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Don’t let sinus pain and pressure ruin your day. Know how to provide yourself with some relief.
Despite the welcome of warmer weather it still seems that you have managed to catch a cold. Maybe the cold has finally left but now you are dealing with the miserable sinus repercussions of facial pain and pressure. What a nuisance! If you are finding it difficult to find comfort, our Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, otolaryngologist, Dr. Kirby Scott, has some other ways to help relieve your discomfort.
Use a Humidifier: If you are dealing with a stuffed-up nose then you may be able to find some relief from a humidifier. Dry air can really do a number on your sinuses and make issues worse. By using a humidifier in your bedroom, you can help provide the moisture that your sinuses so desperately need and to help relieve sinus pressure. You can also take a steamy shower to help open up passages.
Try Warm Compresses: Just as taking a shower or sitting in a steam room can do wonders for your sinuses, so too can a warm, moist towel. If sinus pain and pressure is driving you crazy, dampen a washcloth with warm water and then apply the towel to these areas.
Consider a Nasal Spray: A lot of people find temporary relief from their mild-to-moderate sinus issues through over-the-counter medications and decongestants. Sometimes a saline spray is all you need to help clear out clogged nasal passageways to help you breathe better. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult our Frederick and Hagerstown ENT doctor before taking a new medication.
Use a Neti Pot: This little nasal teapot can be a great way to provide someone with the relief they need. A saltwater mixture is placed into the pot. You’ll tilt your head back and pour this mixture into your nose. The solution will help to breakup mucus and improve stuffed-up noses. This is something you can do multiple times a day to help keep your sinuses clear.
Don’t let the beautiful spring weather pass you by because you are cooped up trying to deal with sinus problems. If you aren’t able to handle these issues on your own then call Central ENT Consultations today. We are proud to offer our full ENT services in both Frederick and Hagerstown, MD.
Chronic sinus infections, also known as sinusitis, can disrupt your entire life. If medications haven't brought you the relief you need to function, Dr. Kirby Scott, your ear, nose and throat doctor at Central ENT Consultants in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, may suggest a balloon sinuplasty. If you've never heard of this procedure, you've come to the right place. Discover the functions and advantages of this procedure.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, the air-filled spaces in the front of the skull. People with sinusitis often have headaches, nasal drainage, a cough and a decreased sense of smell. If these symptoms persist for longer than 12 weeks, you've likely visited your ENT and have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis.
How is chronic sinusitis treated?
Chronic sinusitis is a common condition - affecting about 15% of the population, according to the American Rhinologic Society - that often responds well to medications like analgesics, steroids or nasal irrigation sprays. However, there are people who do not find relief from these conservative methods of treatment. In the past, ENT doctors suggested sinus surgery as a way to drain and clean the sinus cavities. However, this treatment, while effective, requires several incisions and the post-operative recovery time can be lengthy. This is why many ENT doctors, including Dr. Scott in Frederick and Hagerstown, may suggest a balloon sinuplasty as way of treating persistent sinusitis that produces similar results with less side effects.
What is a balloon sinuplasty?
This is a minimally-invasive technique of treating recurrent sinus infections. Through the use of a tiny lighted tube called an endoscope, your ENT inflates a balloon-like catheter to dilate the sinuses and promote drainage. Studies have shown that patients who have received balloon dilations in their sinuses consistently show the same results as those who have had the more invasive sinus surgeries: their symptoms and activity levels improve and they are far less likely to need medication to treat any further sinus-related illnesses.
If you're dealing with chronic sinus pain, pressure and drainage, don't wait any longer. Contact Central ENT Consultants in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott today!