By Northwest Sinus Center
January 19, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Nasal Polyps  

How your rhinologist in Bend, OR can help with nasal polyps.

Do you have problems breathing through your nose? Do you suffer frequent nasal congestion or chronic sinus infections? If so, you could be suffering from nasal polyps.

So, what are nasal polyps? They are benign growths of tissue attached to the walls of your nasal passages. The good news is, you can get relief from your rhinologist. Dr. Ryan Gallivan is an ENT specialist and rhinologist at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR. He can treat your nasal polyps to help you breathe better.

You are at greater risk of developing nasal polyps if you have:

  • Allergies or asthma
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Fungal sinusitis
  • Cystic fibrosis

Even if you have any of the conditions listed above, you can still do a lot to prevent the formation of nasal polyps. It’s important to:

  • Seek out treatment for allergies and asthma so you can minimize sinus and nasal passage inflammation
  • Stay away from allergens, fumes, dust, and tobacco smoke
  • Wash your hands several times each day to avoid transmitting bacteria or viruses into your nasal passages
  • Place a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist and help avoid nasal irritation
  • Irrigate your nasal passages and sinuses with saline solution to keep nasal passages clear

There are several effective ways your rhinologist can treat nasal polyps, including:

  • Oral or injectable corticosteroids and corticosteroid nasal spray to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Antihistamine medication to relieve inflammation due to allergies
  • Antibiotics to kill bacteria associated with sinus infections

Endoscopic surgery may be indicated for larger nasal polyps that don’t respond to medications. Dr. Gallivan can discuss whether this treatment is appropriate for you.

You deserve to breathe freely and treating nasal polyps will help. To find out more about treating nasal polyps and other ear, nose, and throat services, talk with your ENT specialist. Call Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR. at (855) 746-8700 today.

By Northwest Sinus Center
December 23, 2020
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Rhinology  

At the Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, Oregon, ENT doctor Ryan Gallivan diagnoses a multitude of illnesses and conditions related to the nose and sinuses. That's because Dr. Gallivan is one of only a few ENTs in the country who are certified in rhinology, a subspecialty of medicine that we'll be discussing today.

Rhinology definition

Rhinology is a specialty within the concentration of otolaryngology, the study of the ear, nose, and throat. Rhinologists, the doctors within this specialty, have narrowed down their focus to one specific area - the nasal cavity and the sinuses at the front and sides of the face, and the base of the skull.

Anatomy of rhinology

As we discussed above, rhinologists have focused their area of expertise on the nasal cavity, the sinuses, and the base of the skull, but what does that mean?

The nasal cavity, as you might have guessed, starts at the nostrils and travels upwards and then back to meet the throat. It includes the septum, the section of cartilage that divides the nose into two passages, the space inside the nose, and the tissues it's lined with.

The sinus cavities are made up of 4 separate pairs of hollow areas in the skull. The sinuses just below the eyes (maxillary sinuses) are the largest, with both about an inch across. There are also smaller sinuses near the bridge of the nose (ethmoid sinuses), above the eyes (frontal sinuses), and between the ears and the eyes (sphenoid sinuses).

Situated closely to the sinuses are very important structures and organs such as the brain, the optic nerves, and the tiny bones inside the ears, which is why rhinologists like Dr. Gallivan in Bend require such advanced training and certification.

If you have chronic sinus problems, a rhinology professional like Dr. Ryan Gallivan is whom you need to contact. Call the Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, Oregon to learn more. We can be reached at (855) 746-8700.

By Northwest Sinus Center
December 14, 2020
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Rhinosinusitis  

Rhinosinusitis, commonly known as sinusitis, can be acute or chronic, depending on how long it persists. Acute rhinosinusitis typically persists for as long as one month, while chronic rhinosinusitis could persist for multiple months, even years. Likewise, if you experience severe acute rhinosinusitis attacks in one year, you may have recurrent rhinosinusitis.

However, it’s difficult to predict who’ll develop chronic rhinosinusitis. In this light, it’s best to learn about this condition’s symptoms and possible treatments so you can be prepared for your consultation with Dr. Ryan Gallivan here at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR.

The Symptoms of Rhinosinusitis

When your sinuses are constantly inflamed, they will become clogged. In turn, they will continue producing mucus and accumulating mucus that will result in:

  • Swelling that leads to facial pain and headaches
  • Mucus buildup that leads to congestion
  • Increased production of white blood cells for fighting bacteria that, in turn, leads to thickened and greenish or yellowish mucus

You may also have reduced taste or smell, tooth pain, bad breath, fullness in your ears, fever, and cough.

Acute Rhinosinusitis Basics

This usually begins with a minor cold, which is viral in nature, so antibiotics won’t be needed. However, when the cold progresses into rhinosinusitis, this means that the clogged nasal passages have caused a secondary bacterial infection that may require antibiotic treatment. Rarely, particularly in immune-compromised individuals, rhinosinusitis could be due to a fungal infection.

If doing home remedies, including inhaling steam, warm compresses, OTC pain relievers, and saline nasal sprays, for a week, fail to alleviate your symptoms, check in with your ENT doctor in Bend, OR. If you’re diagnosed with rhinosinusitis, you may need an antibiotic, particularly if conservative drainage methods are not helping

Chronic Rhinosinusitis Basics

If your symptoms keep coming back or linger, you might have chronic rhinosinusitis. Your ENT doctor will inspect your nasal cavity through an endoscope and recommend a CT scan so that he can thoroughly look for possible causes of blockage. Bacterial cultures as well as allergy and blood tests may likewise be required.

