Sinusitis


Litchfield Residents: Say Goodbye to Sinus Issues – CT Sinus Center

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Litchfield residents, you know you have a beautiful community. There’s so much rich history in your hills: wineries, hiking trails, landmarks and other beautiful attractions. But if you suffer from sinus issues, you may not get to enjoy your corner of the world as much as you’d like.  

Unfortunately, sinus issues can strike at any time, and their symptoms are miserable. They can include any — or all — of the following:

  • 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

Fortunately, there is help, and it’s right in your neighborhood. Our state-of-the-art office is located at 17 Commons Drive, Litchfield, just off Rt. 202, and we are open at this location on Tuesdays and Thursday, 8:30am–5:00pm.

How can Connecticut Sinus Center help you?

We offer a non-invasive procedure called balloon sinuplasty that can end your sinus suffering forever. The procedure is done in the office, with local anesthesia and in about an hour. Best of all, there are basically no side effects and very little recovery time.

An ideal candidate for balloon sinuplasty must have the following symptoms:

  • Chronic sinus headaches
  • Regular facial and sinus pain
  • Repeat sinus infections that don’t seem to respond to medication
  • Regular dizziness and disorientation as a result of sinus pressure

However, even if you don’t qualify for balloon sinuplasty, our expert team of doctors will work with you to find the right individualized treatment plan for your needs.

Litchfield residents: Ditch your sinusitis! Call 860-BALLOON or fill out the contact form on our website to schedule an appointment and put sinus suffering in your past.

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


What Is the Cost of Balloon Sinuplasty?-CT Sinus Center

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No one wants to suffer from sinusitis. No one really wants to have a medical procedure either; they worry about side effects, recovery time and cost. At CT Sinus Center, we fully understand that these are legitimate concerns that can keep you from starting on the path to sinus issue wellness. In fact, in last week’s blog, we discussed that there are only a few possible minor side effects and basically no recovery time for balloon sinuplasty. In this blog, we want to continue to help alleviate your fears by talking about the cost of the procedure.

Unfortunately, giving you the exact cost of balloon sinuplasty is difficult because it is based on a bunch of different factors, including facility and insurance policies. However, we can tell you that at CT Sinus Center, the procedure is covered by insurance, and if you give your company a call, they will be able to give you more specific information. We also welcome Medicaid and Medicare Patients. And if you’re still worried about the cost, call us and we will walk you through it and help you with arrangements.

What is the cost of not having balloon sinuplasty?

To begin with, when you suffer from chronic sinus issues, it’s pretty miserable and expensive. But do you realize how much it really affects your overall quality of life? Our blog “The Real Costs of Allergies” (and sinusitis) reminds you of just that with things including: loss in productivity, lost family time and poor nutrition.

When you do the math, both literally and figuratively, you can see the value having balloon sinuplasty and finding permanent relief from your sinus issues. So stop hesitating — call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment. With four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — distance isn’t a factor either.

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

 


Having Sinus Issues in Waterbury? — CT Sinus Center

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Many people think that sinus issues really only happen in the spring and summer when flowers are blooming and pollen is everywhere. So when their sinus suffering ramps up in the colder seasons, they have no idea what’s going on. This can make that freezing, snowy Waterbury winter really miserable.

The sad truth is: Sinus issues are a year-round problem, which means so are 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

What causes sinus symptoms in the winter?

Sinusitis occurs when the area around nasal passages, or sinuses, becomes swollen. The inflammation can result from a number of things: a common cold, winter allergies, dry nasal passages. All of these conditions lead to an increase of mucus that, when paired with the body’s inability to drain because of inflammation, can lead to sinus problems, including infection.

How can I end my winter sinus issues?

You can take steps to keeping your sinus suffering at bay including:

  • Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air
  • Using a saline nose spray to keep your nasal passages moisturized
  • Changing air filters regularly in humidifiers and air purifiers
  • Keeping your home free of dust and mold
  • Staying hydrated

The good news is that these remedies do help. The bad news is that it is only to an extent and temporarily. If you are looking for a more permanent solution to your suffering CT Sinus Center can help you.

We offer a non-invasive, in-office procedure called balloon sinus dilation that can end your sinus suffering forever. The great news is that if you are experiencing the following chronic symptoms, you may be an ideal candidate for the procedure:

  • Chronic sinus headaches
  • Regular facial and sinus pain
  • Repeat sinus infections that don’t seem to respond to medication
  • Regular dizziness and disorientation as a result of sinus pressure

Waterbury residents: Stop suffering! Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at CT Sinus Center, located at 60 Westwood Avenue, Suite 104, Waterbury. Permanent relief is just minutes away from your front door.

