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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
March 15, 2021
Category: ENT Condition

Wondering how many sinus infections are too many?

It isn’t always easy to tell whether you’re coming down with a cold or sinus infection; however, if symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, and facial pressure don’t go away after 10 days then it could be a sinus infection. While sinus infections will usually go away on their own, if you’ve been dealing with sinus infections more than three times a year or you have symptoms that last more than 12 weeks, you might want to talk with our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk about chronic sinusitis.

Why am I dealing with recurrent sinus infections?

Most of the time, acute sinus infections occur after an illness such as a cold or flu. These infections typically will resolve themselves; however, if you’re dealing with chronic or recurring sinus infections it could be caused by,

  • Allergies (e.g., hay fever)
  • Asthma
  • Structural abnormalities and deformities in the nose (e.g., deviated septum)
  • Nasal polyps

How can I alleviate my symptoms?

With acute cases, you can manage symptoms through simple home care such as warm compresses, steam showers, and nasal sprays; however, with chronic cases, you’ll want to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist to find out why recurring sinus infections keep happening to you. We will need to determine the cause so that we can decide which treatment option is the best one.

For example, if allergies are causing inflammation and leading to recurring sinus infections then we will need to create a treatment plan that addresses ways to avoid allergy triggers while also providing you with medications that get your symptoms under control. Those with severe allergies may benefit from immunotherapy. When allergies are properly managed you should see relief from your sinus infections.

Those with structural abnormalities such as a deviated septum may benefit from a corrective procedure that will help the nasal passages properly drain to prevent blockages. Here at our practice, Dr. Burk and his team provide balloon sinuplasty to alleviate symptoms of chronic sinusitis that haven’t responded to traditional and nonsurgical treatment options.

During this procedure, we guide a thin tube through the nasal passage. At the end of the tube is a deflated balloon. Once inserted, the balloon is carefully inflated to open up the nasal passages and keep them open so the blockage can properly drain. Most people experience relief for at least two years after this procedure.

If you’re dealing with chronic sinusitis that isn’t responding to medications and other conservative treatment options, then it may be time to talk with our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist about whether you could benefit from balloon sinuplasty. To discuss your treatment options with us, call (314) 576-7503 today.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 22, 2020
Category: ENT Condition

It's easy to take our ability to taste and smell for granted until we no longer experience it. A variety of disorders can be to blame for this condition, and understanding it requires professional consultation. So get in contact with Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO.

Disorders and Symptoms

The most common disorders at fault produce a variety of symptoms that affect smell and taste to varying degrees.

Hyposmia and hypogeusia only reduce your ability to smell and taste. With the latter impacting mainly your ability to taste foods that are sweet, sour, bitter, or salty.

Anosmia and ageusia, also respectively, completely inhibit your ability to smell or taste.

Some disorders alter your perception of tastes and smells, at times making something you formerly enjoyed appear unpleasant. Or even have you detect a smell that is not there.

Treating Smell and Taste Disorders in Chesterfield, MO

A lot of smell and taste problems can be attributed to respiratory infections, which are brought on by the flu, colds, sinus infections, and allergies.

But the list of possible causes is a long one. They can range from head injuries, the side effects of treating head and neck cancers, unhealthy habits such as smoking, certain medications, and nasal polyps, to name a few.

It is why it's crucial to seek a medical diagnosis so they can determine the underlying problem, and so you may be prescribed proper treatment.

Treatment can be as simple as altering your lifestyle, becoming aware of the chemicals you are exposed to daily, changing or stopping your medications, and possibly surgery if the issue is a blockage or nasal polyps.

But the first step is making an appointment with you Chesterfield, MO, professional Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty. So make a phone call today by dialing (314) 576-7503.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
August 05, 2020
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Balance Problem  

Do you find yourself stumbling more often, or feeling dizzy without knowing why? You’re invited to Dr. Paul Burk’s practice, Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty with St. Luke’s Hospital, in West Chesterfield MO, to get the professional care you need and get to the bottom of your balance problem.

Balance problems in advanced adulthood can stem from many reasons. Here are a few ways to know if there is a problem with the balance present:

There's liquid in the inner ear

Are you experiencing an earache? Also known as labyrinthitis, this inflammation is caused by infection or injury in the ear. When one ear has fluid in it, and the other does not, this fosters imbalance and vertigo.

Changes in gait

As the body begins to age, patients find that their orientation in space changes. Individuals start to feel unsteady, and there is an uneasiness due to the fear of falling. Do you feel like you can’t seem to get your bearings?

Loss of motion

For those who were previously athletes, old sports injuries can restrict the range of motion. This, in turn, can affect change in balance.

