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By Richard Nass, M.D.
April 13, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that could be potentially serious, even life-threatening. People who suffer from this condition experience breathing issues, specifically, their breathing starts and stops repeatedly. If you’re a loud snorer and feel strangely exhausted even after getting sufficient sleep at night, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

With this in mind, if you suspect that you have snoring problems and sleep apnea, visit Dr. Richard Nass, here in our Manhattan, NY office. He will assess your condition and provide proper treatment to treat your symptoms and prevent serious sleep apnea-related complications.

How is Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treated?

For milder sleep apnea cases, your doctor might suggest lifestyle modifications like quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight. If you suffer from nasal allergies, addressing your allergy symptoms will be key to managing your snoring and sleep apnea. However, your ENT doctor in Manhattan, NY, may recommend the following treatments if you have moderate to severe sleep apnea:

CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

People with moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea may benefit from wearing a special machine that supplies air pressure via a mask when you sleep. This is called a CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure device. With this device, the air pressure will be relatively greater than the surrounding air, which is enough for keeping your upper airway passages properly open to prevent snoring and apnea. Tell your doctor if your symptoms persist despite CPAP therapy. Likewise, your CPAP device may need some adjustments if you lose or gain significant weight while using it.

Other Airway Pressure Machines

In the event that a CPAP just isn’t working for you, you may need to use a different kind of device called an Auto-CPAP that can automatically regulate the air pressure when you’re sleeping. You may also opt for a BPAP machine that delivers bilevel positive airway pressure. This can supply more pressure while you’re inhaling and less when you’re exhaling.

Oral Appliances

Aside from CPAP and BPAP machines, you can likewise try an oral appliance developed to ensure that your throat stays open when sleeping. Some appliances can open the throat by moving the jaw forward to ease mild sleep apnea and snoring. You may have to try various appliances to see which one will work best for you.

Surgery

Doctors typically recommend surgery when other treatments failed to relieve sleep apnea symptoms. In general, doctors recommend patients to try conservative treatments for three months before recommending surgery.

Get Rid of Your Snoring and Sleep Apnea Symptoms Now.

Arrange an appointment with Dr. Richard Nass here at our Manhattan practice by dialing (212) 734-4515.

By Richard Nass, M.D.
April 13, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Disease  

Sinusitis occurs when there’s a swelling or inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinuses. When your sinuses are healthy, they’re filled with air. However, when they become clogged due to fluid buildup, germs could thrive and lead to a sinus infection. The most common conditions that could cause blockage in the sinuses include allergic rhinitis, the common cold, a deviated septum, and nasal polyps.

If you’re having any issues with your sinuses, you can consult with our ENT doctor, Dr. Richard Nass, here in our Manhattan, NY, practice.

Types of Sinus Infections

Basically, there are four types of sinusitis, these are:

  1. Acute Sinusitis: This typically begins with cold-like symptoms like facial pain and a clogged or runny nose. It may begin suddenly and last for two-to-four weeks.
  2. Subacute Sinusitis: This usually lasts for four to 12 weeks.
  3. Chronic Sinusitis: Symptoms last for more than 12 weeks.
  4. Recurrent Sinusitis: Episodes of sinusitis occur several times yearly.

Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis

You might have a stuffy nose, facial pressure or pain, congestion or cough, and loss of smell. You might also have a fever, fatigue, dental pain, and bad breath. In most cases, it’s usually acute sinusitis if you experience more than two of these symptoms and/or have thick, yellow or green nasal discharge.

Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis

You might have a fever, pus in your nose, discolored postnasal drainage, nasal congestion, and feel fullness or pressure in your face for more than 12 weeks. Likewise, you may have tooth pain, bad breath, and persistent headaches, and you may feel constantly tired. However, plenty of conditions can cause these symptoms, so it’s important that you visit your ENT doctor in Manhattan, NY, to find an accurate diagnosis.

Treatments for Sinusitis

For simple sinus infections, treatments typically include saline nasal washes and a decongestant. But you shouldn’t take OTC decongestants for more than three days since it could make your nose more congested. If you were prescribed antibiotics, you should take them as directed. Moist, warm air also helps with chronic sinusitis. For this, you can inhale steam from a bowl with hot water or utilize a vaporizer.

You’ll likewise have to avoid triggers related to your sinusitis and take antihistamines if you have persistent allergies. You may also be prescribed antifungal medication if a fungus is the cause of your symptoms. Additionally, your doctor might recommend immunoglobulin therapy if immune deficiencies are causing your sinusitis.
 

Suffering from Sinus Disease? Get Relief Now

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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.
May 28, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Untagged

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.

By Richard Nass, M.D.
May 10, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

How your ENT specialist in Manhattan, NY, can help you feel better!

If you are suffering from sinusitis, you already know how painful it can be. The constant pressure and pain around and behind your eyes sinusitiscan keep you from enjoying your life. Dr. Richard Nass, is a sinus, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Manhattan, NY, who specializes in helping people who are suffering from sinus issues, including sinusitis. He can help you feel well again!

 

More about sinusitis

So, how do you know if you have sinusitis? Occasional stuffy nose and sneezing is normal, but if your symptoms have become more frequent, you could have sinusitis. Common signs and symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Chronic sneezing or coughing
  • Frequent pressure and pain behind or around your eyes
  • Frequent high fever or headaches
  • Nasal passage irritation and discomfort
  • Frequent stuffy nose and difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Yellow or green discharge coming from your nose

Sinusitis can be caused by fungus, bacteria, or allergies. Luckily, there are some easy remedies that can lead to relief, including:

  • Irrigating your sinuses with saline solution to clear out nasal passages
  • Placing a humidifier in your bedroom to soothe sinuses
  • Taking over-the-counter oral decongestants or mucus-thinning medications
  • Using decongestant nasal sprays to reduce swelling and congestion

For stubborn, severe sinusitis symptoms, it’s best to visit an expert. Dr. Nass offers several effective ways to treat sinusitis, including:

  • Allergy testing and treatment if your sinusitis is allergy related
  • Prescription-strength antihistamines or decongestants to reduce symptoms
  • Antibiotics if your sinusitis is due to an infection
  • Oral or nasal corticosteroids to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Surgery for sinusitis related to structural issues or abnormalities in your sinuses

For more detailed information about sinusitis, please visit the Sinusitis section on the website at http://www.drrichardnass.com/sinusitis-sinus-disease.html

 

Give us a call!

You don’t have to let sinusitis take over your life. You can get relief by making a simple phone call—just pick up your phone and dial (212) 734-4515 for Dr. Richard Nass's Manhattan office!