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Nose & Allergy Conditions

ALLERGIES

One out of every four Americans suffer from allergies. Daily life can be profoundly impacted by allergy symptoms which can range from mild to severe, including life-threating episodes and complications.

ALLERGY SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES

There’s a broad range of possible symptoms that patients may experience as a result of allergies. Allergies can cause mild, chronic issues as well as life-threatening reactions. Indeed, allergies can contribute to problems like frequent colds, skin rashes, or sinus infections. Many allergy sufferers try to avoid situations that might trigger an allergic reaction, which can lead to a diminished quality of life. Some patients withdraw from hobbies or avoid friends or family in order to stay away from allergy triggers.

ALLERGY TREATMENTS

There are a variety of treatment methods available to alleviate allergies. New management options are constantly becoming available and specialists at Schaumburg ENT stay up-to-date on the best treatment strategies available. Traditionally, patients have used avoidance to reduce their exposure to allergens as well medications or immunotherapy. But if allergies affect you or a loved one, contact us to learn more about the latest and most sophisticated allergy treatment options available.

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BALLOON SINUPLASTY: THE FUTURE OF SINUS RELIEF

BALLOON SINUS DILATION

Dealing with chronic sinusitis can have a devastating impact on a patient’s daily life. Most symptoms result from improper sinus drainage because the sinus opening are too small or blocked. Medication alone may not be enough to help patients improve sinus drainage. Instead, surgery may be necessary. Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that has been clinically proven as a safe and effective as well as long-lasting treatment from chronic sinusitis.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SINUS PROCEDURE: IN OFFICE TREATMENT BY YOUR DOCTOR

During an initial consultation with a Schaumburg ENT doctor, you’ll decide whether Balloon Dilation is a good option for you. The procedure is minimally invasive and makes use of only a local anesthetic. Once the targeted areas of the sinuses have been identified, a small, flexible balloon catheter is inserted into the nose to expand and restructure the sinus openings. Once the sinus drainage pathways have been dilated, they can drain properly. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to perform.

HOW LONG WILL RELIEF LAST FROM BALLOON SINUPLASTY?

Medication can provide relief from sinus problems while they are being used, but Balloon Sinus Dilation provides more lasting effects that can persist for up to 24 months. Most patients recover from the procedure within 1 to 2 days and then enjoy months of relief from sinus pressure and drainage issues.

If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and medication has failed to provide relief, you may be a good candidate for Balloon Dilation.

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DEVIATED SEPTUM

The septum is the thin wall of cartilage inside your nose that separates your right nostril and nasal cavity from your left nostril and nasal cavity. This septum should ideally be located in the center of your nose separating the nasal cavities into two equal halves. However, in the majority of people, the nasal septum is displaced so that the cavities are not equally divided. This is what is known as a deviated septum.

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NASAL POLYPS

Nasal polyp are small inflamed tissues inside the nose that look like small sacks. These inflamed tissue sacks may occur in groups, like grapes growing on a stem. Small nasal polyps may not cause any problems, but larger ones or polyps that occur in large enough clusters may lead to the development of sinus infections or a diminished sense of smell.

Polyps tend to develop on the mucous lining inside the nose, but they may also develop inside the sinuses. Treatment may depend on a variety of factors, so discuss the various surgical and medical treatment options with your doctor.

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RHINITIS / CORYZA

Rhinitis is an inflammation of the tissues lining the nasal passages. It is often associated with the presence of a watery discharge, nasal itching and breathing problems.

CAUSES OF RHINITIS AND NASAL CONGESTION

There are a variety of issues that can cause rhinitis including:

  • Allergies
  • Non-Allergic Vasomotor Irritants such as medications or hormones or environmental pollutants
  • Bacterial or Viral Infections

Symptoms of rhinitis include:

  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Headaches
  • Runny Nose

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR RHINITIS

There are a variety of treatment options available for rhinitis sufferers. Talk with one of our doctors at Schaumburg ENT to discuss the strategies available to reduce the symptoms of this condition. Treatment options will be based on the cause as well as the severity of the symptoms.

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SINUSITIS

CAUSES OF SINUSITIS

The sinuses are cavities in the skull that are filled with air. They are connected to the nose and nasal passages. Inflammation can cause fluid build-up in the cavities which can further interfere with proper drainage of the sinuses. Inflammation may be caused by the presence of a bacteria, virus, or fungus. A deviated nasal septum can contribute to the problem. The condition is known as sinusitis and the treatment protocol depends on factors that exacerbate the problem.

SINUSITIS TREATMENT OPTIONS

Acute Sinusitis

Sinus inflammation that lasts for less than 10 days is usually associated with Acute Sinusitis.

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis involves sinus symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks or that recurring multiple times throughout the year. At Schaumburg ENT, we use x-rays, CT Scans, and other sophisticated tests to determine whether you have Chronic Sinusitis or another health issue. If you have Chronic Sinusitis, the treatment protocol will depend on the cause and may include prescription or over-the-counter medications or self-care. Other treatment options such as surgery will also be considered for recurring or non-responsive chronic sinusitis. If left untreated this condition can lead to more serious complications due to the proximity of the sinuses to the brain and other areas of the head.

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