By Northwest Sinus Center
April 26, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: sinus headache  

Headaches can be caused by various issues, and if you’re someone that has dealt with sinusitis and sinus infections in the past, there’s a chance that you may have dealt with a sinus headache. Often, a sinus headache is what makes the distinction that you’re dealing with sinus issues in the first place. Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, can explain how to treat your sinus headache and relieve the pain you may be experiencing because of it.

Treating Your Sinus Headache

When you’re dealing with a sinus headache, you may also deal with swelling near your eyes and pain around your eyes and upper teeth. You may feel like you want to lay down and relax, but that can often exacerbate the issue and make things worse. There are many ways that you can treat a sinus headache at home without the use of prescription medications.

Treating a sinus headache is about making sure that your sinuses are properly draining and stopping further swelling and inflammation from occurring. You can create a more humid environment by letting your shower run and breathing in the steam or by using a humidifier to add moisture to the air. You can also alternate hot and cold compresses to help open up the sinus and alleviate pain.

Over-the-counter medications can also help reduce some of the pain you’re experiencing and can help with drainage. If your sinus headache is severe, your ENT doctor in Bend, OR, may need to prescribe an antibiotic to help get rid of infection.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today

Don’t live with the pain of a sinus headache! Contact Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, to find out how you can treat your sinus headache and live more comfortably. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (855) 746-8700.

By Northwest Sinus Center
April 25, 2022
Category: ENT

Are you worried that you may have a sinus infection? Your Bend, OR, ear, nose, and throat (ENT), doctor, Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center, offers several sinus infection treatment options that will relieve sinus pain and pressure.

Sinus infections signs and symptoms

When your sinuses are inflamed and infected, you may experience these symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Pain and pressure in your forehead and around your eyes
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Pain in upper teeth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Morning nausea due to post-nasal drip
  • Fatigue

Treating sinus infections

Although sinus infections can go away on their own, it's best to call the Bend, OR, sinus center for sinus infection treatment if your symptoms don't improve in a week to 10 days or you have severe symptoms. During your visit, your ENT may recommend one or more of these treatments:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Anti-inflammatory medication decreases pain and swelling in your sinuses.
  • Decongestants: These drugs reduce mucus, making it easier to breathe.
  • Nasal Irrigation: Saline sprays, Neti pots and other nasal irrigation devices remove mucus, improve drainage and help reduce congestion.
  • Steroid Medication: You may need steroid medication if you have severe inflammation in your sinuses. Your doctor may recommend a nasal steroid spray or prescribe oral medication.
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics usually to be routinely prescribed for sinus infections, but doctors prefer a "wait and see" approach these days to prevent antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are only needed if you have a bacterial sinus infection.
  • Allergy Treatment: If you get sinus infections often, allergies may be to blame. Keeping your allergies under control with medication may reduce the number of sinus infections you get.
  • Surgery: Most people don't need surgery for sinus issues, but it may be the best option if you have chronic sinus infections that don't respond to other treatments. During surgery, your doctor can remove mucus and enlarge sinus openings for better drainage.

Do you need sinus infection treatment? Call your ENT in Bend, OR, Dr. Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center, at (855) 746-8700 to schedule your appointment.

By Northwest Sinus Center
February 09, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Rhinosinusitis  

When you’re dealing with inflammation of the mucous membrane, this is known as rhinosinusitis. There are two different types of rhinosinusitis that you may deal with at some point. There is allergic and non-allergic rhinosinusitis. It’s important that you can spot the symptoms of this issue and be able to tell them apart so that you know what you’re dealing with and how it can be treated. Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, can help you identify the symptoms of rhinosinusitis and help with treating your symptoms.

Symptoms of Rhinosinusitis

There are a few symptoms that you should be aware of with rhinosinusitis and your ENT doctor in Bend, OR, can help you with identifying these. Some common symptoms that are associated with both types of rhinosinusitis include:

● Runny nose
● Congestion
● Sneezing
● Greenish-yellowish discharge
● Facial pain
● Blockages in the nose
● Skin redness

The main difference between the two forms of rhinosinusitis is that one is triggered by specific allergens and the other is not. Allergic rhinosinusitis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a specific allergen and causes you to feel sick while it tries to flush the allergen out. This is when a runny nose or congestion can occur.

With non-allergic rhinosinusitis, it can be triggered by smoke, strong odors, a deviated septum, or an infection. The symptoms will be very similar but are just not caused by a specific allergen attacking your system. It can also be caused by a blockage in the nasal cavity.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

Don’t let this condition take over your life and go untreated. Contact Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, to start treating your rhinosinusitis and to learn more about the symptoms so that you can be prepared. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment at (855) 746-8700.

