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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 14, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

A sinus headache may feel like an infection in the sinuses and you can experience pressure and discomfort around your eyes, cheeks, and forehead. This can really detract from your quality of life and can make it difficult to participate in work or daily activities. Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, can help you understand what a sinus headache is and how it can be treated so that you can live comfortably.

Symptoms of a Sinus Headache

A sinus headache can feel similar to a migraine, but with slightly different symptoms. The similarity in pain overlaps for the two and it’s important to note that a sinus headache isn’t usually accompanied by feelings of nausea or irritation from bright lights.

Some common symptoms of a sinus headache are:

  • Pain and pressure around the cheeks, brow, or forehead
  • Pain that worsens as you bend over or lie down
  • Stuffy nose
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • An achy feeling in your top teeth.

If your sinus headache starts causing you to miss work or school and really impacts your life, it may be time to talk to your doctor in Chesterfield, MO, about how you can relieve the symptoms associated with a sinus headache.

Treating a Sinus Headache

Your doctor may first recommend some over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This can help relieve some of the pain and pressure associated with a sinus headache. Depending on the severity of your case, your doctor will look at other treatments such as nasal sprays, or other medication if your headache is related to allergies, that can help you feel comfortable enough to participate in your usual activities.

Contact Your Doctor Today

Learn how to control your sinus headaches today. Contact Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503 to learn more about sinus headaches and how they can be treated.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 10, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Symptoms such as nasal congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose are signs of a sinus infection, also known as sinusitis. If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, help is available. At Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, our ENT physician Dr. Paul Burk utilizes several methods, including balloon sinuplasty, to treat chronic sinusitis.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

A sinus infection is a nasal condition associated with inflammation or a blockage in the sinus passages that interferes with their ability to drain properly. Several symptoms can develop as a result of a sinus infection, including :

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Facial pain and swelling
  • Sinus headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Throat irritation and cough

Treating Sinus Infections

When the sinus passages have been inflamed and swollen for at least two months, a patient is considered to have chronic sinusitis. Common causes of chronic sinusitis include a persistent infection, a deviated septum, or nasal polyps. All of these factors can lead to blocked sinus pathways, making it difficult for the sinus to adequately drain.

There are several ways to treat chronic sinusitis or sinus infections. Experienced ENT physician Dr. Burk at our Chesterfield, MO office can develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Methods for treating chronic sinus infections include:

  • Nasal sprays
  • Pain relievers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Balloon sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty

When more conservative treatment methods, such as nasal sprays or corticosteroids, have not delivered complete relief from chronic sinus infections, balloon sinuplasty is recommended. The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to open up the sinus passages so the patient can breathe more easily without nasal congestion, inflammation, discomfort or other symptoms typical of chronic sinusitis.

Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. It is minimally invasive and does not involve surgery. During the procedure, a guided wire is used to gently insert and place a balloon catheter into the inflamed sinus passages. The balloon is then inflated to open up and widen the sinuses. Next, the sinus passages are flushed out with a gentle saline solution to remove mucus buildup. Once the sinuses have been cleared, the balloon is deflated and removed.

Recovery from balloon sinuplasty is quite short and most patients are ready to resume normal activities within just a few days. Following the procedure, the sinuses will remain open.

If you regularly experience the symptoms of a sinus infection, you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis. Many options are available for treating chronic sinusitis. An ENT physician can recommend the right treatment method for your symptoms and needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burk in Chesterfield, MO, call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty at (314) 576-7503.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
June 18, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Issues   Sinus  

Your ENT specialist in Chesterfield, MO, can help if you have sinus issues.

Chronic sinus problems can make it difficult to enjoy your day. Unfortunately, they are all too common. If you are experiencing chronic sinus problems, it’s only natural to wonder what is causing your pain and pressure, and what you can do about it. Fortunately, your ENT specialist is an expert at treating chronic sinus problems.

Dr. Paul Burk at Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, offers comprehensive ENT services, including treatment for sinus issues.

There are many underlying issues that can lead to chronic sinus problems. You may develop chronic sinus problems if you:

  • Develop a sinus infection from exposure to a bacteria or fungus
  • Have nasal or sinus polyps which are causing a blockage
  • Have allergies to pollens from grasses, flowers, and trees, pet dander, mold, and other allergens

So, how do you know if you have sinus problems? You may experience:

  • Chronic throbbing pain and pressure in your sinuses
  • Pressure and pain in your forehead, behind your eyes, your jaws, teeth, or nose
  • A greenish-yellow discharge coming from your nose
  • Frequent coughing and congestion in your nose and sinuses
  • Frequent sore throats, headaches, or earaches

There are several simple steps you can take at home to help get relief. You can try:

  • Putting a humidifier in your bedroom to provide moist air
  • Irrigating your nose and sinuses with a saline solution to open up your nasal passages
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication to reduce swelling

If you are experiencing moderate to severe sinus symptoms that don’t resolve, you need to visit your ear, nose, and throat specialist. Professional treatment for sinus problems may include:

  • Prescription-strength decongestants, antihistamines, or antibiotics
  • Corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation in your sinuses
  • Allergy testing and treatment, which may include injections and sublingual therapy

Sinus surgery may also be recommended. Balloon sinuplasty is a very effective, minimally invasive treatment to open up sinus passages and help you breathe easier.

To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of sinus issues, call Dr. Burk of Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503 now!

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
April 21, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Our sinuses are beneficial in a number of ways, they help with our voice and even help reduce the weight of our skulls, but their primary purpose is to assist in filtering contaminants as we breathe. Certain conditions can interrupt the natural function of sinuses and can lead to infection, infections which can sometimes be chronic. Depending on the severity of these you can turn to at-home treatments for relief, but you can always call upon your ENT specialist Dr. Paul Burk in Chesterfield, MO, for further help and to learn more about available treatments.

Understanding Sinus Infections

If you've ever experienced a sinus infection you are familiar with the telltale symptoms, the pressure, and pain of the face and upper teeth. Some have likened the experience to a painful toothache, because of the way it appears to radiate.

When they are functioning normally your sinuses drain through small passages inside, on the back of your nose. Infections and inflammation caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergies can block these passages and thus lead to a buildup of pressure.

Sinus Infection Treatment in Chesterfield, MO

At-home care is an important first step toward managing your symptoms, and can even prove beneficial during medical treatment. If you are not seeing improvement it's important to seek help from your doctor.

Home care should begin with plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids. The steam from a warm shower can assist with clearing your sinuses and a warm towel over your face can relieve some of the pressure. Be careful not to use very hot water for either treatment. Over-the-counter nasal sprays can also be helpful.

If after some time you are still experiencing the same symptoms, or they have worsened, or return after having gone away, then it's time to consult with your doctor. No one should have to endure a sinus infection and your ENT specialist can guide you to the best course of treatment. Prescription medication, antibiotics, or both can be the best method for you. Or perhaps balloon sinuplasty may be the answer if medications have not shown success.

Relief begins with a visit. So make an appointment today with Dr. Burk in Chesterfield, MO, by dialing (314) 576-7503.