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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
November 05, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

Got questions about sinus infections? We have answers.

Are you currently dealing with nasal congestion, facial pain and sinus pressure? If so, then you could be suffering from a sinus infection. While most cases of sinusitis are minor and go away on their own, some people deal with chronic or severe symptoms that can be nagging and even debilitating. Find out more about this respiratory condition and how our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk can help.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is characterized as inflammation in the lining of the sinus cavities. This condition is often caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. Sinus infections typically occur after recovering from an upper respiratory infection like the flu or common cold.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

The most common symptoms of sinusitis include a runny or stuffed nose, facial pain and pressure, nasal congestion and green nasal discharge, as well as headaches and referred pain to the upper teeth and ears.

How long does sinusitis last?

Most acute forms of sinusitis clear up on their own after 4 weeks; however, people dealing with true chronic sinusitis will have symptoms that persist for more than 12 weeks.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is often caused by an allergy or a bacterial infection that causes swelling in the lining of the nose and sinuses.

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis?

Besides the symptoms that are indicative of acute sinusitis, you may also experience a loss of smell and bad breath.

What are the treatments for acute and chronic sinusitis?

Even though acute forms will go away on their own with time, you may still want to use over-the-counter pain medications to help reduce headaches, pain, and facial pressure.

Decongestants can also alleviate blocked nasal passages. If your symptoms don’t improve after a week or if they get worse then it’s time to see our Chesterfield, MO, ENT team for treatment. Those with severe or chronic conditions may need antibiotics or a steroid nasal spray. Surgery is also an option for someone who hasn’t found relief from other non-surgical treatment options. We offer balloon sinuplasty to help treat blocked sinuses caused by chronic sinusitis.

If you are dealing with chronic or severe symptoms of sinusitis our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk can help you get the relief you’re looking for. To schedule a consultation with our team, call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty at (314) 576-7503 today.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
October 29, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Learn more about our most advanced minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic sinus infections.

Are you suffering from chronic sinusitis? Recurring and chronic infections can lead to long-term sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and discomfort, but our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk wants to change all of this. If sinusitis isn’t responding to medication and other treatment options it may be the perfect time to discuss your candidacy for balloon sinuplasty. At our practice, we are proud to offer the NuVent™ EM Balloon Sinus Dilation System.

What are the warning signs of chronic sinusitis?

Most people assume that their pesky little sinus infection will eventually go away, and most of the time it will; however, what happens when it doesn’t? If you’ve been living with these symptoms for more than 12 weeks then you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis,

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Fatigue
  • Earaches
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nasal discharge (often green or yellow in color)
  • Facial tenderness

When should I consider balloon sinuplasty?

Often, the first course of action when your turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor is for us to find simple but effective ways to manage your symptoms. Some patients find relief through prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as simple home care and lifestyle changes; however, you may want to consider balloon sinuplasty if,

  • You aren’t experiencing symptom relief from medications or other treatment options
  • You experience recurring or chronic sinus infections
  • You have trouble breathing out of your nose
  • Your sinus infections are severe

How does balloon sinuplasty work?

After the nasal cavity is thoroughly numbed, we will insert a very thin catheter through the nose. Attached to the catheter is a deflated balloon. Once the catheter is guided into the nasal passages, the balloon is inflated. As the balloon inflates, it will safely and effectively open up the passageways to allow mucus, bacteria, and pus to properly drain. Even once the catheter is removed the nasal passages will remain open.

What is the NuVent™ EM Balloon Sinus Dilation System?

Balloon sinuplasty just got an upgrade in our office! Just as you use GPS to help you navigate where you need to go, the NuVent™ EM Sinus Dilation System provides advanced technology to assist our team in correctly moving tissue and bone through more minimally invasive techniques. The NuVent™ system provides us a screen with a detailed map of your sinuses that shows us exactly where to place our tools to be able to remove the blockage and improve nasal breathing.

If you are living with chronic or recurring sinus infections, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk has been helping individuals in the St. Louis, MO, area breathe better with balloon sinuplasty. To find out if this procedure is right for you, call us at (314) 576-7503 to schedule a consultation.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 27, 2021
Category: ENT Care

If you’ve ever experienced times where it feels like your nose is blocked off and you can’t breathe without fully opening your mouth, you know that it can be frustrating to deal with nasal breathing problems. There are many issues that may be plaguing you and causing issues with your ability to breathe through your nose. Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, can help explain different issues that can cause nasal breathing problems and how they can be treated.

What Could be Causing Nasal Breathing Problems?

There are many different types of issues that can affect your nasal cavity and make it hard to breathe normally. Some common issues that may be bothering you are:

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Recurring acute sinus infections
  • Facial pain
  • Deviated septum
  • Common cold

When dealing with things like nasal obstruction, there’s not always a cause that has to do with a disease or illness that you may be dealing with. You may have an object stuck inside the nose, such as dried mucus or a foreign object, which cuts off the nasal pathways and makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose. If you have a foreign object in your nose, you’ll have to contact your doctor in Chesterfield, MO, as soon as possible for removal.

