St. Augustine physician treats chronic allergies and sinusitis with minimally invasive procedure
St. Augustine, Fla. – April 2, 2014 – Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, and one of the leading physicians in northeast Florida who performs the specialized Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure, is treating an increased number of patients during the current high pollen count season. The springtime pollens come from trees, flowers and grass and can produce a yellow coating on surfaces that causes health issues for many individuals in northeast Florida.
According to Dr. DePasquale, sinusitis or inflammation of the membrane lining the sinus, is one of the most common health problems in the United States. It significantly impacts 37 million individuals with impaired physical, functional, and emotional quality of life. Patients can suffer from headaches, facial discomfort, nasal congestion, nasal drainage, loss of the sense of smell, and a general feeling of illness or sickness, to name a few. Dr. DePasquale is providing relief with a renowned minimally invasive treatment which is performed as an outpatient procedure at her St. Augustine office.
“Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to a few treatment options such as medical therapy with antibiotics and topical nasal steroids or conventional surgery like functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS),” said Dr. DePasquale. “We are treating both adults and children with chronic sinusitis and performing the Balloon Sinuplasty dilation procedure quite successfully,” she said.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure with endoscopic technology and durable tools and equipment that accomplish the same results as traditional surgery without the requirements of an incision. Specifically, a small tube is inserted into and guided along the nasal cavity until the source of the blockage is determined. Then, a smaller catheter glides along the walls of the cavity and inflates to open the passageway with a new opening that is resilient and long-lasting.
“Our patients’ experience with the treatment is greatly enhanced. They come see us, are treated, and go home the same day,” said Dr. DePasquale. “Normally, we’ll see allergy sufferers and sinus patients who are really stuffy and sneezing uncontrollably and coughing, sometimes with sore throats and congestion, among others. They are really uncomfortable.” But, as the pollen count continues to increase, Dr. DePasquale says there are signs to look for to indicate that allergies may be developing into a serious infection. “Usually if the symptoms don’t improve or they’re prolonged, if they start running a fever, increased sinus pressure, facial pressure, drainage starts turning yellow greenish, then they probably should be evaluated by a doctor,” she said.
Dr. DePasquale added that over-the-counter medications will work for some people, but others will require prescription-strength drugs. “If it looks like the illness has developed into an infection, of course antibiotics are good. There are prescription antihistamines we can use as well. There are some nasal sprays that are antihistamines which we also recommend,” she said. For more information, call 904.461.6060. Visit the websites at www.saent.net and www.avantimedspa.net.
Dr. DePasquale is the founding physician at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC and Avanti Medical Spa, LLC. She has been practicing as a specialist in ear, nose and throat (ENT) medicine since 2003 and is Board Certified in Otolaryngology. Dr. DePasquale is focused on the complexities of the head and neck anatomy, medicine and surgery for patients of all ages. The practice is located at 1301 Plantation Island Drive S., Suite 401 in St. Augustine with a satellite office at Flagler Multi-Specialty Care at the Shoppes at Murabella, 52 Tuscan Way, Suite 203 in northwest St. Johns County.