This medical video looks into the new treatment of laser for people who suffer from severe allergies.
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Kathy McFarlane: I was severely congested. Had a lot of pressure, in my head, nose runny, eyes runny and itchy. Jennifer Matthews: This was Kathy McFarlane's problem -- swollen tissues inside her nose made it hard to breathe. Linda Potter knows that feeling too. Linda Potter: All of it drains downs into my chest, instead of being able to blow my nose. Jennifer Matthews: Linda hopes that will change. Surgeon Rajiv Pandit uses a powerful laser to shrink nasal tissues called turbinates. Rajiv Pandit: This is the tip that is going to be placed in the nose. The idea is to vaporize some of this tissue as well as to cause a heat injury that, over several weeks, will reduce the size of the turbinate through the body's own natural healing process. Jennifer Matthews: The procedure called laser sub-mucosal resection takes about 15 minutes, and results come quickly. Rajiv Pandit: People generally feel more alert both at home and on the job. People usually sleep better, so they're more refreshed. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Pandit says that's the case in about 70% of his patients. Kathy had the surgery and finally has relief. Kathy McFarlane: I have not had a single sinus infection since I had the laser turbinate surgery, so it's been a Godsend and an answer to many prayers. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.