Allergy & Sinus Problems

Allergy and Sinus Problems

All of the physicians at Augusta ENT are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sinus and allergy problems.  

The department is led by physicians board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Foundation (AAOAF)

Chronic SinusitisSinusitis Illustration

Sinusitis affects 37 million Americans each year, making it one of the most common health problems.  More Americans suffer from sinusitis than diabetes, asthma or coronary heart disease.

  • With sinusitis, the cavities of the sinuses become inflamed and swollen and prevent normal mucus drainage, causing mucus and pressure to build up.

Sinusitis symptoms include:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion
  • Or tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead.

Sinusitis that lasts longer than 12 weeks is known as chronic sinusitis.

Individuals who think they may have chronic sinusitis should ask their general practitioner or primary care physician to recommend or refer them to an Ear, Nose and Throat physician (an otolaryngology specialist).

  • Patients report they often confuse sinus infection symptoms with allergy symptoms. This means patients may not be getting optimal care for their condition.
  • Individuals who experience frequent sinus infections may be prone to developing chronic sinusitis.

An ENT physician may use several methods to help screen for chronic sinusitis: visual inspection, nasal endoscopy, CT scan, and/or nasal and sinus cultures.

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, often called allergies or hay fever, occurs when your immune system overreacts to particles in the air that your breathe.  When you are allergic to them, your immune system attacks the particles in your body, causing symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes.  The particles are called allergens (dust, trees, weeds, grass, etc), which simply means they can cause an allergic reaction.

  • To provide you with an accurate diagnosis, our doctor may do a skin test.  In this test, your doctor or the allergy nurse puts a small amount of an allergen into your skin to see if it causes an allergic reaction.  Your doctor may also draw blood for additional testing.
What is Balloon Sinusplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is intended for use by or under the direction of a doctor. There are associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection or possible optic injury. Interested individuals should speak with their doctor about the risks and benefits and to determine whether Balloon Sinuplasty is right for them.
The impact of chronic sinusitis on a person¹s quality of life could include throbbing facial pain or headaches, difficulty breathing and sleeping, bad breath, irritability, fatigue, nausea and loss or reduced sense of taste.

Otolaryngologists, commonly referred to as ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) physicians, treat conditions of the ears, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck; this would include chronic sinusitis.

  • When a chronic sinusitis diagnosis is made by an ENT physician, patients are treated with medication, e.g., nasal steroid sprays, antibiotics, or oral steroids to relieve symptoms.
  • It is estimated that up to 60 percent of chronic sinusitis sufferers are not successfully treated with medication.
  • Patients who do not respond well to medications become candidates for conventional sinus surgery.

All of the physicians at Augusta ENT are trained and experienced in minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty surgery. Call for an appointment today at 706-868-5676.