Whether there’s a surge of allergy-inducing pollen around, or fighting off cold symptoms has taken over your life, we all know how uncomfortable struggling to breathe is. But three new in-office, non-invasive procedures, all effective in combating symptoms of nasal complications, may help clear your nose and bring easy breathing back.

Nasal and sinus problems are far more common than one might think with over 30 million people experiencing chronic nasal congestion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specifically, nasal obstruction affects 20 million Americans each year, according to Tampa General Hospital and chronic rhinitis, often characterized by a continuously runny nose and congestion, affects 10–30% of the population, according to WorldAllergy.org. Luckily, procedures like VivAer®, RhinAer®, and ClariFix®, all offered by Florida E.N.T. & Allergy can provide relief for those struggling with these symptoms.

Know the Difference

Nasal obstruction restricts airflow into and out of the nose causing difficulty breathing, habitual snoring, interrupted sleep, and fatigue. Nasal obstruction can be caused by the common cold or allergies, but for many, it is a chronic symptom of an anatomical deformity such as a deviated septum or choanal atresia which can impact your quality of life and require medical attention.

VivAer® is a procedure designed to provide lasting relief from nasal obstruction, without surgery or incisions, by opening the nasal airway. After the procedure, 97% of patients experienced significant improvement in nasal breathing, and most importantly, it has bettered their quality of life – with 94% of patients improving their ability to breathe during exercise or exertion and 89% of patients experiencing a better night’s sleep!

Chronic rhinitis, on the other hand, is a set of symptoms sometimes related to allergies that can persist for months, if not years, and consists of a runny or itchy nose, sneezing, congestion, or postnasal drip. Many try managing symptoms with over-the-counter medications and sprays, which tend to provide only temporary relief. For those with chronic rhinitis caused by abnormal signals in the nose, the RhinAer® procedure addresses the root of the problem by disrupting the abnormal signals and providing lasting relief without surgery or incisions. RhinAer® is clinically proven to improve symptoms in 96% of patients, generating a significant improvement in their quality of life!

Florida E.N.T. & Allergy also offers an alternative procedure for chronic rhinitis, a cryotherapy device called ClariFix®. During the treatment, the ClariFix® device delivers cold temperatures to the out-of-balance nerves in the back of the nose, stopping the source of symptoms for long-lasting relief.

All three of these treatments are minimally invasive, which means they are available in-office with local anesthesia and involve minimal post-treatment care. Symptoms associated with nasal obstructions and chronic rhinitis can be challenging and negatively affect your life in several ways. Struggling with breathing, congestion, runny nose, and sleep begin to feel like never-ending hurdles with no end in sight, especially if patients are masking the symptoms with medications. Thankfully, relief is one step closer at Florida E.N.T. & Allergy.

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.

About Florida E.N.T. & Allergy

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.