Caring For Your Nose
Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Common problems with the nasal area include sinusitis, smell disorders, polyps and nasal obstruction caused by a deviated septum.
What causes nosebleeds?
The lining of your nasal cavity contains many tiny blood vessels close to the surface that are easily damaged. The most common cause of nosebleeds is the drying of the nasal passages in hot climates with low humidity or when there is a change of season. Other causes may include allergies, hypertension, sinusitis or trauma to the nose from picking, rubbing or excessive blowing.
Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
Chronic sinusitis is a common condition in which sinus cavities are inflamed and swollen for more than 12 weeks. Symptoms include thick, discolored discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage), congestion causing difficulty breathing through the nose, tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, and reduced sense of small and taste. Acute sinusitis, or sinus infection, has similar symptoms but does not last as long and usually responds to treatment.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a treatment option at ENTA Allergy, Head and Neck Institute for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis. It is a minimally invasive procedure that opens sinus passages and can relieve the pain and pressure caused by chronic sinusitis.
ENTA Otolaryngologists who perform the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure:
The potential benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty include:
- Minimally invasive same day surgery
- No tissue or bone removed
- Eliminates the need for uncomfortable nasal packing
- Reduces or eliminates post-operative bleeding
- Many patients return to normal activities within 24 hours
To learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty™ and if this procedure may be right for you, call ENTA at 217-876-ENTA(3682).