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By Richard Nass, M.D.
September 04, 2018
Category: ENT Health

Man with Nasal Breathing ProblemsNasal breathing problems can make it difficult to get a good night of sleep and interfere with your work. Breathing problems may also be accompanied by headaches, cold symptoms, and congestion. If you're struggling to breathe and trying to ignore facial pain, help is available at the office of Dr. Richard Nass, an ear nose and throat doctor seeing patients in Manhattan, NY. Explore the possible reasons for your nasal symptoms and explore treatment options so that you can finally get some relief.

The Cause of Nasal Breathing Problems
Difficulty breathing can be caused by nasal inflammation, a cold, asthma, or an allergic reaction. But one of the most common causes of nasal breathing problems is a recurring sinus infection, also called sinusitis. Sinus infections often happen after a respiratory illness, like a cold or the flu. Patients who are affected by seasonal allergies also are more prone to experiencing the symptoms of sinus infections.

Trouble Breathing, Facial Pain and Other Symptoms
Chronic sinusitis affects roughly 11 percent of adult Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These are some of the symptoms that would indicate a sinus infection is the reason for your nasal breathing problems:

- Pain behind the eyes and nose, or at various places around the head (tension headaches).
- Tenderness in the face when you touch it.
- Nose won't stop running and watery eyes.
- Yellow, infected mucus discharge.
- Fever
- A sore throat and frequent coughing

Treatment Options
Sinus symptoms often subside in about a week in acute cases, but if the symptoms are long-term or recurring, you need to start a targeted treatment plan with your Manhattan, NY ear nose and throat doctor. That may include antibiotic therapy, nasal decongestants, nasal irrigation by your ENT, and allergy testing. Patients who have recurring sinus problems may benefit from sinus surgery. One procedure uses endoscopic technology to remove tissue that may be blocking the sinuses. Another, balloon sinuplasty, allows your ENT to insert and inflate a tiny balloon in the nose so that the sinuses can drain.

Relief for Nasal Problems
If you have nasal problems, pain in your face, and symptoms related to sinusitis, you might need sinus surgery or another treatment. Discuss your options with Dr. Richard Nass, an ear, nose, and throat doctor in Manhattan, NY. Call 212-734-4515 today for an appointment.

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.
June 09, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

Are you still tired and congested weeks after you had a sinus infection? You may have chronic sinusitis, a condition that can develop chronic sinusitisafter a bout of acute sinusitis. Manhattan, NY, sinus specialist, Dr. Richard Nass, discusses chronic sinusitis symptoms and shares information on treatment options.

What's the difference between acute and chronic sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis symptoms develop rapidly and generally lasts a week or two, but no more than a month. You'll receive a chronic sinusitis diagnosis if your symptoms have lasted three months or longer.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis often develops after you've had a cold or acute sinusitis. Other factors that can raise your risk of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Allergies or asthma
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke or pollutants in the Manhattan areas
  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated septum
  • Certain diseases, such as cystic fibrosis or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • HIV/AIDs or other immune system disorders
  • Fungal, bacterial or viral infections

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis?

Thick yellow or green discharge from your nose is common if you have sinusitis. Postnasal drip can trigger coughing at night and may also make you feel a little nauseated when you first wake up. Pain in your forehead, cheeks, nose and the area around your eyes is also common. Some people experience toothache-like pain in their upper teeth when they have chronic sinusitis. You may also feel tired, have bad breath, develop a sore throat or notice a reduced sense of smell or taste.

How is chronic sinusitis treated in Manhattan, NY?

Prescription decongestants decrease mucus in your sinuses, while nasal corticosteroid sprays are helpful in reducing inflammation and congestion. If the spray doesn't help, you may benefit from oral corticosteroids. Bacterial and fungal infections are treated with antibiotics or anti-fungal medications. Treating underlying conditions, such as GERD, allergies and immune system disorders, can also be helpful.

If more conservative treatment methods don't relieve your symptoms, sinus surgery may be recommended. The surgery is used to remove inflamed tissue, polyps, blockages and scar tissue and correct deviated septums.

To learn more about Chronic Sinusitis in New York City call Dr. Richard Nass M.D. at 212-734-4515 or book an appointment online.

February 13, 2015
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Sinusitis  

Discover more about your condition and what you can do to lessen your symptoms.

Are you currently dealing with nasal congestion, facial pain and sinus pressure? If so, then you could be suffering from a sinus infection. While most cases of sinusitis are minor and go away on their own, there are some people who deal with chronic or severe Sinusitissymptoms that can be nagging and even debilitating. Find out more about this respiratory condition and what you can do to treat it.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is characterized as an inflammation of the lining with the sinus cavities. This condition is often caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. This condition often manifests after dealing with an upper respiratory infection like the flu or common cold.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

The most common symptoms of sinusitis include a runny or stuffed nose, facial pain, a fever of 100.4 degrees F or more, and a headache.

How long does sinusitis last?

Most people will see symptoms subside within 12 weeks; however, those with chronic sinusitis will have symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is often caused by an allergy or a bacterial infection that causes swelling in the lining of the nose and sinuses.

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis?

Besides the symptoms that are indicative of acute sinusitis, you may also experience a loss of smell and bad breath.

What are the treatments for acute and chronic sinusitis?

Even though most acute forms will go away on their own with time, you may still want to use over-the-counter pain medications to help reduce headaches, pain and fever.

Decongestants can also help with block nasal passages; however, it will not lessen your recovery time. If your symptoms don’t improve after a week or if they get worse then it’s time to see your Manhattan ear, nose and throat doctor for treatment. Those with severe or chronic conditions may need antibiotics or steroid spray. Surgery is also an option for someone who hasn’t found relief from other non-surgical treatment options.

If you are dealing with chronic or severe symptoms of sinusitis then it’s time to see your Manhattan ear, nose and throat doctor. Call Dr. Richard Nass, MD to schedule your next appointment and start living a symptom-free life.