Chronic sinus infections or recurring acute sinus infections can be caused by other issues like a deviated septum and can make it extremely hard to feel comfortable breathing without obstruction. You may need to treat the underlying cause of your sinus infections in order to experience them less frequently. Other issues like facial pain can also be caused by sinus infections and can affect your ability to breathe and to just feel comfortable in your everyday life.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today

Don’t let nasal breathing issues take over your whole life. Enjoy your highest quality life by contacting Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, to learn more about what can cause your nasal breathing problems. Call today at (314) 576-7503.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 17, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Pain   Allergy  

Be able to recognize when your sinus pain may require an ENT’s care.

Facial pain and pressure can be brutal. If these issues flare up throughout the year then you may just blame allergies; however, would you be able to tell whether your symptoms are truly due to allergies or whether something more problematic could be at play? This is when you may want to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk for answers. In the meantime, here’s how to tell that your sinus issues could be more than simply allergies,

Recognize Allergy Symptoms

Allergies flare up when you come in contact with your triggers, whether that’s pet dander, mold or pollen. While allergies can occur any time of year, if you have seasonal allergies you may notice that your symptoms are worse during the fall and spring months. Common symptoms include,

  • Itchy, watery and red eyes
  • Itchy nose and face
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Hives (itchy skin rash)

Signs It’s More Than Just Allergies

Did you know that sinus infections often occur after dealing with allergies or the common cold? This is why your stuffy nose may stick around for a few weeks after your allergy symptoms have gone away. Sinusitis is often acute, which means that it will clear up within 2-4 weeks on its own; however, if you experience nasal congestion and facial pain and pressure for more than three months, this is a sign of chronic sinusitis. If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic sinusitis you must turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor for an evaluation.

How Chronic Sinus Pain is Treated

First, Dr. Burk and his team will need to determine what is causing your sinus pain before they can craft a treatment plan. If you are dealing with allergies, Dr. Burk will provide you with medication options to help manage your symptoms along with lifestyle modifications aimed at reducing your exposure to allergens and triggers.

If your sinus pain is due to chronic sinusitis, treatment may include nasal saline and steroid sprays, allergy medications, injectable medications (if nasal polyps are causing your sinus pain), or minimally invasive procedures such as balloon sinuplasty (which can help to alleviate blockages and improve nasal breathing).

If you are dealing with severe, persistent sinus pain, or if you’ve never visited an ENT for an evaluation, it’s high time you got answers and the proper treatment. Our ENT specialist, Dr. Burk, has been providing trustworthy ear, nose and throat care to the Chesterfield, MO, area for more than three decades. To schedule an appointment with our team, call us at (314) 576-7503.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 17, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Issues  

Get your sinus problems under control with these helpful tips.

We understand that chronic sinus problems can impact your health, daily routine and quality of life. The goal of our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk is to make sure that every patient has the tools, treatments and education needed to be able to get their sinus problems under control so that they can get back to what really matters in life. Here are some helpful tips for living well with chronic sinus problems,

Invest in a Humidifier

If you battle regular sinus problems, a humidifier is going to be your new best friend. This handy little device can help add moisture back into the air, which can help with nasal congestion and preventing the nasal cavities from drying out (if you’re prone to dry nasal cavities and nosebleeds, having a humidifier will be particularly helpful). We recommend placing it in the bedroom to help manage your symptoms while you sleep, which will also help you wake up feeling your best.

Perform Daily Saline Rinses

If you don’t have a neti pot but you’re dealing with sinus problems, this is going to provide you with some wonderful relief. A neti pot rinses out the nasal passages with saline-infused water, which helps to reduce inflammation while also clearing out all the bacteria, mucus and gunk that makes it more challenging to breathe. Some people find relief by simply performing this once a day, but you may wish to do this in the morning and again at night (especially if you feel a sinus infection brewing).

Stay Hydrated

Most Americans do not drink enough water, which is unfortunate because staying hydrated offers a wide range of benefits, from boosting brain fog and energy levels to flushing out toxins. If you dealing with sinus problems, one of the best things you can do is to drink lots of water. This is particularly great for alleviating congestion, as dehydration can make this issue worse.

Consider Balloon Sinuplasty

If you have been dealing with chronic sinusitis and you aren’t getting relief through home care or these tips above, then it may be time to speak with our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor about balloon sinuplasty. This procedure provides our chronic sinusitis sufferers with a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require any cutting or incisions to open up the nasal passages, clear out blockages and improve nasal breathing. If you are tired of having trouble breathing through your nose, balloon sinuplasty may be right for you.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Burk has been the premiere ENT doctor not just in Chesterfield, MO, but the entire St. Louis, MO, area. If you are looking for an expert in treating and managing chronic sinus issues, then call us at (314) 576-7503 to schedule an evaluation.

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