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OTC Treatments vs. Minimally Invasive Surgery
Almost 30 million Americans are diagnosed with sinusitis each year. Many use temporary treatments for quick relief from the constant sniffling and congestion, making over-the-counter (OTC) sinus and allergy medications an $18 billion annual industry.
Comparatively, 164 million Americans reported struggling with sleep at least one night a week. Financial reports reveal that loss of sleep is enough to encourage an individual to purchase sleep aids — even if it is just one night a week. By 2020 it is estimated that Americans will spend upwards of $52 billion on sleep aids and remedies annually.
That’s a lot of money for a lifetime of medicating. Especially when there are safer, more effective alternatives available.
Here are 4 reasons why minimally invasive surgery is safer and more effective than OTC treatments.
1. Saves Time & Money
If you routinely use OTC sinus and allergy or snoring and sleep treatments (or both) then you likely frequent your local pharmacy multiple times every few weeks. Calculate that over the course of a few years and you have a serious expenditure — one that won’t go away unless you pursue quality treatment from an expert physician.
Instead of investing your time and money on temporary solutions, consider a minimally invasive surgical intervention. One treatment could completely alleviate your dependency on OTC treatments.
2. Dependency & Tolerance
The more a patient uses OTC treatments, such as sleep aids and nasal sprays the more they become dependent on these solutions to treat their symptoms. Over time, patients will build up a tolerance to these treatments. When that happens, some will shop around for alternative solutions and start the cycle all over. This does not help. Rather than spending every day medicating, book a consultation with Dr. Mandel. After a full diagnosis of your specific condition, he can provide permanent relief with a minimally invasive procedure, with many treatments performed in mere minutes.
3. Worsening of Conditions
Repeated use of temporary solutions to treat sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, sleep apnea, and other conditions can also lead to a worsening of symptoms. By postponing permanent medical treatment, a patient may eventually experience new or more severe symptoms and even the onset of a more serious condition. For instance, patients who treat allergy symptoms with an over-the-counter nasal spray can be at risk of contracting a sinus infection. The best way to avoid this is to consult a licensed physician and treat your condition before your symptoms spiral out of control.
You can take the Symptoms Quiz on the homepage of our website to gain a better understanding of your potential condition.
If you are stuck in a cycle of constantly medicating then you are at the mercy of your symptoms. If severe enough, your condition may cause you to miss work, family events, and weekend outings. This can add unnecessary stress to your life and limit where you can travel and how you enjoy your life. A minimally invasive surgical intervention at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center can open a doorway of possibilities that OTC treatments could never offer.
Book an appointment with Dr. Mandel today to see if surgery is right for you.