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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
January 11, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

Sinus headaches can be brutal. Here are some ways to reduce your risk.

Whenever there is pressure in the sinus cavity this can lead to a headache. If you regularly experience pain and pressure in the cheeks and around the eyes, your sinuses are probably to blame. Here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk understands just how uncomfortable and intense sinus headaches can be. Here are some ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Treat Your Sinuses

Sinus headaches typically arise when there is inflammation present within the sinus cavity. So the best thing you can do to protect against sinus headaches is to properly care for your sinuses. Using a neti pot or saline solution can help to clear away bacteria from the sinuses and improve nasal breathing and reduce inflammation. You may also want to turn to over-the-counter nasal sprays when sinus inflammation and pressure flare-up.

It’s important that you follow all medication instructions, even over-the-counter medications, as these shouldn’t be used for more than three days in a row. If you find yourself turning to nasal sprays regularly, it’s time to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor for more effective treatment options against your sinus problems.

Know and Avoid Your Triggers

If you have allergies then you may be prone to sinus headaches. By turning to our ENT team here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty for effective allergy treatments we can help you better control your allergies and reduce the likelihood of sinus headaches. Of course, there are certain foods and smells that can also trigger these headaches. It’s important to recognize when these headaches occur to see if there are certain patterns. Alcohol, caffeine or stress could also be culprits.

Maintain Good Air Quality

The indoor air quality of your home could also be triggering your sinus headaches. This is particularly an issue for those who deal with allergies. If you find yourself getting more sinus headaches from the comfort of your home it may be time to invest in a HEPA air filter, especially in the bedroom. This can help to remove contaminants and germs from the air. It’s also important to vacuum, dust and clean your home regularly.

If you are dealing with frequent sinus pressure and headaches, know that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are here to provide you with the relief you need. Call us today at (314) 576-7503 to schedule an evaluation.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
December 16, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Battling a sinus infection? These treatments could help you breathe better.

The nasal congestion, the facial pressure, the postnasal drip…dealing with a sinus infection is no fun. If at-home care isn’t providing you with the relief you need, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are experts in helping find the right solutions and strategies to treat your sinus infection and better manage your symptoms.

What causes a sinus infection?

About 37 million Americans will suffer from a bout of sinusitis each year. A blockage of the sinuses can be the result of allergies, the common cold, nasal polyps or a deviated septum. If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions or you have a suppressed immune system then you are at a higher risk for developing a sinus infection.

What are the warning signs?

Some of the most common symptoms of acute sinusitis include,

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Nasal discharge
  • Stuffy nose
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Loss of smell

Sometimes fever, bad breath, general malaise and even dental pain can manifest during a sinus infection. If you are experiencing two or more of these symptoms then it’s time you got the sinus infection treatment you need from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor.

How is sinusitis treated?

Most of the time a sinus infection is treated with at-home care and medications. The purpose of these treatments is to reduce facial or nasal pressure and pain, unblock the nasal passages and clear up the infection. Since many forms of acute sinusitis are viral, they do not need antibiotics.

When you come into our office for a proper diagnosis we can determine whether your condition is bacterial or viral. A bacterial infection will need antibiotics to be effectively treated. Otherwise, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and decongestants to reduce pain and swelling, and applying heat to certain areas of the face can help ease symptoms until the infection clears on its own.

For those with more chronic forms of sinusitis that last several weeks, you may need a round of antibiotics for a longer period of time to fight the infection. We may also recommend using a steroid nasal spray to reduce swelling and inflammation of the nasal passages. If chronic sinusitis persists despite non-surgical treatment options then it may be time to consider balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that opens up blocked sinuses to help the patient breathe better.

Don’t let a sinus infection knock you out. Our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk can provide you with effective treatment options when at-home care just isn’t enough. To schedule an appointment, call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty 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.
October 29, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Learn more about our most advanced minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic sinus infections.

Are you suffering from chronic sinusitis? Recurring and chronic infections can lead to long-term sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and discomfort, but our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk wants to change all of this. If sinusitis isn’t responding to medication and other treatment options it may be the perfect time to discuss your candidacy for balloon sinuplasty. At our practice, we are proud to offer the NuVent™ EM Balloon Sinus Dilation System.

What are the warning signs of chronic sinusitis?

Most people assume that their pesky little sinus infection will eventually go away, and most of the time it will; however, what happens when it doesn’t? If you’ve been living with these symptoms for more than 12 weeks then you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis,

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Fatigue
  • Earaches
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nasal discharge (often green or yellow in color)
  • Facial tenderness

When should I consider balloon sinuplasty?

Often, the first course of action when your turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor is for us to find simple but effective ways to manage your symptoms. Some patients find relief through prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as simple home care and lifestyle changes; however, you may want to consider balloon sinuplasty if,

  • You aren’t experiencing symptom relief from medications or other treatment options
  • You experience recurring or chronic sinus infections
  • You have trouble breathing out of your nose
  • Your sinus infections are severe

How does balloon sinuplasty work?

After the nasal cavity is thoroughly numbed, we will insert a very thin catheter through the nose. Attached to the catheter is a deflated balloon. Once the catheter is guided into the nasal passages, the balloon is inflated. As the balloon inflates, it will safely and effectively open up the passageways to allow mucus, bacteria, and pus to properly drain. Even once the catheter is removed the nasal passages will remain open.

What is the NuVent™ EM Balloon Sinus Dilation System?

Balloon sinuplasty just got an upgrade in our office! Just as you use GPS to help you navigate where you need to go, the NuVent™ EM Sinus Dilation System provides advanced technology to assist our team in correctly moving tissue and bone through more minimally invasive techniques. The NuVent™ system provides us a screen with a detailed map of your sinuses that shows us exactly where to place our tools to be able to remove the blockage and improve nasal breathing.

If you are living with chronic or recurring sinus infections, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk has been helping individuals in the St. Louis, MO, area breathe better with balloon sinuplasty. To find out if this procedure is right for you, call us at (314) 576-7503 to schedule a consultation.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 27, 2021
Category: ENT Care

If you’ve ever experienced times where it feels like your nose is blocked off and you can’t breathe without fully opening your mouth, you know that it can be frustrating to deal with nasal breathing problems. There are many issues that may be plaguing you and causing issues with your ability to breathe through your nose. Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, can help explain different issues that can cause nasal breathing problems and how they can be treated.

What Could be Causing Nasal Breathing Problems?

There are many different types of issues that can affect your nasal cavity and make it hard to breathe normally. Some common issues that may be bothering you are:

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Recurring acute sinus infections
  • Facial pain
  • Deviated septum
  • Common cold

When dealing with things like nasal obstruction, there’s not always a cause that has to do with a disease or illness that you may be dealing with. You may have an object stuck inside the nose, such as dried mucus or a foreign object, which cuts off the nasal pathways and makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose. If you have a foreign object in your nose, you’ll have to contact your doctor in Chesterfield, MO, as soon as possible for removal.

Chronic sinus infections or recurring acute sinus infections can be caused by other issues like a deviated septum and can make it extremely hard to feel comfortable breathing without obstruction. You may need to treat the underlying cause of your sinus infections in order to experience them less frequently. Other issues like facial pain can also be caused by sinus infections and can affect your ability to breathe and to just feel comfortable in your everyday life.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today

Don’t let nasal breathing issues take over your whole life. Enjoy your highest quality life by contacting Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, to learn more about what can cause your nasal breathing problems. Call today at (314) 576-7503.

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