By Northwest Sinus Center
January 25, 2022
Category: ENT Procedures
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

If you have recurrent or chronic sinusitis, you might consider a balloon sinuplasty in Bend, OR at the Northwest Sinus Center. Dr. Ryan Gallivan and our team are ready to answer your questions about this minimally-invasive procedure and how it can provide you permanent relief from your sinus problems.

A Closer Look At Balloon Sinuplasty

If you suffer from sinus problems or are prone to sinus infections and other treatments fail to provide relief, a non-invasive procedure called a balloon sinuplasty in Bend, OR can help. At the Northwest Sinus Center, Dr. Gallivan uses this procedure to open dilated sinuses using a small balloon. The doctor carefully inserts a small balloon into your nasal passages to provide permanent relief from chronic sinus problems.

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you can tolerate a local anesthetic, suffer from consistent mild to severe sinus problems, and don't have nasal tumors or polyps, you're a good candidate for this procedure. In most cases, the doctor performs the procedure on adults, but there are cases where children respond to the treatment when other treatments don't work.

How Does It Work?

Dr. Gallivan threads a guidance wire with a small balloon attached through your nasal passage into your nasal cavity. Once the balloon is secure, the doctor inflates the balloon to allow for easy draining of your sinus cavity. The procedure doesn't require the doctor to cut open any skin, and in most cases, you can quickly return to your daily life.


You may experience short-term, mild discomfort in and around your nose. Over-the-counter medicines usually alleviate the discomfort, and you should be back to normal within a few days. Some patients experience drainage from their nasal passages that have a little blood in them or are slightly discolored. Dr. Gallivan may prescribe a saline rinse with or without medication to flush out debris and mucus to prevent infection while you heal.

Unlike many procedures that require doctors to open your nasal cavity, this treatment doesn't leave any visible bruising or scarring, and in most instances, the doctor performs the procedure in the office. You may experience some congestion while you recover, but it usually clears up within a few days.

Discover the benefits of balloon sinuplasty in Bend, OR when you schedule a consultation with Dr. Gallivan and our team at the Northwest Sinus Center by calling (855) 746-8700 today.

By Northwest Sinus Center
January 13, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

The combination of pain and pressure makes sinus headaches particularly unpleasant. If sinus headaches are a frequent problem for you, your ENT doctor in Bend, OR, Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center, can offer treatments that will relieve your pain.

Sinus headache causes

Colds and other upper respiratory infections swell and inflame your sinuses. When this happens, mucus production also increases. If the thick mucus prevents your nose from draining properly, pressure increases in your sinuses, triggering headaches. Although the headaches often go away on their own, they can become a chronic, painful problem for some people.

In addition to illnesses, other sinus headache causes include:

● Increased mucus production due to allergies
● Obstacles, such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum, that interfere with drainage
● Viral, bacterial, or fungal sinus infections

Sinus headache symptoms

Sinus headache pain usually affects the forehead and the areas around your eyes and nose. Bending down to pick up a dropped pen or any activity that involves lowering your head increases pain and pressure. In addition to pain and pressure, you may also notice:

● A Toothache: Sinus-related tooth pain prompts many people to assume they have a new cavity. Although tooth decay certainly could be the cause, inflammation in your sinuses can irritate roots in your upper teeth, triggering pain.
● Congestion: A stuffy nose may accompany your headache. When you blow your nose, you may see thick mucus that looks green or yellow.
● Post-Nasal Drip: Although you might not notice the problem as much during the day, post-nasal drip can make sleeping uncomfortable. You may wake yourself up coughing or might choke on the thick mucus in your throat. Morning nausea caused by the accumulation of mucus in your stomach can also be a problem.

It's normal to feel more tired than usual when you have a sinus infection. Some people also develop fevers, chills, and facial swelling.

Treating sinus headaches

Luckily, you can do a few things at home to relieve your pain. Over-the-counter pain medications, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, decrease both pain and inflammation, while decongestants relieve congestion. Nasal rinses can help wash away mucus while using a humidifier to moisten the air can improve your comfort.

If your sinus headache symptoms continue more than a few weeks or are severe, your Bend, OR, ENT may recommend prescription medications, including decongestants, corticosteroids, or antibiotics. Treating underlying conditions, like allergies and nasal polyps, may help you reduce the number of sinus headaches you get.

Are you struggling with sinus headaches? Your Bend, OR, ENT doctor, Dr. Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center, can help. Call him at (855) 746-8700 to schedule your appointment.

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