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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
June 16, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Infections  

Find out if you are dealing with chronic sinusitis and why.

Most people dealing with the dreaded symptoms of a sinus infection can expect to recover within 10 to 14 days; however, when symptoms persist for months on end then you’re looking at a chronic sinus infection, which requires more specialized care from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk. Here are some reasons why you might be dealing with a chronic sinus infection,

Chronic Nasal Inflammation

Sinus infections occur when there is swelling or inflammation in the nasal passages. When there is inflammation it’s hard for the area to properly drain all of the buildup, which can lead to an infection. With chronic nasal inflammation comes an increased risk for recurring sinus infections.

A Past Nasal Fracture

Have you previously broken your nose? This is a common fracture! Unfortunately, sometimes the bones don’t heal properly or they lead to other fractures deeper within the sinuses. Either way, people who have broken their noses in the past are more likely to deal with chronic sinus infections. Be sure to let us know at your next appointment that you have experienced a nasal fracture in the past.

Nasal Polyps

Sometimes nasal passages develop little benign growths known as polyps. They aren’t dangerous or cancerous, but they can obstruct the sinuses, which can make it more difficult for the sinuses to drain. As a result, those with nasal polyps are also more likely to deal with sinus infections. Fortunately, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor can remove polyps if they are causing your chronic sinus infections.

Inaccurate Diagnosis of Symptoms

Another reason you may be dealing with recurring symptoms is that you received an inaccurate diagnosis or you misdiagnosed yourself. After all, treating the cause of your symptoms rather than the symptoms themselves is the best way to ward away recurring sinus infections. For example, treating sinus infections that you think are due to allergies isn’t going to be effective against structural defects, nasal polyps and a deviated septum.

If you find yourself dealing with persistent or treatment-resistant sinus infections it might be time to get some answers from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor so you know what’s really going on. After all, symptoms of nasal polyps, a deviated septum, structural abnormalities in the sinuses can look an awful lot like a sinus infection.

If recurring sinus infections are happening to you, isn’t it time you found out why? Let our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk provide you with the answers you’re looking for. Call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty today at (314) 576-7503 to learn more.

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 Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
June 27, 2019
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Infections  

Sinus InfectionsWith debilitating symptoms that can adversely affect your quality of life and work performance, sinus infections can make you feel miserable—especially if they happen frequently. Fortunately, there is help for recurring sinus infections.

Led by Dr. Paul E. Burk, Ear Nose Throat St. Peters Balloon Sinuplasty in St. Peters, MI, offer a wide range of ENT services, including an effective treatment for recurring sinus infections: balloon sinuplasty.

More about Balloon Sinuplasty

According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic sinus problems affect over 12% of people in this country. Chronic sinus infections are unpleasant, painful, and can be debilitating, causing headaches, fever, and other symptoms.

If you are one of the 12% affected by chronic sinus infections, balloon sinuplasty can help. This popular treatment is the perfect choice to treat:

  • Recurrent sinus and nasal problems
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Chronic head pain behind your eyes
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose due to nasal blockage

Balloon sinuplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During treatment, an ultra-thin catheter is inserted into your nostril. This catheter contains a small balloon at the end, and once it reaches the affected area, the balloon is inflated, opening up the sinus passage and allowing you to breathe freely with no sinus congestion.

Balloon sinuplasty has many advantages over conventional sinus surgery, including how it...

  • Is minimally invasive and requires no incisions or sutures
  • Does not cause any scarring or scar tissue
  • Causes less discomfort than conventional sinus surgery
  • Requires little or no downtime because there is very little bruising and swelling

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

Don’t let chronic sinus infections affect your quality of life—balloon sinuplasty can help relieve your painful sinus symptoms. To find out more about treating recurring sinus infections and other nasal and sinus issues, call Ear Nose Throat St. Peters Balloon Sinuplasty in St. Peters, MI, today! Our number is (314) 821-5002