Category Archives: Sinus

Why Can’t I Smell?

  This is a very timely subject because of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. A recently published article in the prestigious IFAR (International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology) journal concluded that smell and taste loss was reported in 68% of Covid-19 positive patients. Fortunately, about 74% of these patients recovered their sense of smell after resolution […]


Sudafed-a good treatment for my blocked nose?

  Is Sudafed a good treatment for my blocked nose?  Sudafed is a brand name for an oral decongestant that can contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine (Sudafed PE). Generally, pseudoephederine is a more potent decongestant and is available over-the-counter behind the pharmacy counter. These decongestants are taken by mouth, as opposed to topical decongestant nasal sprays […]


What Is Local Allergic Rhinitis?

What is Local Allergic Rhinitis (LAR)?       Local allergic rhinitis describes a phenoytpe in which the patient has symptoms characteristic of allergies. Symptoms usually include  nasal congestion, postnasal drainage, and excessive mucous production.  However, the patient’s allergy testing was negative. This means that the “allergen” could still be causing symptoms.  This in turn […]


Home Remedies For Colds and Sinusitis

Are there any home remedies for colds to help get over my cold quickly? This question is probably one of the most frequently asked in medicine. First, it’s important to understand that the common cold is indeed very common. Even healthy adults can expect to get 2-3 colds annually. A cold is a viral infection […]


Sinus and Nasal Rinsing

sinus and nasal rinsing- how helpful is it?   Sinus and nasal rinsing or lavage has actually been used since ancient times to treat sinus and nasal disease. However, only recently has research been presented to evaluate the benefits of using saline solution to clear nasal and sinus passages. First, saline acts as a mechanical […]


Topical Medications For Sinusitis

Topical Medications For Sinusitis   Use of topical medications for sinusitis or allergic rhinitis has been demonstrated to help manage symptoms and assist in clearing infection.  Initially, this included use of nasal sprays such as intranasal steroid sprays (Flonase, Nasacort).  However, more recently, physicians have found that the use of topical antibiotics delivered via nasal […]


Physician Education At Nevada Sinus Relief

Physician education at nevada sinus relief Dr. Ashley Sikand has been involved in educating his otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) physician colleagues for over a decade. Frequently, doctors  from throughout the United States visit while Dr. Sikand performs in office procedures. They discuss techniques including local anesthesia protocols and watch the balloon sinus dilation procedure. […]


When To Consider Sinus Surgery

When Is It Time To Consider Sinus Surgery? It is time to consider sinus or nasal surgery when medical treatment is insufficient to resolve symptoms. In general, those symptoms consist of nasal obstruction, sinus congestion, difficulty breathing through the nose, facial pressure and discomfort, as well as postnasal drainage. If the symptoms last for at […]


Nasal Valve Stenosis

nasal valve stenosis There are many causes of nasal congestion or blockage. Nasal valve collapse or stenosis is often an over looked and under diagnosed cause. Stenosis means abnormal narrowing of a passage in the body.  The nasal valve refers to the area inside the lower part of the nose between the nasal septum and […]


What are causes of snoring?

Not only can snoring be an issue for a sleep partner, it can also represent a health problem for a patient if it is associated with sleep disordered breathing including sleep apnea.  In the case of sleep disordered breathing, snoring may be a sign of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.  This can result in: […]