You may be prescribed decongestants and/or anti-allergy medications as well as nasal steroid sprays to counter inflammation, clear your nasal passages, and keep your mucus loose. Depending on your specific symptoms, you may be prescribed a mucus-thinning agent such as guaifenesin as well.

In some cases, chronic rhinosinusitis is caused by something anatomical like a deviated septum, nasal polyps, thickened tissue due to recurrent infections, or narrowed nasal passages. If any of these apply to you, minimally invasive surgery might be necessary to minimize the severity and instances of your attacks and restore your normal sinus function.

Need Relief From Rhinosinusitis? We Can Help.

Call (855) 746-8700 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center here in Bend, OR, today.

By Northwest Sinus Center
July 21, 2020
Category: ENT Procedures

Sinusitis is a painful ordeal if it persists. Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Bend OR provides his patients with treatment options, including balloon sinuplasty at Northwest Sinus Center for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis.

What is sinusitis?

It is the inflammation or swelling of the sinus tissue lining when it becomes blocked and filled with fluid and germs. People suffer from sinus blockage because of a common cold, allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps, and a deviated septum.

There are different types of sinusitis: acute sinusitis which starts with cold-like symptoms, like a runny nose; recurrent sinusitis, which happens several times a year; and chronic sinusitis, which is when inflammation symptoms last 12 weeks or longer. For chronic and long-term problems with sinusitis, we recommend Balloon Sinuplasty in Bend.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty Bend?

Dr. Gallinvan performs Balloon Sinuplasty at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend OR when patients don't respond well to medications and need relief from uncomfortable and painful symptoms.

Balloon Sinuplasty is when your doctor opens inflamed sinuses, and inserts a small inflatable catheter into sinuses to unblock passages. The flexible balloon catheter facilitates drainage of mucus buildup. The sinus balloon widens sinus walls without damaging sinus lining.

This is not an invasive surgical procedure since it does not include the removal of bone or tissue from the nose.

Balloon Sinuplasty Bend Recovery

Patients can drive themselves home about 15 minutes after the procedure if they weren't given a sedative and can go back to regular activities within a couple of days.

Some post-procedural care includes elevating your head while sleeping to ease congestion, taking prescribed steroids or antibiotics to reduce the risk of an infection developing and pain alleviation.

Don't blow your nose for about 24 hours after the treatment and moderate exercise. Doctors recommend avoiding strenuous activity for a minimum of one week and rinsing nasal passages with saline spray 3-to-7 days after surgery.

Do you need to speak with your doctor?

For more information about Balloon Sinuplasty, call Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center in Bend OR at (855) 746-8700!

By Northwest Sinus Center
May 12, 2020
Category: Sinus Issues
Tags: Sinus Infections  

Can't shake that cold? Maybe it's really sinusitis, an acute or chronic inflammation of the lining of the sinuses. At Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, Dr. Ryan Gallivan is an expert in sinus treatment. You can conquer this fatiguing condition and feel much better.

What are the sinuses?

The sinuses are air-filled bony passages inside your skull. They are lined with soft mucus membranes which filter, warm and moisturize the air you breathe. Also, your sinuses influence the sound of your voice and both lighten and strengthen your skull.

What is a sinus infection?

Sinuses are prone to bacterial and viral infection. Allergens, such as pollen, mold, and pet dander irritate them. Some people's sinuses are obstructed by benign nasal polyps or structural problems such as a deviated nasal septum.

Symptoms of this lingering malady include:

  • Facial pain and pressure across the forehead, behind and under the eyes and in the teeth
  • Fever
  • Malaise and fatigue
  • Nasal congestion and post-nasal drip
  • Ear ache
  • Cough

Sinus treatment

In his Bend, OR, office, Dr. Gallivan examines the nasal passages with a small, lighted endoscope. He may perform low-dose CT scan imaging as well. He asks about symptoms, their duration, and what may aggravate or relieve them.

For bacterial infections, the doctor usually prescribes antibiotics, but symptoms must persist for seven to 10 days or more. Viral infections do not respond to this medication. In either case, these palliative measures help until the infection runs its course:

  1. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain and fever
  2. Nasal decongestant sprays or oral medications
  3. Ample hydration
  4. Saline irrigation with a Neti pot
  5. Room humidification (or take advantage of the steam in a hot shower or bath)
  6. Warm compresses to the face

For sinus infections related to nasal obstructions, Dr. Gallivan may advise Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, or FESS or balloon sinuplasty to open mechanically obstructed nasal passages. These minimally invasive surgeries are performed right at Northwest Sinus Center with excellent results and only mild discomfort.

Preventing sinus problems

The Cleveland Clinic says that smoking irritates the sinuses and should be avoided. Here's what you should do to keep your sinuses as healthy as possible"

  • Blow your nose gently, one nostril at a time
  • Avoid your allergy triggers
  • Wash your hands
  • Eat a healthy diet to keep your immune system strong

Contact us

At Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, Dr. Ryan Gallivan is a premier rhinologist who delivers the best in patient outcomes. If you're suffering with your sinuses, let him and his capable team help. You can feel much better. Call the office team for a consultation: (855) 746-8700.

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