WVU Sinus and Allergy Center
The WVU Sinus and Allergy Center works with children and adults who have complicated cases of sinus disease and sinus related problems.
Our team includes:
- Ear nose and throat doctors
- Infectious disease specialists
These specialists work together to assess and evaluate your problem to find the right treatment for your sinus problems.
The Sinus and Allergy Center team handles sinusitis in patients who may have:
- Abnormalities of the sinuses
- Cystic fibrosis
- Immunoglobulin deficiencies
Treatments provided include:
Allergies can cause a runny nose, sneezing, itching, coughing, and even asthma. If you have an allergy, you may be sensitive to more than one thing. Airborne substances that often cause reactions include:
- dust mites
- mold spores
- pet dander
Most of the time, allergies just make you feel bad, but a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis is life-threatening.
WVU Medicine Health Report: Anaphylaxis
We use either skin or blood tests to determine what is causing your airborne allergy. Several medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, help decrease or eliminate the symptoms of allergies.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive surgical tool for treating chronic sinusitis. This technology uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty makes sinus surgery safer and recovery time faster.
WVU Medicine has this technology, and our otolaryngologists have the advanced training to perform balloon sinuplasty.
Balloon sinuplasty has numerous benefits:
- It restores the natural drainage patterns in the nose and sinuses.
- There are no external incisions.
- It usually is performed as outpatient surgery.
The addition of computer-assisted sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty makes the WVU Sinus Center one of the most advanced centers in the country for performing surgery on the sinuses.
Sinuplasty: Pain-free sinus relief
Dr. Hassan Ramadan explains balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive surgical tool for treating chronic sinusitis. The technology uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty makes sinus surgery safer and recovery time faster.
To learn more about balloon sinuplasty, visit balloonsinuplasty.com.
The symptoms of chronic sinusitis (sinusitis that comes back often or never seems to really go away) may be vague, making the condition hard to diagnose.
Symptoms of chronic sinusitis can vary from mild headaches around the eyes and yellow to green phlegm in the throat to severe facial pain, headache, yellow-green nasal discharge, nasal congestion, chronic throat drainage, sore throat, and cough.
Antibiotics are the main treatment for sinusitis. In acute, uncomplicated sinusitis, antibiotics combined with decongestants are effective in most cases.
Our doctors have the tools to diagnose chronic sinusitis accurately and treat it effectively. CT scans of the sinuses provide a more detailed view than standard sinus x-rays. Endoscopes (rigid fiber-optic instruments the size of a straw) are used to examine inside the nose.
When antibiotic treatment fails or when complications develop, surgery may be the answer. WVU offers the latest in minimally invasive surgery, balloon sinuplasty. Balloon sinuplasty uses a tiny inflating balloon to expand blocked passageways in the sinuses. The technique is virtually painless, allowing patients who have had the procedure to return to their daily routines with little to no discomfort.