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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!

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
April 21, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Our sinuses are beneficial in a number of ways, they help with our voice and even help reduce the weight of our skulls, but their primary purpose is to assist in filtering contaminants as we breathe. Certain conditions can interrupt the natural function of sinuses and can lead to infection, infections which can sometimes be chronic. Depending on the severity of these you can turn to at-home treatments for relief, but you can always call upon your ENT specialist Dr. Paul Burk in Chesterfield, MO, for further help and to learn more about available treatments.

Understanding Sinus Infections

If you've ever experienced a sinus infection you are familiar with the telltale symptoms, the pressure, and pain of the face and upper teeth. Some have likened the experience to a painful toothache, because of the way it appears to radiate.

When they are functioning normally your sinuses drain through small passages inside, on the back of your nose. Infections and inflammation caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergies can block these passages and thus lead to a buildup of pressure.

Sinus Infection Treatment in Chesterfield, MO

At-home care is an important first step toward managing your symptoms, and can even prove beneficial during medical treatment. If you are not seeing improvement it's important to seek help from your doctor.

Home care should begin with plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids. The steam from a warm shower can assist with clearing your sinuses and a warm towel over your face can relieve some of the pressure. Be careful not to use very hot water for either treatment. Over-the-counter nasal sprays can also be helpful.

If after some time you are still experiencing the same symptoms, or they have worsened, or return after having gone away, then it's time to consult with your doctor. No one should have to endure a sinus infection and your ENT specialist can guide you to the best course of treatment. Prescription medication, antibiotics, or both can be the best method for you. Or perhaps balloon sinuplasty may be the answer if medications have not shown success.

Relief begins with a visit. So make an appointment today with Dr. Burk in Chesterfield, MO, by dialing (314) 576-7503.

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 Paul E. Burk, D.O.
February 26, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Sinusitis is a painful condition, characterized by inflammation of the nose and sinuses and causing difficulty breathing, trouble sleeping, and overall discomfort. While sinusitis has multiple potential treatments, balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective solution.

Dr. Paul Burk at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, MO, may recommend balloon sinuplasty to help you find relief from painful sinuses. Here is what to know about the procedure and its recovery period.

What is the process of a balloon sinuplasty?

This procedure is often preferred as it is less invasive than other surgeries, requiring no cutting, tissue removal, or disruption of the nasal bone. Your doctor will use a slim, flexible catheter to open the sinus passage, inflating the balloon to widen the opening in order to help mucus buildup drain out. Next, a saline solution will be used to flush out any remaining mucus residue, providing you relief from sinus pressure.

What is the recovery for balloon sinuplasty?

You will be given an anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure, and once it wears off you may feel some mild soreness. You will probably experience drainage from your nose and congestion but should abstain from blowing your nose for 24 hours.

Your doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic to aid the healing process and a saline solution to use for several days to keep your sinuses lubricated.

If you are finding recovery to be painful, you can ask your doctor about the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever. You should be able to resume normal activity within two days, but as you may feel some fatigue avoiding strenuous activities for a week is advised.

Call the Chesterfield, MO, office of Dr. Paul Burk today at 314-576-7503 for all your Ear, Nose, and Throat needs. We can help you find relief from your sinus pressure today.

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