Tips for Sinus Sufferers

Allergies, ENT Services, Sinuses, Uncategorized

During both cold and warm months, sinus sufferers deal with upper respiratory infections, colds, flu, allergies and sinus infections. These allergies and illnesses are responsible for lost work hours, missed school days and financial distress.

Most over the counter medications only relieve the symptoms for a short time. However, there are some methods of self-care that sinus sufferers can use until they are able to visit their doctor.

Self-Care Tips for Sinus Relief

  • Use warm compresses followed by steam. Hot steam can loosen the nasal passage. A stuffy nose is the biggest complaint among sinus sufferers, as people are uncomfortable with the thought of not being able to breathe. Applying a moist warm towel to the facial area can reduce sinus pain and discomfort.
  • Altering eating habits to include more juices, plenty of water and broth can boost urination, which helps to eliminate toxins. If hydration might be a problem, taking in fluids can help.
  • Dust, clean and mop regularly. Pet hair, dust, pest droppings, mold and mildew only worsen sinus conditions. Cleaning the home or work area with mild or organic cleaning solutions can help to alleviate sinus symptoms.
  • Traveling away from home and sleeping on hotel beds can trigger an allergic reaction. If necessary, bring pillows and other bedding from home. Hotels normally use the same pillows over and over again. Unfortunately, most hotels do not change the pillows or sterilize them as they should. So when traveling away from home, take a little bit of home on the trip in the form of pillowcases.
  • Use saline nasal drops to reduce or eliminate dryness. Sprays might work best.
  • Keep living areas humidified. A portable home humidifier works to keep the bedroom and living room moist. Dry air is not good for sinuses, and can actually cause nose friction or dryness.

Home remedies for self-care treatment of sinus problems work for the most part. However, these are only temporary sinus relief solutions. If sinus problems persist, or worsen, the advancement of a sinus infection is likely. Contact a doctor right away, and schedule an office visit. Severe sinus and allergy problems can trigger asthma and other upper respiratory problems.

The doctor may need to prescribe antibiotics, or a more potent medication to help fight sinus infections. However, it is more cost effective to try the home remedies as a first attempt to cure these problems.

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Balloon Sinuplasty

ENT Services, Sinuses

As a less invasive surgical alternative to traditional functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), balloon sinuplasty is providing thousands of allergy and sinusitis sufferers with welcome relief from the congestion, post-nasal drip and headache pain associated with chronically irritated sinuses.

Sinus infection season has already begun and spring/summer allergies follow immediately after so avoid feeling stuffed-up and ill all the time by allowing internationally respected ENT surgeon Dr. Andy Chung the opportunity to eliminate your sinus symptoms with balloon sinuplasty.

Who is Dr. Andy Chung?

Dr. Andy Chung is a board-certified ENT doctor who has performed many balloon sinuplasty procedures for people who received little to no relief from sinus or allergy medications. Recognized this year by D Magazine as one of the area’s best doctors and a top rated ear, nose and throat expert, Dr. Andy Chung sees both children and adults affected by chronic sinus conditions, ear infections and many other ENT disorders that have not responded to other treatment methods.

Benefits of balloon sinuplasty include:

  • It is minimally invasive–Dr. Chung does not need to make any incisions to the nasal tissues or nasal bones.
  • Most procedures are done under local anesthesia in the office.
  • Eases the uncomfortable swelling, itching and burning of sinus passages so that patients can breathe freely again.
  • Following balloon sinuplasty, patients return to work quickly and experience lasting improvement in nasal congestion, pain, pressure, headaches and infections.

How is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?

Insertion of the balloon sinuplasty device is a simple procedure that can be done in the office by Dr. Andy Chung.   A tiny balloon catheter and lighted guide wire is introduced into the narrowed sinus passageways. Inflation of this balloon opens your swelled passageways painlessly while a gradual restructuring of the sinus area takes place. Restoration of normal sinus functioning begins almost immediately, without harming the anatomical integrity of sinus passages.

How Well Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?

Dr. Chung’s balloon sinuplasty patients consistently report significant improvement of sinusitis symptoms after the procedure. Recovery time consists of one to two days of simple rest before patients can resume normal activities. Compared to the several weeks of downtime associated with traditional sinus surgery that require general anesthesia in the hospital setting, undergoing a balloon sinuplasty procedure with Dr. Andy Chung will seem like a painless, quick check-up.

Don’t Suffer Another Minute with Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms

We welcome new patients and invite you to make an appointment with Dr. Andy Chung if your current treatment methods have been ineffective in relieving your ear, nose and throat disorders.

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When is it a sinus headache?

ENT Services, Sinuses

During fall, sinuses start to flare up leaving individuals with sinus headaches and other related issues. However, treatment for a sinus headache and a tension or migraine headache is a much different process. How do you determine when you are suffering from a sinus headache so you can take the proper steps towards relief?

Symptoms of Sinus Headaches

When your nasal or sinus passages become inflamed and swollen preventing the passage of mucous, this irritation can lead to a headache. This is because your sinuses are located in your head. However, for a sinus issue to get to the point of causing a headache, it typically means you are suffering from chronic or acute sinusitis, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). If you suffer from the following symptoms in conjunction with your headache, then you most likely are dealing with a sinus headache:

  • Swelling, pain or pressure in your face particularly near your sinus region across your cheeks and above your eyebrows
  • Stuffy nose
  • Yellow or green drainage from your nose
  • Pain in your upper teeth or gums

Distinctions of Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches differ from other headaches, such as migraine or tension, in that this type of headache is directly related to sinus problems. While you may be able to find relief in over-the-counter remedies, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen, these medications are only going to provide temporary relief of the pain associated with the swelling of your sinus passages.

