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New York, New York - June 7, 2010

Millions of Americans have chronic sinus disease. Now new research finds that a minimally invasive surgery is a safe and effective way to treat kids who suffer.

Constant sinus infections would stop Perri Konecky in her tracks.

"I was having runny nose and my throat was hurting me, and I was getting a lot of pressure right in here and bad headaches," she said.

The 18-year-old had chronic sinusitis.

"10 different spray, none really worked," she said.

So six months ago, Perri had a balloon sinuplasty to get relief. A recent study finds it can be a safe and effective way to treat children. Under general anesthesia, a catheter is inserted into the nose. A balloon is inflated to open the sinus so it has an outlet to drain and keeps it that way permanently.

"It does appear that the sinuses stayed open, and the children had a 90% improvement," said Dr. Dr. Lisa Liberatore an otolaryngologist.

20 million people suffer from chronic sinus disease that can get even worse during allergy season. But treating severe cases in children with surgery can be tough.

"When we think of children, we're particularly concerned because their facial bones are still growing," said Liberatore.

A study of 32 children, as young as 2-years-old shows this minimally invasive procedure can help them breathe easier. It worked for Perri.

"Nothing even close to, compared to what I was experiencing before," she said.

And that's cleared the way for her to be more active as she heads off to college this fall.

For ways to help your kids avoid sinusitis in the first place click on the link provided - http://www.allergyconsumerreview.com/chronic-sinusitis.html

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