Are sinus issues affecting your everyday life? According to the CDC, sinus symptoms affect more than 28.9 million adults with sinusitis! Don’t live life with nasal issues when there are so many sinus treatments available, right here in the Tampa Bay area.
Below are a few of the most common nasal-sinus conditions that individuals experience:
- Sinusitis is an infection in the lining of the sinuses near the nose, which can occur after a cold or allergy flare-up. Symptoms include a runny nose that lasts longer than 7 to 10 days, headaches, facial pain, bad breath, cough, fever, sore throat, swelling around the eyes and drip in the throat from the nose.
- Sinus/nasal congestion refers to obstructed (blocked) breathing through the nose and is a common symptom of many different medical conditions. Symptoms include inflammation of the blood vessels within the tissue lining the nose, and increased mucus discharge.
- Nasal obstruction is an underlying disorder that causes nasal passages to be blocked or obstructed. Symptoms include a nasally voice, nasal drainage, breathing through the mouth most of the time, recurrent sinus infections, and snoring or sleep disturbance.
- Nasal discharge is commonly caused by allergies, infections, and nasal polyps. Additionally, food, medications and hormone changes can trigger it. Symptoms include runny nose, wet nose, phlegm into throat from the nose, coughing and bad breath.
If you or a loved one experience any of the symptoms above and suspect one of these conditions may be to blame, there are multiple treatment options available! Florida E.N.T. & Allergy’s board-certified physicians are specially trained to assess each individual and determine the best course of treatment to relieve symptoms. One size does not fit all.
One of the many treatment options for individuals who suffer from sinus and nasal issues is Balloon Sinuplasty. Under topical (local) anesthesia, a physician inserts a guide wire catheter equipped with a tiny balloon through the nostril in order to gain access to the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is inflated, gently opening and widening the sinus passageway. It is then deflated and withdrawn, leaving an open sinus passageway that restores normal sinus drainage and function. Compared to traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty is minimally invasive, and recovery time is quicker.
A 2017 study from the National Library of Medicine (NIH) stated that Balloon Sinuplasty was successful in treating 94% of chronic sinusitis cases among 30 children who underwent the procedure. “The benefits from the surgery last beyond two years and the studies have shown, at two years when the study stopped, that the effects are equal to traditional sinus surgery as they are for the balloon procedure.” says Florida E.N.T. & Allergy Partner Otolaryngologist, Dr. Scott A. Powell.
Additionally, there are many other procedures available to address the conditions mentioned above – the VivAer® Procedure, RhinAer® Procedure, ClariFix® Cryotherapy, SINUVA™ and PROPEL® Implants, Septoplasty, Turbinate Reduction, and Turbinate Coblation to name a few.
The physicians of Florida E.N.T. & Allergy have served the Tampa Bay community for over 45 years. Their board-certified physicians and doctors of audiology have completed extensive education and clinical training as well as specialized training in their area(s) of expertise. From pediatric allergies to fitting hearing aids, their caring and experienced providers specialize in ear, nose and throat care for the entire family using comprehensive, cutting edge technologies.
For more information about Florida E.N.T. & Allergy or to schedule an appointment to address your ear, nose, throat and/or allergy questions, visit www.floridaentandallergy.com or call (813) 879-8045.