The best sinuses and ear care products are on the market, but what’s the most affordable sinus care?
The answer could lie in your budget, according to Dr. Michael B. Wigler, chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
Dr. WIGLER, who co-authored a recent study on the best ear products, said the top 10 most affordable are all ear and sinus products, including:Otolarygics – Abrasive ear plugs that are used for removing ear infections and other conditions, which cost $80-$100 per month in some markets, but can be had for as little as $20 per month on Amazon.com.
It’s also available in a few countries, including Germany, and in Europe.
EtroSciences – A sinus plug that can be used for cleaning the sinuses for up to six weeks for $150 per month.
The plug is also available online in Europe, where the device is available at less than $100 per week.
Dr. Andrew Bresnahan, chief of sinus surgery at the Ohio Health Care System, which operates some of the country’s largest hospitals, told NBC News that the cost of the otolarygenics could depend on where you live.
“We’re seeing it as more of a cost-effective option in certain areas, but it is not an option for everyone,” he said.
Bresnahans colleague, Dr. Eric J. Fenn, an otolist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, also says that he would not recommend the plug.
“It is not the best option for someone with a small ear canal, but I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone who has a small sinus,” he told NBC.
In an editorial, the Journal of the American Otorhinolarythroscopy Association (JOA) says it is the “most effective” option for people who don’t have a sinus or whose sinuses are small.
In a news release, the JOA also calls the ear plug a “dynamic product” that “provides a great seal to the ear canal and prevents fluid from leaking out of the ear.”
While there is no official data on the cost, the authors of the JLA news release estimate that the average cost for a sinuogram is about $500.
If you live in a city with good public transportation, that figure might be even lower.
However, the news release notes that, due to the high cost of sinuses, some doctors are choosing to wait for surgery before prescribing the ear plugs.
While Dr. Wigeon is optimistic that the plugs will be a good choice, he says there is always a chance that the product will fail.
For Dr. Joga, it’s not that simple.
“You’re dealing with an extremely small area of the sinus, and the amount of fluid that you have in there is a function of the volume of the air in the sinum, not the size of the head,” he explained.
“If the air gets too big, it will get into the sinuocervical canal, and if the sinoderm gets too small, it can block it from moving.”
Dr Wigeot, who has worked in the field for 30 years, said that the plug will likely fail in about 20% of patients with a narrow-head, deep-throat sinus.
“If you don’t get a good fit, you can get a small pinprick or a small bump in the ear, and that could cause a blockage of the blood flow in the middle ear, which can cause a lot of discomfort,” he added.