The sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities found around the nose and eyes. The inside of the sinuses is lined with a thin layer of mucus that helps to keep the tissue moist.
Sinus Treatments at South Florida ENT Associates
When you breathe, air passes through the sinuses as it makes its way to the lungs. The mucus that lines the sinuses helps filter and humidify the air. The mucus drains naturally, but can occasionally become blocked — which leads to sinus infections. Sinus problems can become chronic and get in the way of everyday activities. If you’re suffering from these issues, South Florida ENT Associates can help by providing comprehensive treatment for these chronic conditions.
- Balloon sinuplasty
- Surgery for nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis
- Septoplasty (deviated septum surgery)
- Nasal turbinate reduction
- In-office CT imaging
SFENTA offers sinus treatments to help unclog the sinus cavities. Our staff can also perform surgical procedures to stop chronic infections from returning. Our treatments include:
Balloon sinuplasty™ technology is an endoscopic, catheter-based treatment system for patients suffering from sinusitis. This FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Chronic Sinusitis Treatment
When the sinuses have been inflamed for three months or more, it is considered chronic sinusitis. This is one of the most common sinus conditions affecting patients. In many cases, this chronic condition does not respond to home remedies or medication and is best treated with a surgical procedure. During the procedure, nasal polyps and tissue will be removed to allow the sinuses to drain regularly.
Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Surgery)
The septum is the wall that separates the nostrils. If the septum is not straight, it can make breathing difficult and lead to other complications. We offer surgery to correct and straighten the septum, allowing patients to breathe more easily.
Nasal Turbinate Reduction
The turbinates are located along the sides of both nasal cavities and help heat and humidity the air coming through the nasal cavities. If the turbinates become swollen or infected, this can lead to discomfort or difficulty breathing. Nasal turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure to remove a portion of the turbinates to help make breathing through the nose more comfortable.
In-Office CT Imaging
Because they are inside the face, the sinuses can be difficult to examine. This can make it challenging for a provider to determine the cause of blockages and if one is present. Our staff can perform CT imaging to obtain photos of the sinuses, allowing providers to have a deeper understanding of your current condition.
ClariFix is a minimally-invasive treatment that is designed to reach the source of sinusitis. ClariFix is safe and clinically proven to provide lasting relief using cryotherapy, or cold therapy. Cryotherapy reduces stuffy nose symptoms by interrupting the messages to the nerves which tell the nose to swell and run.
ClariFix Cryotherapy treatments require a local or topical anesthetic. Once the anesthetic takes effect, an endoscope and the ClariFix device are gently placed into the back of your nose, the place where the imbalanced nerves are located. There will be slight discomfort and pressure as the cooling probe applies the cryotherapy. Your ClariFix procedure takes only a few minutes and requires minimal recovery.
VivAer is a device that is clinically proven to allow patients to breathe more easily using the power of temperature-controlled radiofrequency. VivAer treatments open your nasal airways and gently remodel your tissues.
During your VivAer treatment, a narrow device will be gently placed in your nose where it eases open the tissue inside the nasal valve. The device then applies temperature-controlled radiofrequency, which helps improve airflow and opens your nasal airways. Your VivAer treatments allow better airflow for breathing and improve your quality of sleep. No downtime period is required after your treatments; you can return to your usual activities right away.
The RhinAer procedure utilizes a device equipped with a small, flexible tube that emits low-temperature radiofrequency energy. This energy is used to disrupt the nerve fibers that trigger a stuffy, runny nose. During your RhinAer, your doctor will gently maneuver the small tube into the nasal passageway through a nostril. The tube treats the nerve fibers with radiofrequency energy which causes them to stop sending signals which trigger congestion and runny nose.
With a 96% success rate in improving the symptoms of patients, the RhinAer procedure is highly effective. It requires no downtime and allows patients to return to their typical activities and routines on the same day.
Why Choose SFENTA?
SFENTA was founded over 30 years ago to help patients find relief from their ENT concerns. Our experienced providers have specialized knowledge of the sinuses and their connection to your ears and nose to help accurately evaluate and treat your condition.
Certain sinus conditions may also require surgery, which can be performed at SFENTA. Our providers will be able to work with you on each stage of your sinus treatment, from diagnosis to recovery and everything in between. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
The nose is an area of the body that contains many tiny blood vessels or arterioles that can break easily. In the United States, one in every seven people will develop a nosebleed sometime in their lifetime. Nosebleeds can occur at any age but are most common in children aged 2-10 years and adults aged 50-80 years. Nosebleeds are divided into two types, depending on whether the bleeding is coming from the front or back of the nose.
