As we approach fall and winter, we wish to update you on your ear nose and throat health. We recommend that you have your humidifiers inspected and cleaned. If you don't have one, this may be a good time to purchase. When heaters go on, so should humidifiers. In addition, nasal saline sprays and netty pots often times aid in healthy noses and throats. It is becoming increasingly well known how important good nasal breathing is for our overall health. I am sending a link to a recent story aired on CBS News, featuring James Nestor, author of the recent book, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art". It is very insightful and I hope you enjoy it.

We continue to take very strict COVID precautions. We have had no cases as a result anyone coming to our office or having surgery with us at Northwestern Hospital.
Flu season is rapidly approaching and strongly encourage the flu vaccine.
We are very pleased with our results of the Inspire(inspiresleep.com)procedure for sleep apnea. This has proven to be an excellent outpatient procedure for those who are not getting good results with CPAP.
As always, we offer a full range of services for your hearing health. We provide the most current technology for testing your hearing and providing the most appropriate hearing aids for each individual.
Please feel free to call the office(312-988-7777) for further information on all of the above or to set up an appointment. You may also send individual emails through our patient portal.

Wishing you all good health and safety,

Gordon J. Siegel, M.D.,FACS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery             
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Understanding Sinusitis: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Sinusitis, a common ailment affecting millions, occurs when the sinus cavities become inflamed and swollen. These cavities are air-filled spaces in your skull lined with mucus-producing membranes. When they become congested, it can lead to symptoms like facial pain, pressure, congestion, and a runny or stuffy nose.

Causes of sinusitis vary but often stem from viral infections, allergies, or bacterial infections. You may experience it after a cold, due to allergies triggering inflammation, or from nasal polyps or a deviated septum that hampers proper drainage. If you've been battling sinus symptoms for more than a week, have severe pain in your face or head, notice green or yellow mucus, or experience a high fever, it's time to seek professional help.

ENTs are experts in diagnosing and treating sinusitis, offering options from medication to surgery when needed. They'll assess your condition, potentially perform imaging tests, and develop a personalized treatment plan to alleviate discomfort and restore your sinus health. Don't let sinusitis hold you back. Contact our ENT when symptoms persist or worsen so you can breathe easy and enjoy a healthier life.

Understanding Sinusitis: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Sinusitis, a common condition, occurs when the sinuses, the hollow cavities in your facial bones, become inflamed. This inflammation leads to a range of uncomfortable symptoms. If you have sinusitis, you may experience facial pain or pressure, often around your eyes, forehead, or cheeks. Headaches, congestion, and a stuffy or runny nose are also common. Additionally, you might notice a reduced sense of smell and taste or feel fatigued and have a persistent cough.

Treatment for sinusitis depends on its cause. When triggered by a viral infection, rest, hydration, and over-the-counter pain relievers can provide relief. However, if your sinusitis is bacterial or persists for more than a week, you may need antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare provider. Inhaling steam, using saline nasal sprays, or applying warm compresses can help alleviate congestion.

To manage symptoms at home, consider using a humidifier to keep the air moist and avoid irritants like smoke and strong odors. Nasal irrigation with a saline solution can also help clear mucus and reduce inflammation. If your symptoms worsen or persist despite home care, seek medical advice.

How an Ear Nose & Throat Doctor Can Help With Sinusitis

An ENT can diagnose and treat sinusitis, a condition causing sinus inflammation. They use expertise in assessing symptoms, performing nasal endoscopies, and prescribing medications or recommending surgeries when necessary to alleviate congestion, pain, and infection, improving overall sinus health.

Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. Don't let your ear, nose, or throat discomfort disrupt your daily activities, sleep, and patience. Schedule an appointment with our ENT specialist today to get the expert care you need for a healthier, happier life.

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