Spring is beautiful, but it can also pose some health issues especially for those who are prone to seasonal allergies.
Pollen is the biggest trigger of spring allergy. These tiny particles can be released by trees, weed, and grasses into the air, causing you to experience watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing.
Allergy relief with balloon sinuplasty
While over-the-counter and prescription medications sometimes help in relieving some of the symptoms, they can have side effects that can be a major drawback for many.
If you have allergic rhinitis, your symptoms may be more severe and more difficult to manage as you’re also prone to developing chronic sinus problems.
When you have an allergic reaction, your sinuses can get blocked, preventing the normal drainage of mucus. This can cause bacteria to get trapped in the sinus cavities, which can lead to infection.
How balloon sinuplasty can help
Balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic nasal procedure that’s used to treat cases of severe rhinosinusitis. Adapted from angioplasty, balloon sinuplasty involves the use of small balloon catheters which are used to dilate three of the major nasal sinuses, allowing them to drain.
Although this procedure doesn’t eliminate your allergies, it helps open up your passageways and alleviate your allergy symptoms.
Balloon sinuplasty vs traditional endoscopic sinus surgeries
Compared to the traditional endoscopic sinus surgeries, balloon sinuplasty offers a lower risk of bleeding, faster recovery time, reduced need for postoperative pain medications, reduced risk of postoperative infection, reduced risk of unintentional structural damage, and reduced risk of continuous inflammation.
Are you a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?
To determine if balloon sinuplasty can benefit you, our doctors at Greater Knoxville ENT will look into your medical history and assess your overall health condition.
For appointment requests, you may call (865) 521-8050.