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What is ClariFix?
ClariFix is an innovative, minimally-invasive treatment that uses cryotherapy to permanently reduce symptoms caused by chronic rhinitis.
Using freezing cold temperatures, ClariFix works to disable hyperactive or out-of-balance nerves in the nose that cause frequent inflammation, nasal congestion, a runny nose and post-nasal drip (mucus in the throat).
Why is ClariFix done?
Nasal sprays, drops and medications are the first line of treatment for chronic rhinitis. If these treatments are ineffective, ClariFix may be recommended by your ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist as a longer-term solution.
What does ClariFix involve?
ClariFix treatment is performed by an ENT specialist as an outpatient procedure.
Your specialist will numb the inside of your nose with a local anaesthetic before inserting a cooling device into the back of your nose.
Once the device is in place, a small amount of liquid nitrogen will be released to damage the overactive nerves without affecting the surrounding tissues. The device will be held in place for around 45 seconds in each nostril before being removed.
You might feel some mild pressure and a cool sensation in your nose and/or around your back teeth. This is completely normal and will usually stop when the treatment is finished. The treatment is not painful although some people may have an ‘ice-cream headache’ for a short period after the treatment.
Preparing for ClariFix
During your initial consultation, your ENT consultant will advise you on any steps you need to take before the procedure to make sure it goes smoothly and that your recovery is as straightforward as possible.
Recovering from ClariFix
A visit for ClariFix treatment takes around half an hour and you can go home or back to work straight after. It has a very minimal recovery time and your specialist will give you clear aftercare and recovery advice after your procedure.
Risks of ClariFix
Some patients report increased sensitivity, congestion, and mild discomfort during the healing process but this will lessen with time and disappear once you have healed completely.
It’s rare for other side effects to occur, but you should get in touch with your consultant after treatment if you have any facial pain, nose bleeds or headaches.
Specialist expertise: Ear, Nose and Throat, Rhinology, Loss of smell, Sinusitis, Hay fever, Rhinitis, Anosmia, Sinonasal Tumours, Sinus Surgery, Epistaxis, Nosebleeds, Nasal Polyps, Nasal Allergy, Nasal Obstruction, Turbinoplasty, Septal and Turbinate Surgery, Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy, Rhinoplasty, Balloon Sinuplasty, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery.