Dr. Leatherman is a nationally recognized leader in the management of allergic disorders affecting the nose, sinuses, and eyes.  He regularly teaches at national allergy meeting venues, participates in sinus and allergy related research, and has served on the leadership / Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy for 12 years.  Dr. Leatherman brings his enthusiasm for staying on the cutting edge of sinus and allergy disorder management to his patients at the Coastal Sinus and Allergy Center in Gulfport, MS.

Allergy Management

Allergy Testing for nasal, sinus and eye allergies
    -Skin Testing
    -Blood Testing

Food Allergy Testing
    -Skin Testing
    -Blood Testing

Penicillin Allergy Testing
    -Most people who have been told they are allergic to
     penicillin antibiotics are actually not truly allergic and are
     unneccesarily restricted from use of these effective and
     often less expensive antibiotics! Simple allergy testing is
      available to find out for sure.
     -Injection immunotherapy
     -Sublingual Immunotherapy (Drops under the tongue)


Medical Treatment of Sinus Disorders

Comprehensive evaluation and management of frequent and ongoing (chronic) sinus infections.  Dr. Leatherman is focused on management of sinus problems with nasal hygeine techniques, allergy management, and medications, but offers expert surgical management when necessary.
Surgical Treatment of Sinus Disorders

When medical management fails to sufficiently control sinus and nasal symptoms, surgical methods are often helpful.  Dr. Leatherman performs highly specialized procedures to improve recurring or chronic sinusitis, correct a deviated nasal septum, remove obstructing polyps, and other procedures to help provide relief from bothersome symptoms
Sinus Surgery Techniques

    -Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
    -Balloon Sinus Procedures
    -Computer-assisted image guidance sinus surgery
    -Correction of deviated nasal septums (Septoplasty)
    -Reduction of enlarged nasal turbinates
    -Endoscopic Dacrocystorhinostomy (Endoscopic DCR)

If medications don't work to help ease symptoms, Dr. Leatherman can perform a procedure called a septoplasty.

Septoplasty, or septal reconstruction, is a procedure meant to straighten the deviated cartilage within the septum. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 25 - 45 minutes. Septoplasty is performed entirely through the nose, and leave no external scars or brusing after the surgery.

Recovery Time
Patients generally need to remain home from work for five to seven days after the surgery. For patients who work from home or do mostly desk work, it is normal to return to work within three or four days.

Patients usually notice a significant improvement in their breathing after surgery. Symptoms such as snoring, chronic nosebleeds, and headaches are significantly reduced.
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