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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
May 13, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis   facial pain  

Could your facial pain be caused by a sinus infection?

Experiencing facial pain and pressure can be downright miserable. Perhaps this is your first time dealing with it, and you have no idea what could be causing your symptoms. All you know is that you want to get this problem treated, and fast. While many people turn to specialists for their facial pain and never get the answers they need, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are dedicated to making sure you get the treatment you need to get facial pain and pressure under control.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, occurs when there is inflammation or an infection within the nasal cavity. This is, by far, the most common reason patients experience facial pain. Most sinus infections are the result of a virus; however, sometimes they can be bacterial or in even rarer cases, they can be fungal. While a viral sinus infection will clear up on its own, bacterial or fungal infections will require antibiotics or antifungal medication from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor to treat the problem.

Most acute sinus infections only last about 10 days to two weeks; however, chronic forms can last 12 weeks or more where symptoms are recurring.

What are some other causes?

Again, sinus infections tend to be the most common reason why people deal with facial pain; however, it isn’t the only cause. Your facial pain could also be caused by,

  • Nasal polyps
  • Nasal obstruction or blockage
  • Allergies
  • Dental infection
  • Headaches and migraines

Of course, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor also understands how unnerving this can be, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever dealt with a sinus infection. This is why you should come into our office if you’re dealing with new or worsening nasal symptoms.

Don’t let facial pain impact your quality of life. If this is something you’re currently dealing with, or deal with regularly, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the staff at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are ready to help. Call us today at (314) 576-7503.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
April 14, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: seasonal allergies  

Find out when your springtime allergies warrant seeing a specialist.

April showers may bring May flowers, but they may also kick up your allergies as well. If springtime has you closing up the windows and doors and hiding in your home, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, our ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk has helped patients of all ages get their seasonal allergies under control when lifestyle changes simply weren’t enough.

What are the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies?

Are you wondering if your symptoms could be caused by allergies? They could be if you’re dealing with,

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose
  • Coughing
  • Watery, red, or itchy eyes
  • Dark circles under eyes

If you are dealing with these symptoms you may want to see your general doctor first, who can refer you to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor if you are dealing with seasonal allergies.

Is it allergies or something else?

While allergies will cause the symptoms above, we also recognize that these symptoms are also very similar to sinus infections, nasal polyps and other sinus issues. So, how can you tell the difference between allergies and a sinus problem? It could be your sinuses if you’re experiencing,

  • Nasal congestion
  • Thick nasal mucus
  • Discolored mucus
  • Pain and pressure in the cheeks and face
  • Headaches
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth

Sinusitis or a sinus infection is typically caused by a virus, so you may also be feeling run down. Luckily, most people will feel better within 10-14 days. Spring allergy sufferers may deal with symptoms from February to May; however, those with chronic sinusitis will experience symptoms for 12 weeks or longer and over-the-counter medications often don’t provide ample relief. If this is happening to you, turn to our ENT doctor for treatment.

If you are dealing with spring allergies that aren’t responding to home care, you owe it to yourself to get answers and treatments that help you breathe better. Call our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty at (314) 576-7503 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
March 14, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: sinus problems  

Most people will deal with a sinus infection in their lifetime. They are incredibly common. The nasal congestion, the swollen nasal cavity, the inflammation… can be downright miserable; however, when should you be concerned about your sinus pain? It’s important to recognize the warning signs that may indicate that it’s time to visit our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor, Dr. Paul Burk, for an evaluation.

Not all Sinus Infections are the Same

It’s important to recognize that not all sinus infections are caused by the same thing. Sure, most sinus infections are viral and will clear up on their own, but sometimes sinus infections are bacterial. The best way to determine if a sinus infection is bacterial is to come into our Chesterfield, MO, ENT practice. A simple nasal swab can help us determine if the culture is bacterial or not.

Know When Sinus Problems Require Treatment

If your sinus pain and pressure don’t get better over the next week or so, this is often a sign of a bacterial infection. This is when you should turn to Dr. Burk for diagnosis and treatment. After all, while a viral sinus infection won’t respond to antibiotic therapy, a bacterial sinus infection will require treatment. If symptoms are severe or aren’t clearing up on their own, it’s time to give us a call.

Sinus Pain Could Indicate Another Issue

Sinus pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a sinus infection. If your pain is chronic or persistent, this could also be a sign of an underlying issue such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum. Again, coming into our office for an evaluation will both rule out what’s not causing your sinus pain while also pinpointing the root cause.

