The Different Type of Tissues

tissuesWhen allergies hit, tissues are essential, and in the heat of the moment, you usually reach for whatever is closest to you. However, if you’ve ever shopped for tissues (and most of us have), you may have been overwhelmed by how many kinds are available. Of course, having options is great, but which type is the best?

Like most things, it depends on what you’re looking for.

Tissues are identified by their strength, which is measured by how many layers it has. So tissue that is 1-, 2- or 3-ply has 1, 2 or 3 layers, respectively. As you would imagine, the more layers, the stronger, and more absorbent, the piece is. And if you’ve ever used a tissue, which we’re sure you have, then you know that you don’t want one that falls apart in your hands.

Some types of tissues have the following natural additives to help sooth your irritated nose:

  • Lotion: moisturizes the skin around your nose
  • Aloe vera: has antibacterial properties to help fight infection in your chaffed skin
  • Vitamin E: is an antioxidant that helps protect and heal skin
  • Menthol: cools and helps clear your nasal passages

Unfortunately, some types of tissues also contain surfactants and chemicals, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, chlorine, and isopropyl palmitate, that are used in the softening and bleaching processes. (If you’re interested in how tissues are made, watch this Science Channel segment “How It’s Made Tissues.”)  For some people, these elements can trigger contact dermatitis, and some brands use these more than others, so you should always check the ingredients on the tissue box.

However, if you are ready to leave the tissues behind, or at least those you use for allergy attacks, schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center to see how we can help. When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about when and where you mostly experience allergy symptoms. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your nasal issues and develop 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 discomfort 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 cross facial tissues off your shopping list this allergy season.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our 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.


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!