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

 


Bursting Beliefs About Balloon Sinus Dilation – CT Sinus Center

Balloon Sinus DilationIf you’ve experienced chronic sinusitis, you fully understand the debilitating impact it can have on your quality of life. Stop suffering! CT Sinus Center offers a non-invasive, in-house procedure called Balloon Sinus Dilation that can put a permanent end to your chronic sinusitis and get you back to enjoying life in just under an hour.  

What is chronic sinusitis?

There are two types of sinusitis: acute and chronic. Acute resembles a cold and will go away on its own unless it turns into a bacterial infection, for which antibiotics are necessary. Chronic, on the other hand, doesn’t respond to rest and medication, and as the name suggests, recurs regularly.

In order to be diagnosed as having 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

What is Balloon Sinus Dilation?

The procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia. One of our expert physicians will slide an inflatable tube into your nasal passages. As this happens, you may feel a little pressure, but no pain. When the balloon is inflated, it provides your doctor with the opportunity to drain your nasal passages using a sterile saline solution. This balloon helps open the sinus passages, decreasing the risk of your condition returning.

What are the procedure’s benefits?

The benefits of Balloon Sinus Dilation include:

  • Long-term relief
  • Minimal downtime and recovery time
  • Increased airflow in nasal passages
  • Promotes draining and natural healing
  • Decrease in headaches
  • Non-invasive procedure done under local anesthesia

Want to know more? In this CT Style segment, Dr. Laughlin explains the full Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure and its benefits. But you don’t just have to take our word for it — the following patient testimonials say it all:

Am I a candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation?

If you are experiencing the above symptoms, as well as the following, you are a perfect candidate for the procedure:

  • Chronic sinus headaches
  • Regular facial and sinus pain
  • Repeat sinus infections that don’t seem to respond to medication
  • Regular dizziness and disorientation as a result of sinus pressure

When you first come in, our team of sinus experts will thoroughly discuss your symptoms. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your sinus issues and develop the right treatment for your lifestyle. If you are a candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation, we will do everything we can to make sure you are prepared, calm and comfortable throughout your whole experience.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — get the permanent sinus relief you’re looking for.  

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


Kent: New Place, Same Permanent Relief

KentHaving a sinus issue can be a burden, but we offer numerous procedures that can help at our four different locations throughout Connecticut. If you were a patient of our former CT Sinus Center office in Sharon, you may already know that it has moved to 27 North Main Street, Unit 7A, in Kent, CT! This new state-of-the-art office is taking appointments and offering patients the same sinus relief that has been changing lives for years. Trying to figure out if you should give us a call? Find out below.

Signs You Need Sinus Relief from Our Kent Office

Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Facial pain
  • Facial pressure
  • Sinus headaches
  • Chronic sinus infections

If you’ve answered yes, we’ve got great news! We can help. Come to our newest office in Kent to see what we can do for you and find out if you are a candidate for balloon sinus dilation. This non-invasive, in-office procedure will reshape your nasal passages to promote drainage and natural healing, ending sinus issues permanently.

Meet Dr. Larry Marcus

Dr. Larry Marcus is the primary doctor of the new Kent office. With hours of operation of 8:30- 5:00 pm, don’t forget to get ahead and book your appointment as soon as possible. Schedule your appointment today at our Kent office by calling 860-BALLOON. There’s no need to suffer from sinus pain and pressure any longer.

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


Chiropractors: Cracking Sinusitis and Allergies – CT Sinus Center

Allergy symptoms aren’t to be taken lightly, we know this by now. About 50 million people in the US alone are affected by allergies; ranging from pollen, grass and mold, and even food. Another 29.4 million are affected by chronic sinusitis. People are constantly looking for ways to get to the root of their sinus problems and put an end to them, which includes taking over-the-counter medications designed to treat symptoms. Some folks, however, tend to take a more holistic approach with alternative medicine: They see chiropractors.

How do chiropractors and chiropractic medicine impact sinusitis and allergies?

Chiropractors are health professionals who generally focus on adjusting and manipulating the spine, usually to relieve back pain for patients. Their belief is that adjusting the spine can do wonders for the body, nervous system and consequently, allergies. The medical, as well as overall, community is divided on the success of chiropractic treatment for sinus and allergy issues, but there are a few things that are certain:

Chiropractic care:

  • Does not target allergies specifically
  • Does not offer a one-time solution
  • Does not have science-based evidence for success
  • Poses risks for the patient, including:
    • A herniated disk
    • Compression of nerves in the lower spinal column
    • A certain type of stroke after neck manipulation

How can I permanently end sinusitis and allergies?