Remedies specific to the treatment of sinusitis include nasal irrigation, decongestants, using a humidifier, and breathing moist air. If you are suffering from acute sinusitis, you will need to see a physician in order to receive prescription antibiotics to treat infection. For chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty by Acclarent is a minimally invasive surgical option that is safe and effective.

Dr. Andy Chung is an ENT Doctor who is board-certified according to the standards of the American Board of Otolaryngology. If you are in search of relief from sinusitis, Dr. Chung serves the Dallas, TX area. As a one-stop shop for the treatment of sinus problems, you can receive comprehensive care for your sinus issues at the office of Dr. Andy Chung.

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How Do I Know When My Child Has Sinusitis?

Allergies, ENT Services, Kids, Sinuses

Parents are often concerned when their children exhibit any symptoms of sickness, especially when it comes to flu and allergy season. One thing to remember, though, is that your child’s sinuses are not finished developing until they are in their late teens. Sometimes, diagnosing exactly what ails a child is difficult. Is it a cold? Or is it sinusitis?

What Is Sinusitis?

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Sinusitis simply means that your sinuses are inflamed.

How Can I Tell if My Child Has Sinusitis?

Your child may have Sinusitis if they have the following symptoms:

  • Cold symptoms for more than 10 to 14 days
  • Nasal drainage that is thick and a yellow-green color
  • Post-nasal drip which can cause a sore throat, bad breath, cough and nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling around the eyes

As children grow, they get infections because their immune system is building up its resistance. Generally these sicknesses are caused by viral infections or aggravated by allergies. But if you notice your child’s sickness lasting longer than a week, it may be a sinus infection.

How to Prevent Sinus Infections

  • Reduce exposure to various environmental allergies
    • Second-hand smoke
    • Smog
    • Extreme outdoor elements
  • Reduce child’s time at daycare
  • Treat stomach acid reflux disease

What Will the Doctor Do for Sinusitis?

If you bring your child to Dr. Andy Chung for acute sinusitis, he will likely prescribe a course of antibiotics, which is generally quite effective. Sometimes a nasal decongestant spray can assist with short-term relief of stuffiness, but be sure to ask your Pediatrician before giving your child any over-the-counter medicine.  In most instances, when children are finally referred to an ENT surgeon, they most likely suffer from chronic sinusitis.  Chronic sinusitis may require surgical treatment (tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy or sinus surgery).  Dr. Andy Chung is an experienced sinus surgeon and will always use the least invasive surgical techniques necessary to treat your child.

Dr. Andy Chung, a well-respected ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) surgeon, has been working closely with adults and children regarding all issues that concern them including cancer, sinus issues, and sleep apnea. He is recognized internationally and is board-certified and fellowship-trained and has been lauded as one of the region’s Best Doctors and Pediatric Specialists in 2013 by D Magazine.

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Dr. Andy Chung’s Sinus FAQs

ENT Services, Sinuses, Uncategorized

As an ENT surgeon, I get asked a lot of questions about sinusitis and sinus relief. The condition is very common, yet the education surrounding it is often sparse. That’s why I, Dr. Andy Chung, am here to help. Hopefully, these questions and answers will help clear up some of your confusion around the condition, and if you have any further questions, feel free to let me know here.

Q. What is sinusitis?

A. First, let’s talk about the basics. Sinusitis is simply an inflammation of the lining within your nose and sinus cavities. If you only have one instance that responded to medical therapy (antibiotics, decongestants, steroids) , then you most likely had acute sinusitis. However, if you have had at least four recurrences of the condition, you probably have chronic sinusitis.

Q: Is sinusitis common?

A: According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, over 37 million people in America suffer from sinusitis each year. The occurrence of the condition is likely due to the increase in pollution, environmental allergens, the excessive use of antibiotics leading to resistance, and anatomically obstruction within the nose and sinuses.

Q. How do I get sinus relief?

A. If it is a one-time thing, you can usually get sinus relief with over-the-counter medications and a 10-14 day course of antibiotics. However, if you have chronic sinusitis or recurrent acute sinusitis, you may need long-term medical management or surgery to correct the problem.

Q: What is the surgery like?

A: If it is determined that you are going to need surgery to correct your sinusitis, there are many surgical options available to you including office based surgeries.  The primary goal of any sinus surgery is to eliminate any obstruction that prevents normal mucus flow. During your office visit, Dr. Andy Chung will discuss all aspects of your surgery to ensure that you are well informed about the benefits, risks and recovery.

Q: What is the recovery time?

A: Office based sinus surgery patients can typically return to regular activities the following day, while more extensive sinus surgery may take up to four days.  Most patients can expect to experience the full benefits of the surgery after a few weeks.

Q: What happens if I don’t treat my sinusitis?

A: For starters, you will have to live with pain and discomfort that is simply not necessary. In more severe, yet rare, situations, the sinusitis may lead to meningitis or abscess.

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