Orange County Ear, Allergy, Nose & Neck (OCEANN) ENT
When a nasal disorder takes hold, congestion, nasal drainage, and pressure around your nose and eyes make you miserable. For some, the temporary misery becomes chronic. Our providers, at OCEANN, specialize in relieving your symptoms and treating all nasal disorders, especially chronic sinusitis. To learn more about how to get long-lasting relief, call the office in Huntington Beach, California, or book an appointment online.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON NASAL DISORDERS?
The nasal cavity and the sinuses that open into the nose are vulnerable to many nasal disorders, such as:
WHAT IS CHRONIC SINUSITIS?
CHRONIC SINUSITIS SYMPTOMS
When you have chronic sinusitis, you’ll have two or more of these symptoms:
Thick, discolored discharge from your nose or postnasal drip (mucus draining down your throat).
Nasal congestion that makes it hard to breathe.
Pain, tenderness, or swelling associated with sinuses (around your eyes, nose, forehead, and cheeks).
Reduced sense of smell in adults (children are more likely to develop a cough).
You may also experience symptoms such as:
A sore throat.
Aching in your upper jaw and teeth.
CHRONIC SINUSITIS TREATMENTS
Your initial treatment focuses on reducing inflammation, draining your sinuses and nasal passages, and treating the underlying cause. Our providers may prescribe nasal irrigation, nasal spray, or other medications. If you have allergies, our providers may prescribe medications or recommend immunotherapy. When conservative treatment doesn’t relieve your symptoms, long-lasting relief is available through in-office sinus balloon dilation. Our providers specialize in balloon dilation, which is minimally invasive, so no incisions are needed. Balloon dilation is performed in the office using a local anesthetic. During the procedure, the doctor uses a specialized medical device that’s narrow, holds a small balloon, and easily travels through your nose to the opening of blocked sinuses. At the sinus opening, the provider inflates the balloon. The balloon stays attached to the medical device and stays inflated for only about five seconds. Pressure from the balloon opens the blocked sinus and gently restructures the passageway, so it stays open after the balloon deflates and gets removed. In-office sinus balloon dilation restores your ability to breathe easily.