For some people, going to chiropractors are an integral part of self-care. However, if you are looking for a permanent relief from your sinus or allergy issues, consider a non-invasive, medicine-free solution that can be done in about an hour. Also, consider that when it comes to sinus conditions, there are no more knowledgeable doctors than those at CT Sinus Center.

When you first come in, our team of sinus experts will thoroughly discuss your symptoms. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your sinus 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

Are you ready for sinus relief?

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — and stop getting bent out of shape over 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.


Making Sense of Losing Senses

SensesFall is a favorite season for many, especially Connecticut folks, with our senses being stimulated with the classic pumpkin and cinnamon flavors that fill both the air and our stomachs. Sadly, there are some people who don’t have the benefit of smelling and tasting these sweet fall flavors. This loss of two senses can be caused by a number of things, including sinus conditions — none of which are ever any fun.

Allergies and Sinusitis

Whether it’s the fall leaves, the back to school (or work) dust and mold, or even hay fever, fall allergens can be anywhere. Allergies, themselves, can present cold-like symptoms, such as congestion. For more information on fall allergies, check out our previous blog post, “What’s Up with Fall Allergies.” Over time, allergies can turn into a serious case of sinusitis,. which also presents cold-like symptoms when your sinuses (the area around your nasal passages) become swollen, clogged and infected. For more information, see “Sinusitis: Acute vs. Chronic.”

In both conditions, the major pressure and inflammation around your nose and head can seriously affect your sense of smell and taste. But, how does it effect these senses? The olfactory nerves (which allow us to smell) can become blocked by that inflammation. You’ve probably noticed that even with a small cold, your sense of smell is lessened as result of a stuffy nose. When you experience long-term sinusitis or allergies, that sense of smell can be diminished for months, or even longer. The American Rhinologic Society explains: “[T]he chronic inflammation from [sinusitis] can also permanently affect smell by damaging the special cells and nerves of the smell pathway.” Since smell and taste going hand in hand, that means your sense of taste is gone as well.

Nasal Obstruction

The loss of taste and smell can be structural as well. Both nasal polyps and deviated septums can cause a blockage that blocks the “smell nerves,” lessening those senses.

Treatments

There are a few different temporary methods for treating the loss of these senses. These include:

There are also a series of tests that can pinpoint the exact cause of your congestion, whether it be an allergy test or a sinus examination. Knowing your triggers will help you better prepare for your next reaction.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, let our expert physicians at CT Sinus Center help. We offer two cutting-edge, non-invasive procedures that are done in our office, in about an hour, that will open up the nasal passageways that are blocked and inflamed:

Once your nasal passages are cleared, your sense of smell will begin to come back, and so will your sense of taste, restoring your sense of happiness.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices. After all, the old adage goes: “All’s well that smells well.”

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


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.


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.


Diagnosing a Sinus Infection

Sinus infectionWhen you have acute sinusitis, otherwise known as a sinus infection, it’s pretty easy to recognize the symptoms. This is especially true if you have chronic sinusitis, which can happen a number of times a year.  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

In addition, you may also be experiencing:

  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Aching in the jaw and teeth
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

No matter if this is your first or your fiftieth sinus infection, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor just to be sure. Also if you’ve self-diagnosed correctly, you may need medication.

What should you expect when you go to the doctor?

First, your medical staff should take the time to discuss your medical history and specific symptoms. Next, your physician should do a thorough inspection of your sinuses for diagnosis, and may also check your eyes, ears and throat. To help determine the underlying cause, you may also undergo the following tests:

  • Nasal endoscopy, in which a thin, flexible tube with a fiber-optic light is inserted through your nose.
  • Imaging studies, in which a CT Scan or MRI can show details images of your sinuses.
  • Nasal/sinus cultures, though generally unnecessary, which might help pinpoint a bacterial or fungal cause.
  • Allergy tests, recommended if your doctor suspects the condition may be brought on by allergies.

A sinus infection is such a common thing that experts can often diagnose them without extensive testing. However, while the diagnosis is often correct, without testing, the physician could miss the real cause of the symptoms or prescribe a medication that isn’t actually needed. So if you are looking to get it right the first time, schedule an appointment at CT Sinus Center.

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 put an end to sinus infections once and for all.

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