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Treating Your Sinus Problems

Nasal & sinus specialist Richard Orlandi, MD, with female patient
Richard Orlandi, MD, examines U of U Health patient.

Meet our expert sinus and nose specialists (rhinologists) for help with your sinus problems. We can diagnose your condition and provide routine and complex treatments.

Sinus Problem Symptoms

Sinus issues can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. That makes it all the more frustrating when we have sinus problems. Pay attention to these symptoms to know if you should visit a rhinologist:

  • Nasal blockage or congestion

  • Sinus pain or pressure

  • Runny nose or thick mucus

  • Nosebleeds

  • Nasal dryness

  • Loss of Smell

Conditions & Services

Anything from allergies to nasal polyps or a deviated septum may cause your nose or sinus condition. University of Utah ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists have the resources to relieve your symptoms and treat a wide variety of conditions: 

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What Are Your Sinuses?

Everyone has four pairs of sinus cavities (spaces) in their skull: the maxillary, ethmoid, sphenoid, and frontal sinuses. Your sinuses connect to the nasal passages in your nose. Your nose and sinuses are vital parts of your body that work together to help you stay healthy in a number of ways: 

  • Work with your immune system to prevent infection

  • Protect your face from injury 

  • Moisten and filter air going into your lungs 

  • Make your voice sound clear

Do I Need a Referral to See an ENT Specialist?

You do not need a referral to see one of our otolaryngologists. However, we highly recommend that you first schedule a visit with a primary care doctor, who can diagnose and treat many ear, nose, and throat conditions. He or she will also determine when you need the help of an ENT doctor and provide a referral.

Your insurance carrier may also require you to get an ENT referral from your primary care doctor in order to have your treatments covered. Before you visit one of our ENT specialists, ask your insurance provider about what is covered or required under your policy.

Our ENT doctors offer specialized care, so getting treatment at a primary care clinic or urgent care for minor ENT issues will allow our specialists to see patients who need them the most.

Why Choose University of Utah Health?

U of U Health ranks in the top 10 in the nation for quality health care and outpatient services. It's not a surprise. Our rhinologists work with other experts—from brain, eye, and cancer specialists—to give you the most advanced care. U of U Health attracts experts who advance their field, making our providers some of the best in Utah.

Working together in a rich, diverse clinical environment means our medical advances have a direct impact on your health. We engage in ongoing research that allows us to bring you cutting-edge treatments. U of U Health isn't satisfied with just offering you health care. We want to transform it.

Hear From Our Specialists

The Differences Between Allergic Rhinitis & Sinusitis

When you start sneezing and your nose starts running, is it allergies or a sinus infection? It can be difficult to distinguish the two, especially during the colder months.

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Does a Deviated Septum Need to Be Fixed?

Do you have trouble breathing from one, or both sides of your nose? You may have a deviated septum--a destruction of the nasal bone. It's not something you can see just from looking at your nose.

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How Will Sinus Surgery Help Me?

The idea of sinus surgery can seem intimidating, and you may wonder if surgery is a good decision for you. But surgery to correct your sinus problems can dramatically improve your quality of life.

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