By Northwest Sinus Center
May 20, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Your ENT specialist in Bend, OR, can help you feel better when you have a sinus infection.

A sinus infection can make you miserable. The headaches, facial pain, and sinus pressure can make it difficult to get on with your day. The good news is, your ear, nose, and throat specialist knows just what to do to relieve your sinus infection. Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, offers a wide range of ear, nose, and throat services, including treatment for sinus infections. He can help you feel better, fast!

You can get a sinus infection from a virus, fungus, or bacteria. They can also be the result of chronic allergies, nasal polyps, or even a dental infection in your upper teeth.

To prevent sinus infections, it’s important to:

  • Wash your hands several times each day
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, mouth, and face to keep bacteria levels low
  • Place a humidifier in your bedroom to moisten the air
  • Irrigate your sinuses with saline solution

So, how do you know if you have a sinus infection? You may experience:

  • Pain in your upper teeth, jaw, nose, or forehead
  • Continuous throbbing pain in your sinuses
  • Congestion and difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Yellowish-green discharge coming from your nose
  • Severe headaches or earaches
  • Chronic coughing and a sore throat

If you notice these signs or symptoms, you need to visit your ENT specialist. Professional treatment for your sinus infection may include:

  • Antibiotic therapy to eliminate underlying bacteria
  • Decongestants and antihistamines to help open your sinuses
  • Corticosteroids to reduce swelling in your sinuses and nasal passages
  • Allergy testing if your sinus infection is caused by allergies
  • Allergy treatment including shots or sublingual immunotherapy

You don’t have to suffer from a sinus infection. Get some relief by visiting your ENT specialist. To find out more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of sinus infections, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, at (855) 746-8700 now and feel better!

By Northwest Sinus Center
April 16, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Find the best approach for treating your sinus infection, whether acute or chronic.

Have you been dealing with the same pesky symptoms like nasal congestion, facial pressure, headaches, and a sore throat for days, or even weeks? If a sinus infection has you stopped in your tracks, it’s time to fight back. With spring approaching, more and more people are turning to their Bend, OR, ENT doctor Dr. Ryan Gallivan, for sinus infection treatment.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out if your symptoms are indicative of the common cold or a sinus infection. Here are the most common symptoms of a sinus infection:

  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lack of smell
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion

You may also experience a fever, bad breath, fatigue, and even upper dental pain.

Treating Acute Sinus Infections

Most acute forms can be treated with self-care measures including taking non-prescription decongestants to manage the symptoms. However, be sure to never take over-the-counter medications for longer than what is recommended. Be sure to check your medication labels beforehand.

It’s also important to play it safe when it comes to your health. If you are noticing any symptoms that are particularly concerning or distressing, then it’s time to turn to your Bend, OR, ENT doctor for sinus infection treatment. It’s time to see your doctor if:

  • Your symptoms do not improve after a couple of days of self-treatment
  • You experience pain in your upper teeth or around your eyelids
  • Your headache doesn’t go away, even with medication
  • You have a fever over 101 degrees F
  • Nasal discharge is yellow or green
  • You don’t see an improvement in your symptoms after a couple of days of taking antibiotics

Treating Chronic Sinus Infections

Chronic sinus infections can be a little more challenging to address. Dr. Gallivan and his team at Northwest Sinus Center can provide you with a more customized and aggressive treatment plan. Some of the ways in which we might treat chronic cases of sinusitis include:

  • Steroid nasal sprays
  • Nasal irrigation solutions 
  • Steroid medications injected or taken orally
  • Antibiotics if the infection is bacterial
  • Allergy shot if allergies are playing a role in your chronic sinus infection
  • Balloon sinuplasty as a nonsurgical way to open up blocked nasal passages
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery if non-surgical options haven’t provided relief

If you’re dealing with recurring, persistent, or severe sinus infections here in Bend, OR, and you’re looking for treatment, then you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Gallivan and his team at Northwest Sinus Center make it easy for anyone to get the treatment and relief they need right away. Call us at (855) 746-8700 to schedule an immediate appointment.

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.

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