It’s important to turn to an ENT doctor if you’re dealing with sinus pain, especially any new or worsening pain, as treatment options will depend on the cause. For example, how we treat sinusitis is very different from how we treat nasal polyps, and it’s important that you are treating the problem directly and effectively to alleviate your pain and discomfort.

Don’t let sinus pain and pressure impact your daily routine here in Chesterfield, MO. Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty can provide you with answers and treatment options. Call us today at (314) 447-4995.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
February 15, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: nasal obstruction  

Find out what could be causing your nasal obstruction and what you can do about it.

Having trouble breathing out of one or both nostrils? If so, you may find yourself having trouble sleeping at night, or dealing with snoring and other complications. That’s why it’s important to find out what’s causing your nasal obstruction so that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk can provide you with the nonsurgical or surgical treatment you need to improve nasal breathing.

What is nasal obstruction?

A nasal obstruction is a symptom that occurs as part of a bigger sinus problem, which can cause an individual to have minimal to no airflow through either one or both nostrils.

What are the signs of nasal obstruction?

The most classic and obvious signs of nasal obstruction are a stuffy nose and not being able to take a full breath through your nose. You may also experience,

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble breathing during exercise
  • Runny nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Headaches

What causes a nasal obstruction?

There are many reasons why you may deal with nasal obstructions. If the problem is acute you could be dealing with,

  • A sinus infection
  • Cold
  • Allergies
  • Environmental irritants
  • Certain medications

If you are dealing with recurring nasal obstructions or a nasal obstruction that won’t go away this could be a sign of,

  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Enlarged adenoids
  • Nasal allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated septum
  • Foreign object in the nose (more common in children)
  • Enlarged turbinates (bony parts of the nasal cavity)
  • Structural deformities of the sinuses
  • Genetic abnormalities of the nose
  • Tumors or growths

How are nasal obstructions treated?

The treatment or treatment options that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor recommends will be based on the cause of your symptoms. For example, certain nasal sprays can shrink nasal polyps and treat allergies, while a balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can open up blocked sinuses due to chronic sinusitis. Minimally invasive surgeries can also be performed to remove tumors and correct deviated septum and other structural abnormalities.

Nasal breathing is incredibly important for your overall health and wellbeing, so dealing with a nasal obstruction can leave you feeling horrible. Don’t ignore your symptoms when our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty can create a custom treatment plan that can help you feel better. To schedule a consultation, call us at (314) 447-4995.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
January 11, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

Sinus headaches can be brutal. Here are some ways to reduce your risk.

Whenever there is pressure in the sinus cavity this can lead to a headache. If you regularly experience pain and pressure in the cheeks and around the eyes, your sinuses are probably to blame. Here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk understands just how uncomfortable and intense sinus headaches can be. Here are some ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Treat Your Sinuses

Sinus headaches typically arise when there is inflammation present within the sinus cavity. So the best thing you can do to protect against sinus headaches is to properly care for your sinuses. Using a neti pot or saline solution can help to clear away bacteria from the sinuses and improve nasal breathing and reduce inflammation. You may also want to turn to over-the-counter nasal sprays when sinus inflammation and pressure flare-up.

It’s important that you follow all medication instructions, even over-the-counter medications, as these shouldn’t be used for more than three days in a row. If you find yourself turning to nasal sprays regularly, it’s time to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor for more effective treatment options against your sinus problems.

Know and Avoid Your Triggers

If you have allergies then you may be prone to sinus headaches. By turning to our ENT team here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty for effective allergy treatments we can help you better control your allergies and reduce the likelihood of sinus headaches. Of course, there are certain foods and smells that can also trigger these headaches. It’s important to recognize when these headaches occur to see if there are certain patterns. Alcohol, caffeine or stress could also be culprits.

Maintain Good Air Quality

The indoor air quality of your home could also be triggering your sinus headaches. This is particularly an issue for those who deal with allergies. If you find yourself getting more sinus headaches from the comfort of your home it may be time to invest in a HEPA air filter, especially in the bedroom. This can help to remove contaminants and germs from the air. It’s also important to vacuum, dust and clean your home regularly.

If you are dealing with frequent sinus pressure and headaches, know that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are here to provide you with the relief you need. Call us today at (314) 447-4995 to schedule an evaluation.





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