Sinus Issues


Sinusitis: Acute vs. Chronic

SinusitisSinusitis is a common condition in which the area around your nasal passages – the sinuses – become swollen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites that:

  • Number of adults with diagnosed sinusitis: 29.4 million
  • Percent of adults with diagnosed sinusitis: 12.1%

Having sinusitis is miserable: the mucus, the facial pressure, the congestion and runny nose, not to mention the possible ear pain, coughing, jaw pain, fatigue, sore throat and nausea that can accompany all of it… Quite frankly, it’s horrible and can really put a cramp in your lifestyle. On top of that, sinusitis can last for a while, whether it’s acute or chronic. Let’s look at the differences between the two.

Acute

Acute sinusitis is sometimes referred to as rhinosinusitis, and almost always begins with a common cold or seasonal allergies. The increase of mucus and its inability to drain due to inflammation can cause infection leading to sinusitis.

The good news is that not all acute sinusitis involves bacterial infection; some may be viral. In these cases, over-the-counter remedies, fluids and rest are all you need to feel better after a couple of days. However, if your condition lasts for over 10 days with no improvement, the infection may be bacterial and you’ll need an antibiotic for relief.

Chronic

Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, can last for more than 12 weeks even with treatment and is often reoccurring. In order to be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, you must have at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

There are various causes of chronic sinusitis listed by Mayo Clinic as:

  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Other medical conditions (such as cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux, or HIV and other immune system-related diseases can result in nasal blockage)
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma

If you are suffering from either acute or chronic sinusitis, make an appointment at CT Sinus Center to discover the underlying cause and end sinus issues permanently. When you first come in, our expert team will sit down with you to discuss your medical history and sinus symptoms. Your physician may have you undergo the following tests:

  • Nasal endoscopy
  • Imaging studies
  • Nasal/sinus cultures
  • Allergy tests

Once the root of your problem is discovered, we will work with you to find the best solution for your sinus issues. You may eligible for one of our non-invasive, suffering-ending procedures:

  • 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 say “see ya later” to your sinusitis.

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


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.


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!

 


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!