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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.

By Richard Nass, M.D.
November 07, 2017
Category: ENT Care

Dr. Richard Nass of Manhattan discusses nasal breathing problems.
You may have nasal breathing problems for many reasons. Your nose and breathing passages may be obstructed from a cold or acute nasal breathing problemssinusitis. You could also have blocked sinuses, nasal inflammation, or facial pain and pressure. If you’ve also got watery eyes, runny nose, sinus pressure, congestion, or a cough, then allergies might be the cause of your symptoms. Dr. Richard Nass can determine which type of problem you have and what is the best treatment for you.
But while some nasal issues are only acute (short-term), others can be chronic (long-term).
Long-term nasal blockage may be caused by nasal polyps, nasal septal deviation, chronic nasal congestion, weakness of the side walls of the nose, and, infrequently by tumors. 
When you visit the offices of Dr. Richard Nass in Manhattan to learn about your nasal breathing problems, he will perform a routine physical exam and discuss your medical history so he can determine which types of tests will provide the most information about your situation.
Nasal breathing problems can be a chronic condition – a response to irritants such as tobacco smoke, certain medications, and some hormonal conditions.  In order for Dr. Richard Nass to determine the cause of your congestion and design the right treatment for you, a sinus CT scan may be necessary so he can get an in-depth picture of your sinuses and the surrounding structures and tissue.
If Dr. Richard Nass suspects you have an allergy, he will take a simple blood test to find the answer. If it is an allergy Dr. Richard Nass will prescribe allergy medications such as nasal steroid sprays, anti-histamines, decongestants, or other medications. Occasionally allergy shots will be needed. Dr. Richard Nass will also tell you about certain lifestyle changes to help reduce your exposure to allergens.
If Dr. Richard Nass thinks your nasal breathing problems are caused by a structural defect, he may suggest surgery to correct the problem. And if that’s the case, Dr. Richard Nass will discuss the surgical options that are best for you and your condition.
Whatever the cause of your nasal breathing problems, treatment is available from Dr. Richard Nass in Manhattan. Get back to breathing normally. Call Dr. Richard Nass about your nasal breathing problems today. To schedule an appointment in Manhattan call (212) 734-4515.

By Richard Nass, M.D.
May 02, 2016
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Allergies  

Allergy sufferers dread it—the first uncontrollable round of sneezes, drippy eye or runny nose of the spring. It’s the first signal that allergyallergies season has arrived and measures will need to be taken to keep the symptoms at bay. Some patients, unfortunately, let allergies keep them from enjoying the warm weather and sun, but that’s not necessary. Learn how you can manage allergy symptoms with the help of Manhattan-based ENT, Dr. Richard Nass.

What Are Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies are allergic reactions that are only triggered in certain seasons—usually spring and summer. When trees, plants, and flowers begin to release pollen into the air, it aggravates certain people who are sensitive to it. Freshly cut grass is also a common culprit that triggers the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The body reacts because it believes the pollen (also called an allergen) is a threat that needs to be removed immediately.

Allergy Treatments
Luckily, there are allergy solutions available at Dr. Nass’ Manhattan office. One of the most common treatments for allergies is antihistamine medication (prescription or over the counter). Another solution is called “desensitization,” a treatment that uses immunotherapy techniques to calm your allergy symptoms over time. Your ENT can also help you determine exactly what is triggering your allergies, whether it’s a specific type of plant or something else in the air, like dust or pet dander.

More Allergy Tips
Here are a few tips for how you can best manage seasonal allergies in addition to your treatment plan:

  • Keep track of pollen counts throughout the season so that you know what to expect when going outdoors for a long period of time.
  • Try to make outdoor plans as early in the morning as possible, as pollen counts climb in the afternoon.
  • Keep the windows and doors of your home closed when indoors. 
  • Wash up immediately after getting home from a day spent outdoors.

Let Dr. Nass Help You Manage Your Seasonal Allergies
You don’t have to hide yourself indoors all spring and summer long. Call the Manhattan office of Richard Nass, M.D. at (212) 734-4515 today to talk about treatment options for seasonal allergies.

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 Dr. Richard Nass M.D.
October 29, 2015
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Allergies  

Discover the best way to attack your autumnal allergies before they attack you.

While we all enjoy the cooler weather, the smell of pumpkins and apples, and the beautiful changing leaves that fall has to offer, it isn’t always as pleasant for allergy sufferers. If you are dealing with seasonal allergies and are desperately seeking relief, find out what you Allergiesand your Manhattan, NY ENT doctor Dr. Richard Nass can do to help.

For Ragweed Sufferers

If you are allergic to ragweed, then you’re probably not too happy to hear that ragweed pollen is released in late summer and fall. Follow your local weather to see how bad the pollen count is in your area. If pollen is high, try to avoid going outside, particularly in the morning and on dry, warm days.

While we know that staying indoors throughout the fall just isn’t practical, there are also some things you can do to make sure that your home doesn’t fall under attack. For one, keep windows closed. If it’s a warmer day run the air conditioner rather than opening the windows. Central air that uses a HEPA filter is always the best way to prevent pollen from getting into your home.

If you have a pet, make sure to bathe them regularly and designate only certain areas of the house for them (e.g. don’t let them in your bedroom).

Avoid Issues with Mold

Mold can be found in any dark, moist areas like rotting logs or piles of leaves. If you have any dead plants around the house be sure to remove them immediately. While working outside during the fall months (unfortunately those leaves can’t rake themselves) be sure to wear a mask at all times. Once your chores are finished remove those clothes immediately and throw them in the wash.

If you have mold in your home (they love basements and bathrooms!) be sure to clean it immediately. You can easily do this by adding one ounce of bleach to one quart of water. If you find mold in your carpeting you’ll need to replace it.

Cleaning is Key

The best way to avoid serious allergy issues that will have you running to your Manhattan ear, nose and throat doctor is by keeping your home as clean as possible. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and be sure to vacuum furniture and drapes, as well as the floor. Just as you would with outdoor work, you’ll want to wear a mask while cleaning each week to avoid flare-ups.

Don’t let allergies keep you from enjoying the beautiful new season. Turn to your ENT doctor in Manhattan for the treatment you need to say goodbye to pesky allergies. Call our office today!