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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.
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