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Doctor insights on: Sinus Surgery Vs Allergy Shots

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Have sinus surgery next week. I work outdoors in a wooded area 2 hours a day and have seasonal allergies. Will allergy cause sinus be blocked up again?

Have sinus surgery next week. I work outdoors in a wooded area 2 hours a day and have seasonal allergies. Will allergy cause sinus be blocked up again?

Yes: The swollen turbinates are common causes for sinus blockage leading to infection. Without controlling the nasal congestion, you will likely get infection again after a few months of initial improvement from the surgery. Get a 2nd opinion before getting any surgery done. In your case, I'd recommend that you consult an allergist before surgery which is 50% effective at best. . ...Read more

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I have terrible seasonal allergies and coach outdoors in wooded area until November. Need to get sinus surgery. Should I get it after fall season over?

I have terrible seasonal allergies and coach outdoors in wooded area until November. Need to get sinus surgery. Should I get it after fall season over?

Get second opinion: Unless you have had chronic sinusitis refractory to treatment, sinus surgery is unlikely to solve your problem and may even worsen it. I suggest that you consult an allergist first and if you still want surgery, be sure you get a 2nd opinion from another ENT before going ahead. ...Read more

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Neg allergy testing, successful sinus surgery, use daily saline rinse but chronic copious thick post nasal drip for years. What are possible reasons?

Neg allergy testing, successful sinus  surgery, use daily saline rinse but chronic copious thick post nasal drip for years. What are possible reasons?

Allergy?: Many sufferers of chronic sinusitis are made miserable by environmental allergens that aren't on a standard allergy screen, or show a false negative reaction. I suggest repeat testing along the way to rule out any false negatives. Surgery can affect secretions and ciliary function on a sort-term(1-3 days) basis. ...Read more

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Sinus surgery an option for swollen sinus lining/mucus membrane, but clear sinuses? Have sticky mucus and PND. No luck with allergy meds or steroids!

Sinus surgery an option for swollen sinus lining/mucus membrane, but clear sinuses? Have sticky mucus and PND. No luck with allergy meds or steroids!

More detailed: It is said that the thickness of the sinus lining >6 mm suggests infection. With the limited info , I would get a second opinion o this issue ...Read more

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Can allergies and chronic sinusitis cause excessive post nasal drip and swollen neck glands for 8 weeks? In sched for sinus surgery in 2 months.

Can allergies and chronic sinusitis cause excessive post nasal drip and swollen neck glands for 8 weeks? In sched for sinus surgery in 2 months.

Yes: Both conditions can cause your problem. Do note that sinus surgery would help if you have obstruction at the sinus openings. Else you should consult an allergist prior to undergoing the surgery. ...Read more

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My sinuses have been acting up w/ no relief, i'm getting migraines like crazy. I'm taking all of my sinus medicine I take allergy shots monthly they Don't help, what do I do?

My sinuses have been acting up w/ no relief, i'm getting migraines like crazy. I'm taking all of my sinus medicine I take allergy shots monthly they Don't help, what do I do?

Sinus Headache: If your sinus headaches or migraines interfere with your daily life or don't respond to OTC medications, it's time to see a doctor. Call your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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X ray showed swollen sinuses also get lot of sinus headaches .just started allergy shots on my second week will they help ?

X ray showed swollen sinuses also get lot of sinus headaches .just started allergy shots on my second week will they help ?

Yes but: If recurrent sinus issues are caused or worsened by allergies, then allergy shots will definitely help. However, it takes a while for them to work. You should continue taking your allergy and sinus medications while on shots. I would give the shots at least a few months to see a difference ...Read more

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Chronic allergies & sinusitis. No meds help. Last sinus cat scan clear. Had allergy tests, the allergist recommends allergy shots. This would be my 3rd time, first two ineffective. Should i?

Chronic allergies  & sinusitis.  No meds help.  Last sinus cat scan clear.  Had allergy tests, the allergist recommends allergy shots.  This would be my 3rd time, first two ineffective.  Should i?

