Category: Sinus Info

Balloon Friday

Many offices have casual Friday – jeans, golf shirts – no ties or coats, and many knock off early to start their weekend. Fridays at ENT & Audiology Associates could not be more different. Morning is devoted to a full clinic where many outpatient ENT and audiology needs are met. In the afternoon the audiologists are seeing hearing aid patients, while the nursing staff and Dr Holmes transition from clinic visits to preparing for Friday afternoon ENT & Audiology BALLOON SINUPLASTY. Yesterday four patients kissed their sinus problems good bye. They took an oral sedative, had local topical anesthetic cotton pledgets placed carefully and delicately in their nose, and with nasal endoscopy using small scopes had sinus catheter balloons widen the openings to their maxillary and frontal sinuses. Minimal discomfort, no bruising, no packing. Beats the Hell out of going to the OR. And cost savings for the patients is amazing – no facility fees or anesthesia bills. On average our patients save about $6000 by having their sinus issues addressed with in office balloon sinuplasty vs going to the OR. About one hour after walking in they were treated and wheeled out to their car (they could have walked, but we provide cadillac TLC treatment), on the path to a new life free of sinus pressure, headaches, and sinus infections.
It’s a great afternoon!!!

5 Ways to Fight Sinus Infections

Men’s Health recently published this article on 5 Ways to Fight Sinus Infections.  See the content below!


Winter is prime time for sinus infections. You’re more apt to get colds and allergies, which make your nasal passages swell, trapping mucus and allowing bacteria to fester, says Jeffrey Terrell, M.D, a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Michigan.

How can you tell if your case of the sniffles has turned into a sinus infection? For starters, you’ll feel pressure around your forehead, nose, and eyes. You’ll also see green, yellow, or white mucus when you blow your nose, says Patrick Shinners, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at the Mayo Clinic.

Since a virus or cold is usually the culprit of a sinus infection, antibiotics won’t work because they only kill bacteria. That means you could be left to wait out your symptoms for a month or more. But you can at least speed up the process by taking steps to reduce swelling and encourage mucus to drain, Dr. Shinners says.

Here are five super-easy ways to expedite recovery and feel a little more comfortable while your immune system does its thing.

1. Hit the Showers

Inhaling steam in a hot shower will help open up your sinuses and loosen the crusty snot trapped inside, Dr. Shinners says. Take a rinse in the morning and evening to relieve pressure and breathe easier.

2. Use a Humidifier

Breathing humid air will help prevent the buildup of thick, dried gunk in your nose that allows bacteria to thrive, says Dr. Terrell. He recommends setting up a humidifier in your home or office and leaving it on all day. We like Honeywell’s HCM-350 model, which boasts 99.9 percent germ-free mist. ($55.19,

3. Drink Up

Drinking six to eight glasses of water every day can thin your mucus, helping it drain better, Dr. Shinners says.

4. Rinse Your Sinuses 

You can flush the gunk out your nasal cavity and reduce swelling with tools like neti pots or bulb syringes, Dr. Shinners says. Rinse two to three times per day, and make sure you use distilled or sterile water.

5. Rest Your Head

This may be the easiest remedy of all: Simply resting your head on your desk could help clear symptoms, recent Chinese research suggests. Twice a day for 20 minutes, study participants leaned forward in a chair, placing their heads on a flat surface. After 6 weeks, they had less congestion, sinus pressure, and postnasal drip than sinus infection sufferers who didn’t take the breaks. Tilting your head that way allows gravity to pull mucus out of your nasal passages, researchers say.  Additional reporting by Julie Stewart

Now, if your problems are still persisting, call Dr. Holmes for an appointment today.

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Got asthma? Control much better if sinusitis treated, allergy eliminated. We can do both.

Alternative to Risky Sinus Surgery

Sinus surgery for chronic infections can be risky, as explained in this WRAL TV video by Dr. Doug Holmes. Dr. Holmes, as you’ll see, recommends a simple same day procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty, which is far less invasive and less risky than past standard surgical approaches.

Rex Health “Beat Sinusitis”

Do you suffer from chronic sinus discomfort with no relief using medication? This video describes a new procedure available at Rex Hospital called Balloon Sinuplasty; a less invasive outpatient procedure that avoids the need to pack the sinuses as in traditional surgery.

One Sinusitis Sufferers Story

Sinusitis affects some 37 million people annually and is more prevalent than heart disease and asthma.  There are medications to help with symptoms but 20% of patients do not respond favorably to them.  In this video, one chronic sinus infection sufferer tells her story of ongoing attempts and failures to cure her ongoing affliction until she found a remarkable new treatment that is far less invasive and risky than the standard recommended treatments for this condition.