Dr. Paysinger discusses how to tell if you need to see a specialist

Sinuses Not Up to Snuff? How to Tell If You Need to See a Specialist Sinus disease is a major health problem nationwide and according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, it affects 31 million people in the United States. Every year, sinus disease is responsible for 16 million doctor visits as well as the sale of $150 million worth of prescription medication and $1 billion of …

Dr. Tab Thompson Discusses Chronic Rhinosinusitis

Chronic Rhinosinusitis-What is it? How do allergies contribute to it? How do you treat it? Chronic Rhino-sinusitis (CRS) describes a persistent swelling of the sinus and nasal pathways that prevents normal drainage, leading to a build-up of mucus, infection, and the painful symptoms associated with sinusitis. Over 30 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with at least one form of CRS and the disease is responsible for approximately …

Do I Have Fall Allergies or a Sinus Infection?

Fall brings with it cool breezes, vibrant leaves and perhaps even a little spiced cider. Sounds good…unless you’re the victim of pollen allergies. Also referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, these allergies affect about 30 million Americans and usually surge this time of year. The challenging part is, fall pollen allergies are often puzzled with sinus infections, and a misdiagnosis can lead to ineffective treatment. So how can …

What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is known to many individuals as hay fever. Researchers claim that nearly 50 million children and adults in the U.S. suffer from nasal allergies. There are two types of allergic rhinitis–seasonal and perennial. Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis appear during spring, summer, and early fall. The seasonal variety is triggered by allergies from pollen, grass, trees, or airborne mold spores. Some people experience nasal allergies year round, which …

Dr. Ben Paysinger Discusses the Balloon Sinus Dilation Procedure

If you feel you can’t breathe through your nose, it could be much more than a bad cold or allergies. March is Sinus Pain Awareness month. Dr. Ben Paysinger with The Sinus Center of South Carolina says that unlike allergies that can go away with a season change, some people deal with not being able to breathe for other reasons. The balloon sinus dilation procedure may be an option that …

Surviving Spring Sinus Problems

Spring often brings frequent changes in climate, leading to changes in barometric pressure. These changes in atmospheric pressure can intensely affect those who battle sinusitis. If you struggle with this condition, you probably have obstructed or more highly-congested sinus cavities. Abrupt drops in barometric pressure can lead to the swelling of the lining of your nasal passages, which can trigger a sinus headache. Considering that one of the key functions …