Another option: If you haven't tried an inhaled nasal steroid (eg, nasonex), it might prove effective in controlling your symptoms. In addition, there are multiple medications which counter allergic symptoms. Make sure your doctor has tried each one for your symptoms. Allergy shots (desensitization therapy) might help. ...Read more

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My barium swallow came out good just swollen sinuses I get lot of sinus headaches for years.i starting allergy shots next week .will they help?

My barium swallow came out good just swollen sinuses I get lot of sinus headaches for years.i starting allergy shots next week .will they help?

Can't see a connection: Between your barium swallow and your sinuses! Allergy shots do help most of the time if prescribed and given by an expert, it will take time though to feel a difference, other prescribed meds should administered too till the effect of allergy shots start, can take up to a year to feel a difference, if not improved, you don't continue, mind you there is around 10-20 % failure rate, good luck ...Read more

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Can allergic rhinitis coupled with sev deviated septum lead to chronic sinus infections? Should I do septoplasy before starting allergy shots?

Possible but: Nasoseptal deviation may occasionally lead to sinusitis but the more common cause is from nasal congestion leading to obstruction of sinus drainage. If the septal deviation is severe, then it is ok to go ahead with it. I usually recommend people to get a 2nd opinion before proceeding with surgery since some nasoseptal deviation is present in everyone and only the severe ones should have surgery. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about sinus surgery?

What can you tell me about sinus surgery?

May vary greatly: There are many options for is us surgery taut may involve pre or intraoperative imaging mapping or imaging as well as a variety of approaches including the use of an endoscope. It is best to discuss he nature of your specific surgery of your surgery with your surgeon. In general, the goal of surgery is to provide adequate drainage. ...Read more

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How fast is recovery after sinus surgery?

How fast is recovery after  sinus surgery?

Depends on type: Recovery depends a lot on what you're having done and who is doing it. Typically in my patients overnight they have some sponge in their nose, that sponge comes out the next day and they feel "better". It can usually takes a few days after that until they are up and around and then a week until I have my patients at full activity including blowing their nose and exercising. ...Read more

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What are common complications during a sinus surgery?

What are common complications during a sinus surgery?

Safe surgery: When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms.Risks are low but include: scarring, anesthetic complications, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, pain, voice changes, reduced smell,and nasal obstruction.Extremely rare complications in skilled hands include injury to the eye/brain injury, CSF spinal fluid leak, blindness, and death. ...Read more

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What to do if I had sinus surgery today please help me?

What to do if I had sinus surgery today please help me?

Stay propped up: You can use ice on your nose for 24 hours, use afrin for bleeding, nasal saline spray, stay propped up, watch for any complication (as per your doctor instructions, namely eye complication, brain complication, severe headache etc). Also, you can change your drip pad if you had one routinely. If too much bleeding, contact your doctor , go to ED. ...Read more

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Can i masturbate after sinus surgery?

Can i masturbate after sinus surgery?

Wouldn't recommend: After any kind of surgery, even sinus surgery, you want to avoid doing anything that will increase your blood pressure. This restriction is recommended until after you have seen your surgeon in follow-up. After your first follow up visit, your surgeon should let you know whether or not you can increase your activities. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I've smoked cigarettes after having sinus surgery?

Is it bad that I've smoked cigarettes after having sinus surgery?

Yes: Yes. The reason you had sinus surgery was to make your sinuses and your nose better. After surgery it takes a while for the sinuses and nose to function normally and part of that is for them to become self-cleaning. The way they clean themselves is with cilia and this cilia is damaged by cigarette smoke. You significantly decrease success of surgery by smoking. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Sinus Surgery (Definition)

In simplest terms, sinus surgery is defined as making openings through the nasal passages and the four, paired sinuses on each side of the nose, bigger. This may include straightening a crooked (deviated) septum, reducing the size of the nasal turbinates, and making the openings (ostia) larger, using by means of a drill with a very small bit that removes bone ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more