You cough, you sneeze and you suffer from congestion and a runny nose. But to get the relief you need, you must answer this big question: Do you have allergies or a cold? First, it’s important to know the differences between allergies and colds. The common cold and its symptoms usually begin when a virus enters your body, and your system reacts by fighting it. Allergy symptoms are the result of an overactive immune system. Your body mistakenly acts as … Continued
For patients who have already undergone sinus surgery, whether it’s balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery, medicated saline irrigations can be an important part of long-term postoperative medical care. Chronic sinusitis is typically the result of a combination of physical obstruction problems and environmental inflammatory problems that lead to a chronic or recurring bacterial or fungal infection. Logically, sinus surgery only serves to resolve the physical or obstruction aspect of the condition. So, as I like to explain to my … Continued
Generally speaking, most patients are familiar with polyps as they relate to a colonoscopy and their potential to become cancerous. Although polyps are most notably associated with the colon, they can also occur in the stomach, the uterus and even the nasal cavity. Though they may sound scary, nasal polyps are almost always non-cancerous (benign). Nevertheless, we take this condition seriously and believe all patients with nasal polyps should be cared for by an otolaryngologist, because nasal polyposis can adversely … Continued
Over the past few years, the healthcare industry has been obsessed with finding a better allergy medicine and the “right antibiotic” to finally cure chronic nasal and sinus problems. Patients caught in a seemingly endless cycle of short-term relief followed by a return to stuffy heads and sinus pressure remain skeptical about the promise of new treatment options. One thing is clear. Based on advancements in our understanding of chronic and recurring sinus infections, there is no one-step cure for … Continued
CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA offers our patients the benefit of a minimally invasive technology in the comfort of the office. Using only topical/local anesthetic, we can treat your sinus disease by gently dilating the sinus outflow tracts with a balloon catheter. Our surgeons are trained and experienced to perform this procedure in the office. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was the first practice in Charlotte to perform these Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in the office and remains the leader … Continued
As a physician at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, whenever I discuss sinus surgery with patients, I tell them to only consider the procedure if their symptoms are actually affecting their quality of life. Recently, I had to take my own advice and undergo sinus surgery myself. Although I’ve performed sinus surgery for the past 15 years, becoming a patient gave me an entirely new perspective.