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Atlanta Snoring Institute Doctor Provides Expert Advice on Relief of Flu Symptoms and Prevention of Sinus Infection
Date:10/28/2009

infections, a condition also known as sinusitis.” Sinusitis is the irritation and swelling of the sinuses and nasal passages. A sinus infection can cause an intense headache or uncomfortable pressure around the eyes, nose, cheeks, and sides of the head and contribute to nasal obstruction.

"Often sinus infection will follow a cold, and the sinus will become inflamed,” he says. The doctor also noted that some are at a higher risk for sinus infection during cold and flu season. “People who are smokers and people who have allergies are more likely to get chronic sinus disease.”

The symptoms of a sinus infection can range from mildly irritating to severe enough to drastically affect one’s quality of life. “Sinus congestion which does not go away can cause recurring facial pains or headaches, discolored nasal discharges, and a decrease in the senses of smell and taste,” states Dr. Herman. Other symptoms, some of which are similar to flu symptoms, include cough, fever, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions.

If you are one of the 37 million Americans who suffer from sinus infection, the physicians of the Atlanta Snoring Institute recommend either medical or minimally invasive surgery treatment, such as balloon sinuplasty. Dr. Herman explains, “The balloon sinuplasty technique involves an outpatient surgical procedure, in which surgeons use a thin wire to thread a small balloon into the sinus cavity, and then inflate the balloon to open up the blocked passageway.

Dr. Howard Herman received his degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. His postgraduate career trainin
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