There are at least three classes of treatment currently available over the counter at most major pharmacies. One class of treatment is mucolytics. These thin your mucous and improve your sinus health by breaking up thick mucous so that it can leave your sinuses. Another class of treatment that can be very effective is oral anti-histamines. These come in non-drowsy form, have few side effects and can dramatically improve the effects of inflammation in your sinuses if taken for an adequate length of time. Ask your pharmacist for recommendations regarding these medications.
Finally, one of the most effective treatments for chronic sinus symptoms is not a medication at all. Saline nasal spray or salt-water irrigations can be both beneficial and cost-effective in the management of your condition. To improve your health, these treatments physically remove the things that are causing inflammation and infection in your sinuses.
Your doctor or specialist will initially try innovative medical management in an attempt to improve your symptoms. These medications include antibiotics different than you may have been on in the past and also include entirely new classes of medications that treat the source of your chronic condition – inflammation.
There are now new and effective strategies that use combinations of topical nasal steroid sprays (Fluticasone, Veramyst, Nasonex), new topical anti-histamine sprays (Patanase) and new generations of oral anti-histamines to dramatically reduce the triggers of inflammation in your sinuses. Daily use of these medications can begin to improve your symptoms in as little as three weeks.
No one should suffer with chronic sinus infections any more.
You may ask your family physician for a referral. Direct appointments are also welcome.
-Facial pressure and pain
-Congestion or stuffy nose
-Thick, yellow-green nasal discharge
-Pain in the upper teeth
YOU MAY BE A CANDIDATE FOR BALLOON SINUPLASTY
37 Million Americans are affected by chronic sinus problems. In the Midwest, as many as 1 in 5 people have complaints of chronic sinusitis. Numerous studies have shown how this one health problem can cause a significant impact on your quality of life, work performance and personal finances. Until recently chronic sinusitis was treated medically with a variety of medications to help eradicate infection and control inflammation. As many as 10% of patients failed this medical therapy and were left with one option... INVASIVE SINUS SURGERY. This surgery had the benefits of improving disease in some patients, however these patients had to endure the risk of experiencing significant bleeding, nasal packing, multiple nasal debridements and pain. Unfortunately, traditional sinus surgery also placed them OFF WORK FOR ONE TO TWO WEEKS.
Now there is a new option to traditional sinus surgery. FDA approved in 2004 for the treatment of chronic sinusitis, BALLOON SINUPLASTY offers a minimally invasive alternative to all previous techniques. It is the first truly innovative approach to treating chronic sinusitis in the last 20 years and it offers many advantages over traditional techniques.
BALLOON SINUPLASTY is minimally invasive. It does not destroy normal tissue. It gently remodels your anatomy to help restore normal function. It does not require packing under normal situations. It has been rigorously studied in multiple peer reviewed journals and it has been shown to be effective. Best of all many people can RETURN TO WORK IN ONE TO TWO DAYS.
Do you want to end the suffering brought on by chronic sinus problems? Call Dr. Bichey for an appointment today or conveniently schedule online by contacting us through indiansinuscenters.com.
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, IN, 2002-2006
- Training for medical treatment of diseases of the head and neck.
- Specialty surgical training in otology and neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck cancer surgery, facial plastic surgery, allergy treatment and endoscopic nasal and sinus surgery.
General Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN, 2001
- General surgical training in pediatric and adult patients as well as intensive care and trauma experience in level I trauma center.
MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1999
MPH, Masters in Public Health - Epidemiology and Administration, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2001
NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 1999-2001
Bachelor of Science - Finance, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1994
Licenses & Certifications
- State of Indiana Medical License. Expires June 30, 2013
- Board Certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
- American Medical Association
- American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery