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What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes blocked due to this swelling, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to recurrent sinus infections and painful symptoms. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting longer than 12 weeks. When sinus symptoms either last longer than 12 weeks, or if you experience more than 4 sinus infections each year, you should see an ENT doctor to discuss treatment options.

What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and allergies or colds?

Sinusitis is often preceded by a cold or allergy attack. Colds and allergies can lead to inflamed sinuses, causing the sinus openings to become blocked. This prevents normal mucus drainage and can result in sinusitis.

What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?

Common symptoms of both acute and chronic sinusitis include: (1)

  • Facial pain
  • Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
  • Sinus pressure or congestion
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Sinus Headache
  • Yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat from nasal discharge
  • Bad breath

What types of doctors treat chronic sinusitis?

Many types of physicians including general and family practice physicians, pediatricians, and allergists may prescribe medication for sinusitis. However, if you have chronic sinusitis or if your symptoms do not improve with medication, you may be referred to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor, or Otolaryngologist, who can discuss additional options to treat your chronic sinusitis.

What is the CLEAR Sinus Procedure®?

The CLEAR Sinus Procedure® is a groundbreaking, minimally invasive, in-office procedure to treat chronic sinusitis. A small balloon catheter is used to dilate each sinus cavity. This procedure locates, dilates and irrigates the targeted sinus cavities allowing relief from nasal congestion, sinus headaches, facial pressure, and fatigue. Dr. Raja’s CLEAR Sinus Procedure® utilizes the latest technology to irrigate the sinus cavity while simultaneously dilating the cavity. The irrigation solution developed by Dr. Raja is composed of all natural Argentyn silver supplements. In conjunction with the procedure and unique irrigation composition, small delayed release, dual platform; dissolvable medicated stents are placed for maximum comfort and long-term relief.

What can I expect for results from the CLEAR Sinus Procedure®?

The long term benefits are breathing clearly, minimal to no sinus infections, decrease in nasal congestion headaches and fatigue, and a significant reduction in the usage of nasal sprays and antibiotics.

How will I feel after the CLEAR Sinus Procedure®?

Immediately after the CLEAR Sinus Procedure® you may experience slight nasal congestion and pressure. These are typically mild and you are able to resume normal activities the following day.

Is the CLEAR Sinus Procedure® permanent or temporary?

Permanent! The CLEAR Sinus Procedure® permanently opens the natural outflow tract in each sinus cavity; allowing drainage and relief from built up pressure. This will greatly reduce the amount of sinus infections and recurrence of previous symptoms.

How do I know if the CLEAR Sinus Procedure® is right for me?

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms the CLEAR Sinus Procedure® may be right for you; sinus headaches, congestion, facial pain and pressure, chronic sinusitis, fatigue, and snoring. If you have tried multiple rounds of antibiotics and your symptoms keep coming back you may also be a candidate.

What is the process to see if I am a candidate for the CLEAR Sinus Procedure®?

If you have sinus congestion, chronic sinusitis, facial pain and/or pressure, and suffer from sinus headaches you may be a candidate. First contact Dr. Raja to schedule an examination and consultation. If Dr. Raja determines that the CLEAR Sinus Procedure® is right for you, we can schedule your CLEAR Sinus Procedure®.


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