What You Need To Know About Balloon Sinuplasty

What You Need To Know About Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty, or catheter dilation surgery, is a procedure used by a doctor to clear blocked sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty was approved by the FDA in 2005. Its informal name is the “smart sinus” procedure. Balloon sinuplasty is recommended for patients with chronic sinusitis. It is usually adopted after other non-invasive conservative treatments have failed. Balloon … Read more

Deviated Nasal Septum

Estimates are that 80 percent of all nasal septums are off-center, a condition that is generally not noticed. A “deviated septum” occurs when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline. The most common symptom from a badly deviated or crooked septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. The symptoms are usually worse on … Read more

Hearing Tests

Hearing Tests at Potomac ENT An audiologist will normally start by asking you some questions relating to your hearing, such as how you experience your hearing, if you have been subjected to loud noise or other incidents, if people in your family suffer from hearing loss or whether you hear better in one ear or … Read more

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but it also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears. Roughly 10 percent of the adult population of the United States has experienced … Read more

What Causes Nasal Congestion?

Nasal congestion is usually caused by underlying anatomic abnormalities of the nose and/or inflammation and swelling of the lining of the nose called the “mucosa.” The inside of the nose contains the septum that divides the left and the right side. This is made of bone and cartilage and covered by mucosa. Most people have … Read more

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Do you snore or know someone that snores? Snoring is very common and according to the National Sleep Foundation, affects more than 90 million Americans! What Causes Snoring? Snoring is a sound made by vibrations of excess soft tissues in the back of the nose and throat that include the soft palate, uvula, the tonsils, and the … Read more

How is Rhinosinusitis Treated?

For viral rhinosinusitis, supportive therapy including analgesics, nasal saline, decongestants, and nasal steroid sprays can be beneficial. Viral infections are self limited and usually resolve within 10 days. If symptoms get worse after 10 days, you may have a bacterial infection. Sometimes, a bacterial infection may be present if you improve within 10 days, but … Read more

What is Sinusitis

Sinusitis Overview & Treatments Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S.  Is defined as an inflammation of the sinus lining, and is commonly caused by structural issues such as ostial blockage, bacterial infections, viral infections or a combination of these. Symptoms include: drainage … Read more