10 Reasons to See an Expert Sinus Doctor
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, sinus infections, nasal congestion, sinus headaches, or other causes of difficulty breathing, it’s time to visit an expert Sinus Doctor. Your general practitioner is undoubtedly incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in treating the overwhelming majority of illnesses they are presented with. But if you have recurring or ongoing sinus pressure, pain, or illness, it is time to visit a sinus specialist.
As one of the most respected and recognized Sinus Surgeons in California, Alen N. Cohen M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.R.S. is a Board-Certified ENT/Head & Neck Surgeon treating patients throughout Southern California.
Here are 10 reasons to schedule a consultation, with Los Angeles’ best sinus doctor and surgeon today.
- You get a sinus infection each year.
Acute sinusitis is the term for the condition where one develops facial pain along the sinuses, experiences infected discharge from the nasal cavities, and often presents with low-grade fevers. This disruptive and painful condition can last up to 4 weeks and still be termed acute sinusitis. As an expert sinus surgeon, Dr. Cohen will provide you with helpful tips for preventing future infections, as well as provide a thorough examination to ensure that there isn’t a blockage or other underlying issues causing your acute sinusitis.
- You suffer from Chronic Sinusitis
One sinus infection a year is more than anyone should have to deal with. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from Chronic Sinusitis which lasts more than 12 weeks and produces symptoms such as chronic sinus headaches, chronic nasal congestion and nasal discharge, sneezing, and difficulty smelling/tasting. If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, it’s time to see a sinus specialist to determine the cause, and begin to take steps towards a solution.
- You suffer from allergies
Anyone who has allergies knows just how disruptive they can be to your life. With runny, itchy nose/eyes, a scratchy/sore throat, a stuffed nose, and constant sneezing, allergies can definitely get in the way of your everyday life. Whether you suffer from year round or seasonal allergies, it’s time to visit a sinus surgeon. There are many ways to treat allergies, ranging from simple medications, to lifestyle/environmental changes to allergy shots.
- You have difficulty breathing
If you struggle to breathe, you need to see a sinus surgeon. The cause is likely an obstruction, possibly resulting from a deviated septum. However other obstructions (including polyps) may be to blame for your difficulty in breathing. An expert sinus surgeon will be able to identify the source of blockage, and provide you with options for treating or removing the blockage so you can breathe easy once again.
- You have suffered a broken nose
If you have suffered a broken nose, it is important to visit a top reviewed Southern California Sinus Specialist in order to ensure that the fracture (break) will not cause ongoing problems, including obstructing your airways. Dr. Cohen has both a Facial Plastics background, in addition to his specialty in Sinus Surgery, so he is able to provide cosmetic improvements while also correcting your nasal fracture.
- You suffer from sinus headaches
If you suffer from sinus headaches which do not respond to over the counter medication, you need to visit a Sinus Surgeon. The headaches are often treatable with prescription medication. However, in other cases you may have an obstruction that is responsible for the sinus headaches. If you do have an obstruction you may be a candidate for minimally invasive sinus surgery which can reduce the incidence of sinus headaches in the future.
- You suffer from Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is not something to ignore. This condition can prove fatal if not treated properly. Sleep apnea is the term for a condition wherein your breathing stops or gets very shallow while you are sleeping. Each pause in breathing typically lasts 10 to 20 seconds or more. These pauses can occur 20 to 30 times or more an hour. A lack of oxygen to the body is dangerous, and untreated sleep apnea can increase your chances of developing high blood pressure, and/or increase your chance of stroke. If you believe you suffer from sleep apnea, it is vital to see an expert sinus surgeon in Southern California immediately.
- You snore loudly
Loud snoring is often indicative of an obstruction, and may also be a symptom of sleep apnea. If you’ve been told that you snore loudly, or if you have woken yourself up from your own snoring, you should schedule an appointment with a Board Certified ENT immediately.
- You have had sinus surgery but have not gotten relief
If you’ve had sinus surgery in the past and are continuing to suffer from the same symptoms as before the surgery, or if you have new, more troubling symptoms, visit an expert sinus surgeon today. At the Southern California Sinus Institute, Dr. Cohen performs many revision sinus surgeries from patients who are unsatisfied with the results from a surgery performed by a different surgeon.
- You Want a Second Opinion
If you’ve been told by a doctor that you need sinus surgery, but you want to confirm that is the best course of treatment for your unique symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alen Cohen, who has received the 2015 Super Doctors Award in Southern California and was named a Top Doctor in Los Angeles, Selected By His Peers, in Los Angeles Magazine.
Considered the best sinus surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Alen Cohen is an expert at successfully treating patients through the use of minimally invasive techniques for the surgical management of nasal and sinus disorders. For patients in Southern California suffering from ENT problems, including thyroid and parathyroid diseases and head and neck tumors, Dr. Cohen will serve as an excellent resource for a treatment option. Contact us today if you would like to schedule an appointment with Premier Los Angeles ENT Dr. Alen Cohen, to discuss treatment options for your nasal or sinus problem.