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By Richard Nass, M.D
August 27, 2019
Category: ENT Treatments

How your sinus, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Manhattan, NY, can help with sinus problems

Sinus complications are uncomfortable, annoying, and very stubborn, as they often fail to respond to over-the-counter sinus medications. sinusitisFortunately, here at Dr. Richard Nass's Manhattan office, your ENT specialist can help you find relief from sinus problems—read on to learn how.

 

More about sinus issues and how we can help

Sinus complications often occur due to allergies. Producing symptoms such as a stuffy nose, dizziness, breathing problems, and recurrent headaches, allergic reactions are commonly caused by exposure to grass and flower pollens, pet dander, mold, and dust mites. To alleviate these issues, the first step is to perform an allergy test so as to determine what exactly you are allergic to.

Once you and your doctor have determined the source of your allergies, it’s best to try and avoid those substances. Other allergy treatments include shots and sublingual immunotherapy. Treating the underlying allergy can help prevent future sinus complications.

Other sinus complication can result from inflammations due to virus, fungus, or bacterial infection. In these cases, your sinuses can feel full of pressure and chronic, throbbing pain. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • A greenish-yellow fluid coming from your nose
  • Persistent coughing and congestion
  • Persistent earaches, headaches, or sore throat

If you are experiencing these issues, you can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from sinus problems. Consider:

  • Placing a humidifier in your bedroom to soothe your sinuses
  • Irrigating your sinuses with saline solution to keep nasal passages clear
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications

For stubborn sinus complications, it’s best to visit an expert ENT specialist. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Prescription-strength antihistamines, decongestants, or antibiotics
  • Prescription-strength corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Sinus surgery including balloon sinuplasty to open up blocked nasal passages

 

Need relief? Give us a call

If you are experiencing problems with your sinuses, it’s time to call Dr. Richard Nass, your ENT specialist in Manhattan, NY. Dial (212) 734-4515 now to schedule a consultation.

By Richard Nass, M.D
August 20, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Untagged

But our commitment to proper ENT health remains the same!

We are proud to announce that the office of Dr. Richard Nass, your trusted Sinus Specialist, has moved to a bright, new ENT Checkupspace, set in a more convenient location. Although now situated in 161 Madison Avenue Suite 11 W, Dr. Nass’s office still remains committed to bringing those in Manhattan the best ENT care possible.

As always, we are here to provide a wide range of services to boost the health of your sinuses, ear, nose, and throat. Some of these include:

  • Remedies for nasal breathing problems
  • Diagnoses and treatments for sleep apnea
  • Treatment for sinusitis
  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Facial Pain
  • Ear infection treatment

Whether you’re already a faithful patient or seeing an ENT physician for the first time, give us a call at 212-734-4515 to schedule a consultation at our new Manhattan office, located on 161 Madison Avenue Suite 11 W, New York, NY 10016.

By Richard Nass, M.D
July 03, 2019
Category: ENT Treatments
Tags: Facial Pain  

Your facial pain has intensified. It started with a cold, but now, three months later, you really want relief. Dr. Richard Nass is the Manhattan, sinusitisNY, ENT doctor who diagnoses and treats facial pain related to sinusitis. Count on his expertise to uncover why you're in pain and how to help.
 

What are sinuses?

The sinuses are a system of air-filled spaces inside your skull. They are lined with mucous-producing membranes to keep the air your breath moist and as free from bacteria and particulate matter (such as dust and pollen) as possible. Your sinuses also influence the sound quality of your voice.

The sinuses are located in three different places in your skull:

  1. Forehead--the frontal sinuses
  2. Behind the cheeks--the maxillary sinuses
  3. Behind the nose--ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses

Any or all of these cavities can be problematic, infecting with bacteria or viruses, growing benign polyps, swelling due to environmental irritants (such as cigarette smoke), and allergens (such as plant pollen, dust and animal dander).
 

Facial pain due to sinusitis

Your board-certified ENT doctor in Manhattan, NY, sees many cases of facial pain related to sinusitis. An infection of the sinuses, sinusitis may be acute (lasting up to four weeks) or chronic (lasting 12 weeks or even longer). It exhibits typical symptoms of:

  • Headache pain, especially across the forehead and under the eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Thick, green mucus
  • Bad breath
  • Toothache pain unrelated to dental abscess or decay

Dr. Nass diagnoses facial pain related to sinusitis with hands-on palpation of the face and with a lighted endoscope. Endoscopy is an in-office procedure which introduces a thin, lighted tube up the nostrils. With it, Dr. Nass looks for:

  • Nasal fractures
  • Polyps
  • Obstructions and other structural problems, such as a deviated septum
  • Inflammation from allergies

 

Treating your facial pain

Dr. Nass uses his diagnostic findings to comprise a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate your sinus facial pain and other symptoms. Common interventions include:

  • Removal of nasal polyps
  • Use of nasal sprays (steroidal to reduce inflammation)
  • Increasing humidity in the sleeping areas at night
  • Irrigation with a Neti pot (running sterile water through the nose)
  • Over the counter anti-histamines
  • Allergy testing and treatment

 

Get the help you need

Unfortunately, about 12.5 percent of American adults suffer with painful sinusitis, either acute or chronic. And, the symptoms often recur. So, please contact Dr. Richard Nass for a consultation. He'll help you manage your facial pain due to sinusitis so you can feel your very best. Phone the office staff at (212) 734-4515.

By Richard Nass, M.D.
June 13, 2019
Category: Relocation Letter
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Relocation Letter

By Richard Nass, M.D.
May 28, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Infections  

The primary function of the sinuses is to produce a mucus that helps to protect the nose from inhaling dust and dirt, as well as prevent it from drying out. However, these large spaces on the the front and sides of your skull can become inflamed from allergies, presence of a virus or bacteria, or growths inside of them. When these problems persist, your ear, nose, and throat doctor in Manhattan, NY, Dr. Richard Nass, may diagnose you with chronic sinusitis. Dr. Nass goes into more detail about the role of the sinuses and how he can help with their chronic issues in this post.

What is chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is defined as ongoing mucus buildup, drainage, and pain associated with inflammation inside the sinuses that surround your nose and eyes. To be considered chronic, at least two of these symptoms must be present for 12 weeks or more and persist even though you and your Manhattan ENT have attempted various treatments. Other symptoms that may accompany chronic sinusitis include a cough, sore throat, or bad breath.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Your Manhattan ENT doctor finds that many cases of chronic sinusitis are caused by stubborn pathogens left over from bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. Allergies or asthma may also contribute to persistent sinusitis. Structural problems like a deviated septum or nasal polyps (small, round outgrowths of tissue) may be restricting the space inside the sinuses and not allowing them to drain properly. Dr. Richard Nass will work with you to determine the cause of your chronic sinusitis, allowing for effective treatment.

How is chronic sinusitis treated?

The treatment and management of your sinusitis will largely depend on what's causing it. Antibiotics may help to clear up a bacterial infection, while allergy medication or shots can help to control symptoms if your Manhattan ENT determines that allergies are affecting your sinuses. Steroids may also help to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. If these treatments are ineffective, a procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty may be performed in our office to enlarge your sinus passageways.

If you're tired of dealing with sinus problems, you have options. Contact Dr. Richard Nass at our ear, nose, and throat practice in Manhattan, NY, for an evaluation today.





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