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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
May 13, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis   facial pain  

Could your facial pain be caused by a sinus infection?

Experiencing facial pain and pressure can be downright miserable. Perhaps this is your first time dealing with it, and you have no idea what could be causing your symptoms. All you know is that you want to get this problem treated, and fast. While many people turn to specialists for their facial pain and never get the answers they need, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are dedicated to making sure you get the treatment you need to get facial pain and pressure under control.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, occurs when there is inflammation or an infection within the nasal cavity. This is, by far, the most common reason patients experience facial pain. Most sinus infections are the result of a virus; however, sometimes they can be bacterial or in even rarer cases, they can be fungal. While a viral sinus infection will clear up on its own, bacterial or fungal infections will require antibiotics or antifungal medication from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor to treat the problem.

Most acute sinus infections only last about 10 days to two weeks; however, chronic forms can last 12 weeks or more where symptoms are recurring.

What are some other causes?

Again, sinus infections tend to be the most common reason why people deal with facial pain; however, it isn’t the only cause. Your facial pain could also be caused by,

  • Nasal polyps
  • Nasal obstruction or blockage
  • Allergies
  • Dental infection
  • Headaches and migraines

Of course, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor also understands how unnerving this can be, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever dealt with a sinus infection. This is why you should come into our office if you’re dealing with new or worsening nasal symptoms.

Don’t let facial pain impact your quality of life. If this is something you’re currently dealing with, or deal with regularly, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the staff at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are ready to help. Call us today at (314) 576-7503.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
November 05, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

Got questions about sinus infections? We have answers.

Are you currently dealing with nasal congestion, facial pain and sinus pressure? If so, then you could be suffering from a sinus infection. While most cases of sinusitis are minor and go away on their own, some people deal with chronic or severe symptoms that can be nagging and even debilitating. Find out more about this respiratory condition and how our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk can help.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is characterized as inflammation in the lining of the sinus cavities. This condition is often caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. Sinus infections typically occur after recovering from an upper respiratory infection like the flu or common cold.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

The most common symptoms of sinusitis include a runny or stuffed nose, facial pain and pressure, nasal congestion and green nasal discharge, as well as headaches and referred pain to the upper teeth and ears.

How long does sinusitis last?

Most acute forms of sinusitis clear up on their own after 4 weeks; however, people dealing with true chronic sinusitis will have symptoms that persist for more than 12 weeks.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is often caused by an allergy or a bacterial infection that causes swelling in the lining of the nose and sinuses.

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis?

Besides the symptoms that are indicative of acute sinusitis, you may also experience a loss of smell and bad breath.

What are the treatments for acute and chronic sinusitis?

Even though acute forms will go away on their own with time, you may still want to use over-the-counter pain medications to help reduce headaches, pain, and facial pressure.

Decongestants can also alleviate blocked nasal passages. If your symptoms don’t improve after a week or if they get worse then it’s time to see our Chesterfield, MO, ENT team for treatment. Those with severe or chronic conditions may need antibiotics or a steroid nasal spray. Surgery is also an option for someone who hasn’t found relief from other non-surgical treatment options. We offer balloon sinuplasty to help treat blocked sinuses caused by chronic sinusitis.

If you are dealing with chronic or severe symptoms of sinusitis our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk can help you get the relief you’re looking for. To schedule a consultation with our team, call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty at (314) 576-7503 today.

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!