if they are heavy, last longer than 20 minutes and/or occur frequently, you should call your doctor. Washington University Sinus Institute explains, “Nosebleeds, clinically known as epistaxis, occur when the membranes lining the inside of the nose are disturbed or irritated enough to cause bleeding.”

Aside from bleeding, there are a few problems that may accompany a consistently dry nose.

 

  • Less protection: As we discussed in our blog “Much Ado About Mucus,” mucus plays an important role in our health as a filter for things like dust, smoke, bacteria, viruses and other allergens, and it contains antibiotics and enzymes to attack these things when they do get in. So it follows that the less mucus that is produced, the more likely irritants can get in causing allergies or illness.
  • Discomfort: When your nose becomes so dry, the skin inside can become irritated and crack. It’s not a severe pain, but any discomfort, especially in the middle of your face, is something you’d probably rather avoid.
  • Infection: Less mucus and/or cracks the membranes of your nasal passages are an invitation for infection. Everyday Health tells us that there is an additional risk for infection when “someone’s nasal passages are already inflamed from allergies.”

So what can you do to stay healthy and comfortable when your house is too dry? Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do to add moisture to the air in your home and your nasal passages.

  • Humidifiers. You can buy humidifiers of every shape and size that will not only humidify your room, but also look great doing so. That said, no matter which humidifier you choose, it is extremely important to keep it properly maintained and free from mold, bacteria and other allergens. Also be careful not to turn it up too high and creating too much moisture, which can bring mold.
  • Saline rinse. A little saline can go a long way towards keeping your nasal passages moisturized. These are sold over-the-counter and since they are non-medicated, are safe to use throughout the day.
  • Hydration. Here is yet another reason why drinking a lot of water is good for you. Stay hydrated, friends.

Dry nasal passages can also be the result of sinus and allergy issues. The best way to know for sure what’s causing it and how to treat it is to call CT Sinus Center and schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians. When you come in. we will take the time necessary to sit down with you and fully discuss your symptoms and medical history. Then we will do a series of tests to figure out exactly what is causing your discomfort and develop a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle and leaves your parched nasal passages out to dry.

Call 860-BALLOON today and schedule your appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices.

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


Headaches: What’s the Difference?

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With all of these cold and flu germs floating around in the crisp air this season, people should not need to worry about suffering from yet another common ailment: the headache. But unfortunately, for many people, especially those with sinus and allergy conditions, headaches are a part of life. But did you know that there are over twenty different kinds of headaches? When it comes to this ailment, not all things are created (or treated) equal.

The National Headache Foundation’s link above is a great resource for all the symptoms, precipitating factors, treatment and prevention of every type of headache. The list itself is extensive and includes (among many others):

  • Arthritis
  • Caffeine Withdrawal
  • Cluster
  • Eyestrain
  • Hunger
  • Hypertension
  • Migraine
  • Tension

In this blog, we are going to focus on sinus and allergy headaches, both of which occur when your sinus cavities become inflamed, blocking airflow and drainage, and causing pressure to build up. That pressure, in turn, causes pain, which can be in your face, including your cheeks and eyes, and as well as around your head.

In a sinus headache, the pain may be localized over the particular sinus area that is clogged. It’s usually caused by an infection and is accompanied by a fever. In order to treat this type of headache, you have to treat the underlying infection through medical attention. It will be up to your doctor to determine which route to take and whether or not you need an antibiotic.

On the other hand, allergy headaches are triggered by the common seasonal allergies: pollen, and mold, dust, pet dander, etc. While with this type of headache you do want to treat the allergy itself, you usually have to treat the headache separately.

For more information on the differences between sinusitis and allergies, visit our blog: Is It Sinusitis or Is It Allergies?

There are certain tricks that can be done at home to help prevent and reduce sinus and allergy headaches:

  • Stay indoors when pollen counts are extreme.
  • Wear (sun)glasses to help prevent pollen getting into your eyes. Plus, it will help keep the sun out of your eyes, which can cause a different kind of headache.
  • Don’t leave windows open or use window fans that have the chance of pulling the pollen and mold into the house.
  • Clean air conditioners, air filters, and humidifiers regularly
  • Use a dehumidifier in rooms that contain more moisture than others, for example, your basement.
  • Clean your floors with a mop instead of sweeping or “dry-dusting”; this will help get rid of the dust instead of pushing it into a different corner.
  • Drink lots of fluids (more than normal); it will help get rid of some of that mucus.
  • Place a warm washcloth on your head multiple times a day.
  • While in the bathroom turn on the shower and try to inhale some of the steam.
  • Use nasal irrigation to flush away irritants.   

For a medical approach (over-the-counter or prescription), try:

While all of these tips are great, if you are looking for a more permanent solution, the best thing you can do is call CT Sinus Center and schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians. When you come into one of our four conveniently-located offices, we will sit down with you to discuss your symptoms and medical history and perform a thorough exam in order to determine exactly what is causing your headaches. Once the results are in, we will develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle. You may even be eligible for one of our in-house procedures that will help relieve sinus pressure and pain:

  • 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 us today at 860-BALLOON to see what we can do for you.

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