Innovative Relief For Runny Noses | Living Healthy Chicago

Innovative Relief For Runny Noses | Living Healthy Chicago


of medical innovations is that they can often help
make a big difference in improving someone’s
quality of life. And that’s exactly the
case for the technology we’re gonna talk about today. Jackie’s learning
about a procedure that’s helping bring relief
from chronic nasal symptoms. (light music) – Hey, guys. It’s Jackie, and I am
here today with Dr. Batra. And we are talking about
a form of cryotherapy that’s bringing a lot of relief for people who suffer
from chronic runny noses. So, doctor, tell me
a bit about this. – Sure, so as you know, allergic
and non-allergic rhinitis are very common conditions. They affect about 60
million Americans. The two symptoms that seem
to bother patients the most and what we have the
hardest time correcting with medications are
the nasal congestion and also the rhinorrhea. The rhinorrhea is medical
term for nasal discharge. So those are the two symptoms that we can really
target very effectively with this new device,
which is called ClariFix. It’s essentially a long probe,
and we numb up the nose and, using a telescope to visualize
the back of the nose, and we can target a key
area where these nerves live that are overactive, cause the congestion
and the runny nose, and essentially we’re
just freezing those nerves so they’re not as overactive. – How soon will
patients see results after they have the procedure? – It does take a few weeks for the procedure
to be effective, to really reach its maximal
effect, if you will. And the data has now gone out to a full year showing
sustained relief. – [Jackie] And that has
to bring a lot of relief to patients who,
maybe in the past, have used sprays or pills. This is quite a different
alternative to that. – Absolutely. For the subset of patients that
don’t respond to all of that or perhaps don’t want
to take four medications on a daily basis, then
this can be an adjunct to try to help improve
their symptoms. – [Jackie] Why is this such an important
innovation in medicine? – We can actually
do it in the office, and it’s actually much
quicker recovery for patients. The actual freezing part
takes 30 seconds on each side, so it’s relatively quick. There’s no cutting of tissue, so the risk of nasal
bleeding is low. And it’s generally been very
well tolerated by our patients. Patients can have something done and be back at work perhaps
that afternoon or the next day. (upbeat music) – [Jackie] The procedure was definitely a win
for Carmen Garcia. – Everybody should do this. (laughs) Anybody who’s suffering because
it’s, like, life-changing. It really is.
It’s life-changing. – [Jackie] Prior to it, Carmen had struggle with
nasal symptoms for years. – So what was really
frustrating was I had the, like, constant runny nose,
like, always stuffy, always sneezing,
always blowing my nose. Couldn’t sleep. Would wake up like I felt
like I wasn’t breathing. Tossing and turning, so
it affected everything. – [Jackie] After
struggling for so long, she was eager to find relief. – I was so frustrated, so I made an appointment
with Dr. Batra. We came up with a plan. He was very clear. He’s like, “I’m not gonna
get rid of your allergies, “but just it will help
with, like, the runny nose “and the stuffiness.” – We did discuss
the idea of surgery which she’s been
contemplating for many years. – [Jackie] Dr. Batra
performed the procedure and fixed Carmen’s
deviated septum. Post surgery, the
changes were drastic. (upbeat music) – I’m glad I did it. I saw the difference. It’s like night and day. I was sleeping better. I wasn’t waking up in
the middle of the night. I just felt it. I feel like I can breathe. So as long as I continue to
do, like, the nasal flushes and take my allergy
medication, I’m fine. I blow my nose once
or twice a day now. – [Jackie] She hopes her
experience will encourage others to ask their doctors
about options if they struggle with
similar symptoms. – It’s helped me. I’m happier. I feel like I’m more active. It really is. It’s life-changing. I should’ve done
this a long time ago. I don’t know why I waited, but there’s something
out there that can help. – [Jackie] For more
innovations in medicine, just head to our website,
livinghealthytv.com. (title zooms)

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