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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.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
June 23, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Your ENT specialist in Chesterfield, MO, can help relieve your sinus problems.

If you have ever experienced sinusitis, you already know how uncomfortable it can be. The constant pounding and pressure in your sinuses can make it difficult to get through the day. Fortunately, there is relief. Your ENT specialist can help you feel better.

Dr. Paul Burk at Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, offers a wide range of ENT services, including balloon sinuplasty to help you get relief from sinus problems.

You may have tried over-the-counter sinus medications, only to find they were just a temporary fix. What you need is a permanent solution,  balloon sinuplasty!

Balloon sinuplasty is the perfect option to treat:

  • Recurrent and chronic nasal and sinus problems
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Frequent sinus headaches behind your eyes
  • Nasal stuffiness and congestion

So, why should you consider balloon sinuplasty? Balloon sinuplasty offers some major benefits like these:

  • It's minimally invasive, with no need for incisions, sutures, or scarring
  • There is much less discomfort than conventional sinus surgery
  • There is much less risk of infection because there is no open incision
  • It's quick to recover from, with no downtime, and minimal swelling and bruising

Balloon sinuplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a thin wire catheter is inserted into your nostril and guided up into your sinuses.

The catheter contains a small balloon on the end, and when the catheter encounters resistance or a blockage, the balloon is inflated. The inflated balloon clears and opens your sinus passage, allowing you to breathe normally again.

The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is removed. After balloon sinuplasty treatment, you will breathe more deeply and easily. Your sinus headaches, pressure, and pain will be gone for good.

Next time you experience sinus problems, consider balloon sinuplasty to restore your health. To find out more about balloon sinuplasty and how the procedure can help you feel better, call Dr. Burk of Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503 today!

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
May 20, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Polyps  

How your ENT specialist in Chesterfield, MO, can help you feel better

Sinus polyps can make you miserable. The headaches and sinus pain can make it difficult to think about anything else. Fortunately, your ENT specialist can diagnose and treat your sinus polyps, so you can get back to enjoying life.

Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, in Chesterfield, MO, offers comprehensive ENT services, including treatment of sinus polyps. He can help you feel better.

So, what are sinus polyps? They are growths of tissue clinging to the walls of your sinuses. They are also commonly found in nasal passages. Polyps are the result of chronic inflammation caused by an underlying medical condition.

These are a few of the medical conditions that can cause chronic sinus inflammation:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Medication sensitivity
  • Immune disorders

Sinus polyps by themselves are typically not painful, but they can cause annoying and uncomfortable signs and symptoms like these:

  • Headache, facial, and tooth pain
  • Chronic or recurrent sinus infections
  • Nasal discharge or stuffiness
  • Problems with smell or taste
  • Frequent snoring

So, when should you see your ENT specialist? If your signs or symptoms last longer than 10 days, you need to make an appointment with your ENT specialist.

Your ENT specialist may recommend:

  • Nasal endoscopy to confirm the presence of sinus polyps
  • CT imaging, to precisely view the deeper areas of your sinuses
  • Corticosteroid medication to shrink sinus or nasal polyps
  • Antihistamine or antibiotic medications to relieve symptoms

For larger polyps that don’t respond to conservative therapies, your ENT specialist may suggest surgery. Surgery is typically performed endoscopically, with the use of balloon sinuplasty. Sinus surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis.

To find out more about causes, symptoms, and treatment of sinus polyps and other ENT services, call Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503. Call today!

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
February 26, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Sinusitis is a painful condition, characterized by inflammation of the nose and sinuses and causing difficulty breathing, trouble sleeping, and overall discomfort. While sinusitis has multiple potential treatments, balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective solution.

Dr. Paul Burk at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, MO, may recommend balloon sinuplasty to help you find relief from painful sinuses. Here is what to know about the procedure and its recovery period.

What is the process of a balloon sinuplasty?

This procedure is often preferred as it is less invasive than other surgeries, requiring no cutting, tissue removal, or disruption of the nasal bone. Your doctor will use a slim, flexible catheter to open the sinus passage, inflating the balloon to widen the opening in order to help mucus buildup drain out. Next, a saline solution will be used to flush out any remaining mucus residue, providing you relief from sinus pressure.

What is the recovery for balloon sinuplasty?

You will be given an anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure, and once it wears off you may feel some mild soreness. You will probably experience drainage from your nose and congestion but should abstain from blowing your nose for 24 hours.

Your doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic to aid the healing process and a saline solution to use for several days to keep your sinuses lubricated.

If you are finding recovery to be painful, you can ask your doctor about the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever. You should be able to resume normal activity within two days, but as you may feel some fatigue avoiding strenuous activities for a week is advised.

Call the Chesterfield, MO, office of Dr. Paul Burk today at 314-576-7503 for all your Ear, Nose, and Throat needs. We can help you find relief from your sinus pressure today.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
December 30, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

Have you had it with chronic nasal congestion and facial pain?

You’ve been dealing with chronic sinusitis for months without experiencing relief. You’ve tried over the counter and prescription nasal sprays and medications and nothing seems to open up those blocked sinuses. If you’re at your wits’ end you may be wondering if you should turn to our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Burk for sinus surgery.

Of course, there is something you should know…

Traditional sinus surgery involves cutting and may even require us to remove tissue and cartilage. It can be a more complicated and elaborate process with a longer recovery time. This is why we offer balloon sinuplasty here at our Chesterfield, MO, practice.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty makes it possible for Dr. Burk and his team to be able to treat chronic sinusitis. It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing a tiny wire with a light at the end into the sinuses. Then a deflated balloon is inserted into the nose where it is slowly and gently inflated.

The balloon will expand the sinus cavity, allowing our team to be able to properly clean out the sinuses with saline solution and also allow any mucus and bacteria to drain. Once this is complete, the balloon system is removed and you should be able to breathe better instantly.

Who should consider balloon sinuplasty?

Not everyone will need to turn to balloon sinuplasty to alleviate their symptoms; however, this may be the ideal treatment option for you if,

  • You are dealing with recurring or severe sinus infections that don’t respond to at-home care, medications and other treatment options
  • You are battling significant and painful symptoms such as persistent headaches, facial pain and pressure, and coughing due to your chronic infection
  • Your chronic sinusitis is not caused by structural defects in the nasal cavity such as a deviated septum or the presence of polyps (this problem can still be corrected; however, this will require a different type of procedure)

If you’ve been dealing with chronic or severe sinusitis symptoms, know that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT team is here to help. Call us at (314) 576-7503 to find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for you.