Sinus & Allergies

Black Creek Medical Consultants

Aesthetics, Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Hartsville, SC & Cheraw, SC

If your nose runs or feels stopped up, you may have a sinus infection known as sinusitis that could be complicated by allergies. Expert otolaryngologist Dr. Orville Dyce diagnoses and treats sinus conditions, sinus infections, and allergies with a variety of effective therapies, including noninvasive XpreESS™ balloon sinuplasty. Women, men, and children who think they may have a sinus condition can contact Black Creek Medical Consultants in Hartsville, South Carolina, for treatment. Book an appointment online, or contact Dr. Dyce by phoning his knowledgeable Black Creek Medical Consultants staff.

Sinus & Allergies Q & A

What are sinuses?

Your sinuses are cavities in the bones that lie between your eyes and behind your nose, forehead, and cheeks. Normal, healthy sinuses are filled with air.

Your sinuses are lined with tissues that produce mucus. The mucus traps bacteria, allergens, and other microorganisms to protect your body. When you’re healthy, the mucus drains away without your noticing.


What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis occurs when the tissues in your sinus become inflamed due to infection or allergies. The mucus in your sinuses becomes thicker, may stuff your nose, or may drip into the back of your throat, creating an unpleasant taste and sensation known as postnasal drip. You also may have trouble breathing.

Other symptoms include:

  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Bad breath
  • Green or yellow mucus
  • Fever
  • Snoring and other sleep problems
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Wheezing or coughing

You can have sinusitis once (acute sinusitis), many small attacks (recurrent sinusitis), or have symptoms that last for 12 weeks or more (chronic sinusitis).


Who is at risk for sinusitis?

Anyone can get sinusitis because it often develops as the result of coming down with a common cold. You’re more likely to get sinusitis if you have:

  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps
  • Small sinuses
  • Compromised immune system

If you have sinusitis, call Dr. Dyce for evaluation and treatment.


How do otolaryngologists treat diagnose and treat sinusitis?

As an ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Dyce stays up-to-date with medical trends and technology. Black Creek Consultants offers in-office diagnostic tools, including ultrasound studies and image guidance.

After evaluating your sinus condition and possible causes, Dr. Dyce recommends noninvasive therapies to clear your sinuses and get you breathing again. Depending on your needs, some helpful treatments include:

  • Antibiotics or antifungals to resolve infections
  • Antihistamines or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
  • Saline washes to irrigate sinus
  • Decongestant sprays (don’t use for more than three days)
  • Medications to control allergies
  • Allergen-elimination diet

If you have severe or chronic sinusitis, Dr. Dyce recommends an in-office, nonsurgical procedure called balloon sinuplasty.


What is balloon sinuplasty?

In XprESS balloon sinus dilation, Dr. Dyce gently inserts a tiny balloon in your sinus. Once the balloon is in place, he inflates it to push back inflamed tissue. After your sinuses are open, you breathe freely again and should be able to sleep without waking at night.

Keep your sinuses clear and healthy by contacting Dr. Dyce. Call his knowledgeable staff, or book a sinus consultation online.

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