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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
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.
August 23, 2018
Category: ENT Treatments
Tags: Sinus   Balloon Sinuplasty  

The occasional sinus infection can typically be treated with other the counter medication and standard treatments, but if you suffer from Balloon Sinuplasty Doctorchronic 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
  • Headaches
  • 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.

By Dr. Richard Nass M.D.
January 05, 2016
Category: ENT Treatments
Tags: Allergies  

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 Allergiesfamily 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.

Restricted Areas

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.

By Richard Nass M.D.
May 21, 2014
Category: ENT Treatments
Tags: Sleep Apnea  
sleep apnea snoring Not everyone is lucky enough to fall into a deep sleep, such as sleeping through roaring thunderstorms. Some people wake up at the drop of a hat, or the sound of snoring.
Light snorers usually just bother the people they share the bed with, but snoring due to obstructive sleep apnea affects both partners. There are three “Do’s” you must follow to properly deal with sleep apnea and snoring. Manhattan residents, check these recommendations out!

Do Talk to Your Doctor About Treatment Options

Don’t sleep on it (not like sleep apnea will let you). Seek treatment as soon as possible. An expert opinion is what you need, and we can provide the right consultation and a number of treatment options for you to try out.

Do Find Out the Underlying Cause of Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Manhattan

Treatment can start once you and the doctor understand what is the underlying cause of the sleep apnea. The fact is that the cause of sleep apnea differs for each patient. There are several causes of sleep apnea, and you have a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea if you are:
  • Male
  • A smoker
  • Over the age of 60
  • Related to a sleep apnea sufferer
  • Overweight

Do Your Research

The more you know about sleep apnea and snoring, the more aware you are of the seriousness of it. Sleep apnea isn’t something to snore at. Having your sleep disturbed on nightly basis can deprive you of hours of needed sleep.
And sleep deprivation has been known to cause accidents at work, home and on the road.
What other pressing concerns do you have for us? Please call our Manhattan ENT office to speak to one of our staff.