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You wish you felt better. Again and again, you have headaches, pressure across your forehead, nasal congestion and more. Dr. Richard Nass, Manhattan otolaryngologist, often performs balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that relieves the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Learn more here about this quick and effective treatment and how you really can feel better.
FAQs about balloon sinuplasty
What are the sinuses?
You have four areas in your skull which are empty and air-filled. Lined with mucous membranes to keep circulating air moist, sinuses lighten your skull in weight and make your voice uniquely yours. Unfortunately, sinuses become infected when viruses, bacteria, allergens, environmental irritants, mold and fungi invade and stick around.
What is sinusitis?
An infection of the sinuses, sinusitis affects 37 million Americans every year, says the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Acute sinusitis lasts about ten days, whereas chronic sinusitis may drag on and on for months. Both feature types of sinusitis feature symptoms such as:
- Thick, yellow to green mucus
- Headache across the forehead
- Toothache pain
- Postnasal drip
- A full feeling in the face and head
Your ENT doctor uses physical examination, review of your symptoms, nasal endoscopy (inspection with a thin, lighted tube and camera) and digital imaging to determine the cause of chronic sinusitis. Often, injury or congenital defect, along with allergies or asthma, are the culprits.
What treatments relieve sinusitis?
Some infections clear by themselves. Others require antibiotics and decongestant nasal sprays. A simpler intervention, irrigation with a Neti pot, washes the sinuses with saline, relieving congestion and irritation.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
Some patients experience chronic sinusitis. These infections don't respond to antibiotic therapy, decongestants or other treatments. So, your Manhatten ENT doctor often recommends a procedure called balloon sinuplasty. Usually performed with benefit of general anesthesia, balloon sinuplasty involves insertion of a lighted catheter up the nostril and into the area of sinus blockage. Dr. Nass inflates a small balloon attached to the catheter, compressing the tissue causing the blockage. Then, he withdraws the balloon.
Will it hurt and make me sick?
Balloon sinuplasty does not hurt, but it may cause some residual bruising or tenderness. There is no cutting or suturing with this one-hour procedure. Patients find excellent relief for their symptoms and typically experience no real downtime.
Find out more
Dr. Richard Nass helps people who experience problems with their sinuses. Sinusitis can be managed so you feel, and breathe, better. Please phone his Manhattan office for a consultation: (212) 734-4515. You may book an appointment online, too.
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. Fortunately, 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.
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, NY, 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:
- Forehead--the frontal sinuses
- Behind the cheeks--the maxillary sinuses
- 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
- 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.
The occasional sinus infection can typically be treated with other the counter medication and standard treatments, but if you suffer from chronic sinus infections and inflammation (sinusitis), you may find relief with a simple minimally invasive procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty. Dr. Richard Nass, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) in Manhattan, NY, recommends the procedure when other treatments fail to provide relief, or for chronic sinus infections that last more than 12 weeks.
Balloon Sinuplasty in Manhattan, NY
When the sinus cavity and nasal passages are narrowed due to inflammation, it causes difficulty breathing and prevents mucus and fluid from draining properly, leading to buildup and greater risk of infection. If you suffer from sinus issues, you are probably very familiar with the painful headache, pressure, and discomfort caused by blocked sinuses. A balloon sinuplasty uses a small catheter to open and clear the nasal passage without surgery.
The first step is to insert the device into the nasal passage. The balloon is then inflated to open and clear sinus cavity. Saline is then sprayed into the sinus cavity to flush it out and drain the built up fluid and mucus. Once the balloon catheter is removed, the cavity remains open and clear.
When Should You Consider a Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you are suffering from sinus problems, the first step is to schedule an appointment with an ENT doctor if your symptoms persist for more than a few days or do not clear up with over the counter medications, or clear up and then return. You may benefit from balloon sinuplasty if you are experiencing the following symptoms (related to sinus problems):
- Pain and pressure behind your eyes, temples, forehead, and nose
- Yellow or green mucus discharge
- Decreased sense of smell
- Nasal congestion
The procedure is available for both children and adults.
Find an ENT Doctor in Manhattan, NY
For more information about balloon sinuplasty and sinusitis management and treatment, contact our office by calling (212) 734-4515 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nass today.
Don’t let your household pets keep you sneezing and coughing all the time!
You love your pet, but unfortunately your body begs to differ. If you are finding that your favorite feline or trusty pup is causing red itchy eyes, sneezing and other nasty allergy symptoms, then it’s time you found the relief you need without having to get rid of your furry family member. From the office of your Manhattan ENT doctor Dr. Richard Nass here are some tips for how to keep your pet-related allergies at bay.
In order to keep dander to a minimum in your home, you’ll want to set some boundaries for where your furry friend can go. If your allergies are really severe then you may want to keep your pet outside as much as possible. And one of the best pieces of advice is to keep your pet out of your bedroom.
Try to restrict pets to areas of the house with hard wood rather than areas with carpet, since carpet can trap dander and make it more difficult to clean.
Off the Furniture
While it may seem picturesque to cuddle up on the couch with your pet, if you deal with pet allergies, then you’ll want to make sure your dog or cat stays off the furniture and bedding, which they can expose to dander. If your pet does come in contact with furniture or fabric,s like pillows or blankets, make sure to vacuum and wash it frequently (at least once a week).
Spick and Span
To keep dander to a minimum, this will also mean keeping your place as clean as possible. By dusting and vacuuming often, you can reduce allergens in your home. Opt for a vacuum with a HEPA filter and make sure to clean all carpets, rugs and furniture too. Just make sure not to vacuum or dust while the family member with pet allergies is in the home (or if you suffer from allergies make sure to wear a protective mask while cleaning).
Research has found that bathing your pet regularly can reduce the amount of dander. Every time you bathe your dog, you reduce dander by about 85 percent. The bad news? Dander levels return in about three days, which means you’ll most likely need to wash your pup twice a week.
If your allergies are getting the better of you, remember that you can always turn to your Manhattan, NY ENT Dr. Nass for all of your ear, nose and throat needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.