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Posts for: October, 2018

By Richard Nass, M.D.
October 23, 2018
Category: ENT Care

Your nose--you might not notice if it's working properly until it's not. Nasal obstruction, inflammation due to allergies, asthma or environmental irritants, facial pain--they all lead to less than perfect nasal breathing. Your ENT doctor in Manhattan, Dr. Richard Nass, can help move air through your nose easily. As a board-certified otolaryngologist and pioneering expert in endoscopic diagnostic and surgical techniques for the nose, he'll uncover what's wrong and help you feel better.

Nasal Breathing ProblemsYour wonderful nose

It does many things. It helps bring oxygenated air into your lungs and expel it after use. Your nose warms and humidifies that air, filters particles and irritants, helps you smell odors, influences your vocal tone, and yes, completes your facial features. Connected to a system of air-filled spaces called the sinuses, your nose is highly vascularized and innervated and has anatomical features such as:

  • A dividing partition made of bone and cartilage--the septum
  • Moist and hair-covered mucosa
  • Nares, or nostrils
  • Ridgelike bumps, or turbinates

What can go wrong

As is the rest of your body, you nose is subject to injury, malfunction, infection, and malformation, often impacting how well you breathe. Your ENT doctor in Manhattan sees scores of patients each year who experience nasal breathing issues such as:

  • Polyps, small benign growths which impede airflow
  • Chronic sinusitis and congestion
  • A deviated septum, an obstructive change in an otherwise straight divider between the right and left nostril (a very common problem, say ENT doctors at the Cleveland Clinic)
  • Allergic rhinitis, a leading cause of chronic illness in the US, says the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Colds and flu and their copious mucous and congestion

Diagnosing and treating problems with your nose

Dr. Nass uses state of the art imaging (CAT scan and digital X-rays) and sophisticated endoscopy to visualize and diagnose what's happening in your nose and sinuses. He also considers physical examination findings and your medical and prescription history. Then, he offers a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate pain and congestion and improve nasal breathing.

Possible interventions include:

  • Allergy and asthma treatments
  • Nasal irrigation, or lavage
  • Antihistamines, antibiotics, or steroids as needed
  • Surgical removal of polyps
  • Balloon sinuplasty to reduce obstructions
  • Surgical correction of deviated septum or other structural abnormalities
  • Breathing strips to open collapsed nasal valves
  • Avoidance of environmental irritants, particularly cigarette smoke

Your best breathing

Achieve it by working with your ENT doctor in Manhattan, NY, Dr. Richard Nass. For a convenient appointment time, please call his office at (212) 734-4515.