Whether you suffer from chronic congestion, facial pressure, difficulty breathing through your nose, or a diminished sense of smell, Duke’s ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors can help. We offer advanced care for a range of sinus and nasal problems.
About Sinus and Nasal Disorders
Common Sinus and Nasal Disorders
Our ENTs can offer treatment to relieve:
- Chronic sinusitis (sinus inflammation), which is often accompanied by small, benign growths inside the nose or sinuses called nasal polyps
- Repeat sinus infections
- Nasal allergies
- Deviated septum (misalignment of the nasal wall)
More Complex Nasal and Sinus Conditions Treated by Sinus Specialists
In addition to treating more common sinus problems, Duke’s sinus specialists have advanced training and experience in treating rare and complicated conditions such as:
- Nasal or sinus tumors (types of skull base tumors)
- Sinusitis caused by autoimmune conditions such as sarcoidosis
- Cystic fibrosis, which can cause lifelong sinus problems
Our sinus specialists can recommend and perform surgeries that can bring you rapid relief and vastly improve your quality of life.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
An endoscope is passed through your nose to allow doctors to view your nasal passages, sinuses, and throat. It is performed with a local anesthetic and is virtually painless.
Allergy Skin Testing
Your skin is gently pricked and exposed to tiny amounts of various allergens (for example, mold, pollen, or pet dander). Raised or red bumps indicate which substances trigger your symptoms. Depending on your results, you may be eligible for immunotherapy, which consists of either allergy shots or oral tablets.
CT or MRI scans help ENT doctors visualize your internal nasal and sinus structures and check for swelling, infection, and other problems. These images can help your doctor determine the cause of your symptoms and which treatments will provide relief.
Why Choose Duke
We offer the latest nonsurgical therapies as well as highly effective, minimally invasive office procedures to safely clear clogged sinuses, heal chronic infection, and help you breathe easier. Several of the treatments we offer require advanced training and skill and are not widely available.
We use drug-eluting stents and implants to treat sinus and nasal disorders; balloon dilation of the sinuses; and stereotactic computer navigation for safe, precise, and thorough sinus surgery. We evaluate your needs and recommend the most effective treatment.
Experts with Advanced Training
Your care team includes ENT doctors and sinus specialists (ENT doctors with additional training in complex diseases of the nose and sinuses) who work closely with allergists, pulmonologists (doctors specializing in lung diseases), speech and voice therapists, and any other specialists across Duke Health that you may need. Our team approach leads to excellent outcomes.
Local and Regional Referral Center
People with complex sinus and nasal disorders are referred to Duke from far and wide. We provide treatment options that are not available everywhere, and we take pride in giving people the relief they need.
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.