Ten Signs You May Need Balloon Sinuplasty
There are many reasons why someone may need to consider Balloon Sinuplasty as a way of increasing their overall quality of life. Here are the top ten!
Constant sniffing and snuffling is a sign that you may be suffering from one of the most common symptoms if chronic sinusitis: clogged sinuses. If this symptom persists after you’ve suffered from one of the common causes like a cold or seasonal allergy, you may have chronic sinusitis severe enough to warrant Balloon Sinuplasty surgery.
Again, a constantly running nose that doesn’t respond to usual treatment plans and persists for 8 weeks or more is a sure sign of chronic sinusitis and should be treated accordingly.
Although we often associate symptoms like runny noses and the sniffles as signs of congestion, you can suffer from severe congestion without experiencing these symptoms. If your congestion isn’t responding to the usual treatment techniques, it may to time to talk to an ENT specialist.
Severe congestion like the one associated with chronic sinusitis will often result in excess pressure to the inside of the face and eyes, causing head pain that can range from mild to severe.
Chronic sinusitis makes breathing difficult, something that becomes even more difficult to do when lying down. The severe congestion from chronic sinusitis can result in sleep apnea and a deficiency of oxygen in the blood, both of which contribute to a loss of sleep and overall fatigue.
The more extreme cousin of sniffling, snorting can impact the sinuses further and increase the already uncomfortable pressure.
Pain and pressure resulting from blocked sinuses have the added detriment of excess pressure on the eyes and tear ducts, making them constantly red, watery and irritated.
Because blocked sinuses limit the amount of oxygen you are able to take in at a time, those suffering from chronic sinusitis can find it difficult to take the deep breaths needed when exercising normally.
Clogged sinuses actually stop scent particles from reaching the part of our olfactory sensors that process them, making it difficult for those who suffer from chronic sinusitis to distinguish different smells.
Trouble Tasting Food
These olfactory sensors are also how we process about 85% of the taste of our foods. When it becomes difficult to smell anything, our ability to taste foods will also suffer.