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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 14, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

A sinus headache may feel like an infection in the sinuses and you can experience pressure and discomfort around your eyes, cheeks, and forehead. This can really detract from your quality of life and can make it difficult to participate in work or daily activities. Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, can help you understand what a sinus headache is and how it can be treated so that you can live comfortably.

Symptoms of a Sinus Headache

A sinus headache can feel similar to a migraine, but with slightly different symptoms. The similarity in pain overlaps for the two and it’s important to note that a sinus headache isn’t usually accompanied by feelings of nausea or irritation from bright lights.

Some common symptoms of a sinus headache are:

  • Pain and pressure around the cheeks, brow, or forehead
  • Pain that worsens as you bend over or lie down
  • Stuffy nose
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • An achy feeling in your top teeth.

If your sinus headache starts causing you to miss work or school and really impacts your life, it may be time to talk to your doctor in Chesterfield, MO, about how you can relieve the symptoms associated with a sinus headache.

Treating a Sinus Headache

Your doctor may first recommend some over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This can help relieve some of the pain and pressure associated with a sinus headache. Depending on the severity of your case, your doctor will look at other treatments such as nasal sprays, or other medication if your headache is related to allergies, that can help you feel comfortable enough to participate in your usual activities.

Contact Your Doctor Today

Learn how to control your sinus headaches today. Contact Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503 to learn more about sinus headaches and how they can be treated.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 10, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Symptoms such as nasal congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose are signs of a sinus infection, also known as sinusitis. If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, help is available. At Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, our ENT physician Dr. Paul Burk utilizes several methods, including balloon sinuplasty, to treat chronic sinusitis.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

A sinus infection is a nasal condition associated with inflammation or a blockage in the sinus passages that interferes with their ability to drain properly. Several symptoms can develop as a result of a sinus infection, including :

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Facial pain and swelling
  • Sinus headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Throat irritation and cough

Treating Sinus Infections

When the sinus passages have been inflamed and swollen for at least two months, a patient is considered to have chronic sinusitis. Common causes of chronic sinusitis include a persistent infection, a deviated septum, or nasal polyps. All of these factors can lead to blocked sinus pathways, making it difficult for the sinus to adequately drain.

There are several ways to treat chronic sinusitis or sinus infections. Experienced ENT physician Dr. Burk at our Chesterfield, MO office can develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Methods for treating chronic sinus infections include:

  • Nasal sprays
  • Pain relievers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Balloon sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty

When more conservative treatment methods, such as nasal sprays or corticosteroids, have not delivered complete relief from chronic sinus infections, balloon sinuplasty is recommended. The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to open up the sinus passages so the patient can breathe more easily without nasal congestion, inflammation, discomfort or other symptoms typical of chronic sinusitis.

Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. It is minimally invasive and does not involve surgery. During the procedure, a guided wire is used to gently insert and place a balloon catheter into the inflamed sinus passages. The balloon is then inflated to open up and widen the sinuses. Next, the sinus passages are flushed out with a gentle saline solution to remove mucus buildup. Once the sinuses have been cleared, the balloon is deflated and removed.

Recovery from balloon sinuplasty is quite short and most patients are ready to resume normal activities within just a few days. Following the procedure, the sinuses will remain open.

If you regularly experience the symptoms of a sinus infection, you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis. Many options are available for treating chronic sinusitis. An ENT physician can recommend the right treatment method for your symptoms and needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burk in Chesterfield, MO, call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty at (314) 576-7503.

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!

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!

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
May 20, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Polyps  

How your ENT specialist in Chesterfield, MO, can help you feel better

Sinus polyps can make you miserable. The headaches and sinus pain can make it difficult to think about anything else. Fortunately, your ENT specialist can diagnose and treat your sinus polyps, so you can get back to enjoying life.

Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, in Chesterfield, MO, offers comprehensive ENT services, including treatment of sinus polyps. He can help you feel better.

So, what are sinus polyps? They are growths of tissue clinging to the walls of your sinuses. They are also commonly found in nasal passages. Polyps are the result of chronic inflammation caused by an underlying medical condition.

These are a few of the medical conditions that can cause chronic sinus inflammation:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Medication sensitivity
  • Immune disorders

Sinus polyps by themselves are typically not painful, but they can cause annoying and uncomfortable signs and symptoms like these:

  • Headache, facial, and tooth pain
  • Chronic or recurrent sinus infections
  • Nasal discharge or stuffiness
  • Problems with smell or taste
  • Frequent snoring

So, when should you see your ENT specialist? If your signs or symptoms last longer than 10 days, you need to make an appointment with your ENT specialist.

Your ENT specialist may recommend:

  • Nasal endoscopy to confirm the presence of sinus polyps
  • CT imaging, to precisely view the deeper areas of your sinuses
  • Corticosteroid medication to shrink sinus or nasal polyps
  • Antihistamine or antibiotic medications to relieve symptoms

For larger polyps that don’t respond to conservative therapies, your ENT specialist may suggest surgery. Surgery is typically performed endoscopically, with the use of balloon sinuplasty. Sinus surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis.

To find out more about causes, symptoms, and treatment of sinus polyps and other ENT services, call Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503. Call today!

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