Balance disorders

These disorders have several symptoms in common:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Feeling like you are going to fall or actual falling

Dehydration

Eating well and drinking plenty of water daily helps to stave off dehydration. Lack of water in the body causes the blood pressure to go down, and patients begin to feel dizzy as a result. Many doctors recommend 6-8 glasses of water a day to help your body feel better. When dehydrated, foods with some sodium will help the liquids stay in your system longer.

Explore your options in treating your balance problems with a visit to Dr. Paul Burk in West Chesterfield, MO. Contact Ear Nose Throat and Balloon Sinuplasty with St. Luke’s Hospital at (314) 576-7503 to make an appointment.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
August 05, 2020
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Deviated Septum  

Your nasal septum is the firm, flexible wall that is located between the left and right sides of your nose. A normal nasal septum is centered between both sides of your nose, but many of us have septums that are slightly off-center. If your nasal septum is extremely off-center, you have a deviated septum.

When you have a deviated septum, one side of your nose is wider than normal. The other side is narrower. This can lead to various problems. If you have symptoms of a deviated septum and live in Chesterfield MO, contact Dr. Paul Burk. He can help treat deviated septums as well as other medical conditions relating to the ears, nose, and throat. Contact Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty to learn more. Keep reading to learn about the symptoms of a deviated septum.

Signs to Look Out For

Most people who have a deviated septum don't experience any symptoms. That's because they only have a minor deviation. Others may experience a variety of issues, including:

  • frequent sinus infections.
  • loud breathing or snoring while you sleep.
  • breathing difficulties.
  • nosebleeds.
  • nasal pressure or congestion.
  • postnasal drip.
  • facial pain.
  • headaches.

Treatment for a Deviated Septum

Your doctor in Chesterfield MO may choose to treat your symptoms by prescribing nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, or decongestants. These medications treat swollen mucus membranes, but they don't repair a deviated septum. In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend septoplasty, surgery to correct deviated septums. During the procedure, the doctor straightens and correctly positions your septum. As a result, air flows more easily through both nostrils.

Schedule a Visit

Dr. Paul Burk treats a variety of medical conditions relating to the ear, nose, and throat. Visit our Chesterfield MO medical office at Ears, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinusplasty to receive treatment for your deviated septum. He will provide you with quality care, including the information you need to learn more about your medical condition. Please call us at 314-576-7503 for your appointment.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
May 22, 2020
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Ear Infection  

Find out if your child’s earache will go away on its own or whether you need to see a doctor.

While ear infections are more common in children, this doesn’t mean that adults can’t still develop them, as well. Of course, it isn’t always as easy as you might think to determine whether or not you have an ear infection. While our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Burk, can treat ear infections, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and know whether or not you should visit a doctor for care.

There are three different types of ear infections:

  • Acute otitis media: a painful infection that occurs when the middle ear (the area behind the eardrum) becomes inflamed
  • Otitis media with effusion: when fluid builds up in the middle ear (this often occurs after a respiratory infection such as a cold)
  • Otitis externa (or “Swimmer’s ear”): usually caused by a bacterial infection, otitis externa causes redness and swelling within the ear canal

The most common symptoms and signs of an ear infection are:

  • Earache
  • Fever
  • Muffled hearing or loss of hearing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Headache
  • Fullness or pressure in the ear
  • Drainage from the ear

In young children who may not be able to tell you that they are experiencing an earache, their symptoms may include:

  • Increased fussiness
  • Crying when lying down
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fever
  • Reduced appetite
  • Not responding to certain sounds
  • Increased clinginess
  • Pulling or tugging at the ears

You may be able to just let the ear infection run its course

An ear infection is often the result of a bacterial or viral infection, causing buildup and inflammation of the middle ear. In many cases, you may notice your symptoms improving after a couple of days and some ear infections will go away on their own without treatment in about 1-2 weeks.

Sometimes doctors use a wait-and-see approach, particularly in children between the ages of 6 months to two years. When you give us a call, we will determine whether they will require antibiotics or not based on their age, the severity of their symptoms, and whether or not they have a fever.

Sometimes your ear infection may require medical treatment

While minor ear infections may go away on their own, it’s important to see your Chesterfield, MO, area ENT doctor if,

  • You are experiencing severe pain
  • You suddenly cannot hear out of the affected ear
  • You suspect that your infant under 6 months old has an ear infection
  • You suspect that your child has an ear infection and it’s accompanied by a high fever
  • There is swelling or a lump that develops under or behind the ear

Our office in Chesterfield, MO, Dr. Burk and his team provide quality ear, nose and throat care to patients of all ages. If you or your child is dealing with the symptoms of an ear infection, give us a call today at (314) 576-7503.