Nose and Sinus Disorders
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Nose and sinus disorders—including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and nasal polyps—are common. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to live with. These conditions can cause challenging symptoms, including:
- Facial pain
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Loss of smell (anosmia)
- Persistent nasal congestion
- Trouble breathing
If your symptoms make it hard to sleep or get through the day, turn to University of Iowa Health Care.
Our rhinologists (doctors who specialize in nasal and sinus disease) have helped countless people find relief from chronic or seasonal problems—even when previous treatments haven’t worked.
We also have the experience it takes to distinguish rare or life-threatening conditions, such as cancerous sinus tumors, from less serious conditions like sinus infections.
The full range of nose and sinus treatments
Because our rhinologists take care of both common and complex conditions, they can prescribe, perform, or coordinate any treatment you might need.
We offer the latest nonsurgical therapies to help you control your symptoms and feel better. These include:
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy)
- Nasal irrigation
- Nasal sprays
- Sinus flush
UI Health Care also offers minimally invasive and traditional surgery options for people who need a higher level of care. These include:
- Balloon sinuplasty: A minimally invasive procedure that widens the opening of a sinus cavity, so it can drain properly.
- Endoscopic skull base surgery: This technique lets us remove certain skull base tumors, including sinus tumors, through the nose.
- Endoscopic sinus surgery: We can fix several sinus problems without making any visible surgical incisions. For example, we can remove nasal polyps, straighten a deviated septum, or shrink the size of your turbinates (structures in your nose that warm and moisturize inhaled air) from within the nose.
A team approach to nose and sinus care
Serious or complex nasal and sinus disorders often require advanced care from other providers.
Unlike smaller clinics that may only offer routine nose and sinus care, we’re home to a large team of medical and surgical specialists.
If you need treatments that your rhinologist can’t provide, they’ll promptly refer you to the right UI Health Care expert. Our team includes:
Allergy and immunology specialists who treat people with a wide range of allergies. You may need to see an immunologist if your sinusitis is triggered by allergies, or if certain allergens cause problems throughout your body (such as nasal congestion and esophagus inflammation).
Head and neck cancer specialists who help coordinate chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other treatments for cancerous nasal or sinus tumors.
Ophthalmologists who partner with our head and neck surgeons to perform a type of surgery called orbital decompression. This procedure, which creates more space in the eye socket, helps relieve excess eye pressure caused by sinus tumors or other conditions.
Skull base surgeons who can safely remove tumors that grow in the skull base, or the area behind your eyes and nose. Our skull base surgery team includes experienced otolaryngologists and neurosurgeons.
Nose and sinus disorders tests and treatments
- Allergy testing
- Aspirin desensitization
- Balloon sinuplasty
- Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak repair
- CT scan
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
- MRI scan
- Nasal endoscopy
- Nasal irrigation
- Nasal spray
- Nasopharyngeal culture (nasal swab)
- Orbital decompression
- Seasonal allergy testing
- Sinus culture
- Sinus flush
- Sinus surgery
- Turbinate reduction
Nose and sinus disorders conditions treated
- Allergic rhinitis
- Anosmia (loss of smell)
- Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)
- Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
- Deviated septum
- Fungal sinusitis
- Hay fever
- Nasal allergies
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal obstruction
- Nasal polyps
- Nasal tumor
- Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC)
- Nosebleed (epistaxis)
- Seasonal allergies
- Sinus headache
- Sinus infection (sinusitis)
- Sinus tumor
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