What is an Anterior Nosebleed?
Most nosebleeds or epistaxes begin in the lower part of the septum, the semi-rigid wall that separates the two nostrils of the nose. The septum contains blood vessels that can be broken by a blow to the nose or the edge of a sharp fingernail. Nosebleed coming from the front of the nose or anterior nosebleeds often begin with a flow of blood out one nostril when the patient is sitting or standing.
Anterior nosebleeds are common in dry climates or during the winter months when dry, heated indoor air dehydrates the nasal membranes. Dryness may result in crusting, cracking, and bleeding. This can be prevented by placing a light coating of petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment on the end of a fingertip and then rubbing it inside the nose, especially on the middle portion of the nose (the septum).
How to stop an Anterior Nosebleed?
- Stay calm, or help a young child stay calm. A person who is agitated may bleed more profusely than someone who’s been reassured and supported.
- Keep head higher than the level of the heart. Sit up.
- Lean slightly forward so the blood won’t drain in the back of the throat.
- Using the thumb and index finger, pinch all the soft parts of the nose or place a cotton ball soaked with Afrin, Neo-Synephrine, or Dura-Vent spray into the nostril and apply pressure. The area where pressure should be applied is located between the end of the nose and the hard, bony ridge that forms the bridge of the nose. Do not pack the inside of the nose with gauze or cotton.
- Apply ice—crushed in a plastic bag or washcloth—to nose and cheeks.
Hold the position for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding, hold it again for an additional 10 minutes.
What is a Posterior Nosebleed?
More rarely, a nosebleed can begin high and deep within the nose and flow down the back of the mouth and throat even if the patient is sitting or standing.
Obviously, when lying down, even anterior (front of nasal cavity) nosebleeds may seem to flow toward the back of the throat especially if coughing or blowing the nose. It is important to try to make the distinction between the anterior and posterior nosebleed, since posterior nosebleeds are often more severe and almost always require a physician’s care. Posterior nosebleeds are more likely to occur in older people, persons with high blood pressure, and in cases of injury to the nose or face.
What are the Causes of Recurring Nosebleeds?
- Allergies, infections, or dryness that cause itching and lead to picking of the nose.
- Vigorous nose blowing that ruptures superficial blood vessels.
- Clotting disorders that run in families or are due to medications.
- Drugs (such as anticoagulants or anti-inflammatories).
- Fractures of the nose or the base of the skull. Head injuries that cause nosebleeds should be regarded seriously.
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, a disorder involving a blood vessel growth similar to a birthmark in the back of the nose.
- Tumors, both malignant and nonmalignant, have to be considered, particularly in older patients or smokers.
When Should an Otolaryngologist be Consulted?
If frequent nosebleeds are a problem, it is important to consult an otolaryngologist. An ear, nose, and throat specialist will carefully examine the nose using an endoscope, a tube with a light for seeing inside the nose, prior to making a treatment recommendation. Two of the most common treatments are cautery and packing the nose. Cautery is a technique in which the blood vessel is burned with an electric current, silver nitrate, or a laser. Sometimes, a doctor may just pack the nose with a special gauze or an inflatable latex balloon to put pressure on the blood vessel.
Tips to Prevent a Nosebleed
- Keep the lining of the nose moist by gently applying a light coating of petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment with a cotton swab three times daily, including at bedtime. Commonly used products include Bacitracin, A and D Ointment, Eucerin, Polysporin, and Vaseline.
- Keep children’s fingernails short to discourage nose-picking.
- Counteract the effects of dry air by using a humidifier.
- Use a saline nasal spray to moisten dry nasal membranes.
- Quit smoking. Smoking dries out the nose and irritates it. Tips to prevent rebleeding after initial bleeding has stopped.
- Do not pick or blow nose.
- Do not strain or bend down to lift anything heavy.
- Keep head higher than the heart.
If rebleeding occurs:
- Attempt to clear nose of all blood clots.
- Spray nose four times in the bleeding nostril(s) with a decongestant spray such as Afrin or Neo-Synephrine.
- Repeat the steps to stop an anterior nosebleed.
- Call a doctor if bleeding persists after 30 minutes or if a nosebleed occurs after an injury to the head.