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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 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!