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By: Sammuel P.
Associated Coastal ENT
Dr. Richards is incredibly approachable and friendly. I've been in treatment with her for the last nine months and my sinus problems is so far an unbearable condition of the past. I hadn't been able to breathe due to my sinusitis, but she gave me several choices of treatment with their chances of success, one of them a surgery, which I chose... Have been six months now and I haven't used Afrin or any other allergy medications and can breathe better than I remember in years.
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By: Lorren S.
Associated Coastal ENT
Coastal ENT staff is always helpful and courteous. Dr. Christopher Slack is an excellent and caring doctor with outstanding credentials He is thorough and explains everything in detail. My wife and I have seen him many times and have always been pleased with the outcome.
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By: Josh D.
Associated Coastal ENT
Thanks Doctor Richards for curing my perennial sinus infections. After my surgery (2 months ago) I can breathe through both nostrils and it is a beautiful relief I never thought was possible! She and all the staff at Coastal ENT are super professional and caring :)
By: Steven K.
Associated Coastal ENT
Went last month for an infection in my ear. Did see a doctor Michele L. Richards and she was extremely helpful when it comes to answering questions or any concerns and so far everything is going well with that.
Tips & Advices
Balloon sinuplasty, or BSP, is a treatment for people with chronic or recurrent sinusitis. It's a safe, noninvasive and highly effective procedure that is becoming more common among ENTs. To perform BSP, the doctor inserts a small, flexible catheter into the sinus passageway. Next, the catheter is expanded, as like a balloon, to open up the cavity and allow built-up mucus to drain. This also widens the sinus cavity and restructures it to discourage further blockage after the procedure is completed. Then, a saline solution is sprayed into the cavity to wash out any remaining pus or mucus. Finally, the balloon is removed. Most patients find they experience fewer sinus-related symptoms and little to no device-related complications following the procedure.
For basic cases, a decongestant or saline nasal wash can treat sinusitis. A doctor can prescribe these or recommend an over-the-counter remedy. If the sinusitis persists for more than three days, further treatment should be sought. In other cases, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics or steroids. These often are taken over the course of 10 days to two weeks. Warm, moist air, such as that created by a vaporizer or a bowl of hot water, may also treat chronic sinusitis.
Pressure in the ears, also called ear barotrauma, is caused by blockage in the Eustachian tube, which spans from the rear of the nasal cavity to the middle of the ear space. Ear barotrauma is most commonly caused by altitude changes, as in plane rides, scuba diving, or hiking or driving through the mountains.
There are many causes of hoarseness. Common causes include:
  • Acute laryngitis
  • Smoking
  • Excessive use or strain on the vocal chords
Tonsils are two soft, small tissue masses located at the back of the throat. They are a part of the lymphatic system, which helps fight infections, though tonsils don't seem to play a large role in this process. Recurrent tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils), which can be caused by strep throat or other infections, could mean having them removed.

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