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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.
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.