Toss the Tissues

You Can Get Instant Relief for Sinusitis

The outdoors can be miserable for people with chronic sinusitis. For instant relief, consider balloon sinuplasty. This minimally invasive procedure involves gently inserting and inflating a small balloon to unblock and drain nasal passages.

“It takes about an hour in the office, but the actual procedure is about 15 minutes,” said Aaron Robinson, MD, CHI Health Otolaryngologist.

Balloon sinuplasty is FDA-approved, considered extremely effective and often covered by insurance.

“It’s for anybody who’s on antibiotics three to four times a year, has headaches, face pain, pain in your teeth or jaw, and nothing has improved it, or if you have a CT scan showing an issue with sinuses,” said Dr. Robinson.

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Self-Care Tip

“Use a saline rinse and a neti pot to rinse out the allergens and mucous and give sinuses a chance to heal,” Dr. Robinson said. “Try it in the shower.”


Aaron Robinson, MD

Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat)