Is it a cold, flu or a sinus infection? Our otolaryngologist can help you spot the warning signs of sinusitis.
With winter in full force, it isn’t surprising that a lot of people are getting sick. So, if you are battling some unpleasant symptoms you may find yourself wondering whether it’s a sinus infection or something else. Since symptoms of a sinus infection can mimic other illnesses, it’s important to be able to spot signs of sinusitis. Find out when you can treat a sinus infection at home and the warning signs that it’s time to turn to our Manhattan, NY, otolaryngologist Dr. Richard Nass for treatment.
You might have sinusitis if you are experiencing,
- Facial pain, pressure and tenderness (typically around the eyes and sinuses)
- Nasal congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Persistent cough
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Bad breath (more common with bacterial sinus infections)
Of course, a lot of these symptoms are also present when you have a flu or cold. So, how can you tell the difference? It is most likely a sinus infection if,
- You’ve been dealing with sinus pressure, nasal congestion and a stuffy or runny nose for more than 10 days
- You were dealing with symptoms of a cold that got better but then symptoms returned or got worse
- You notice yellow or green nasal discharge
- You have severe facial pain and pressure
- You have a fever over 102F
While sinus infections are often the result of a virus, bacterial sinus infections will require antibiotics; therefore, if your symptoms don’t get better with rest and home care, or if your sinus infection symptoms are severe it’s a good time to visit our Manhattan, NY, ENT doctor for a diagnosis.
How can I treat a sinus infection on my own?
If symptoms have just appeared and they aren’t severe then you may just choose to treat the problem on your own. Over-the-counter nasal sprays, decongestants and pain relievers can help manage symptoms until the infection goes away. You may also choose home remedies such as a Neti-pot, which flushes out the sinuses.
Bacterial infections will only go away with antibiotics so home care will not be enough. Our otolaryngologist may also prescribe corticosteroid nasal sprays, antihistamines or allergy medications. Patients dealing with recurring or chronic sinus infections may need to consider surgery or specialty procedures to treat blockages within the sinuses.
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Your ENT specialist, Dr. Richard Nass, treats sleep apnea and its associated snoring in his Manhattan office. This prevalent and often harmful sleep disorder affects literally millions of adults. If you're snoring and sleep apnea symptoms, let Dr. Nass check it out so that you can sleep well and enjoy better health.
What is sleep apnea?
The National Sleep Foundation explains sleep apnea as a medical issue in which breathing ceases repeatedly and briefly as you sleep at night or even as you take a nap. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is the most common type. It happens as the tissues at the back of the mouth and throat relax and close off the airway.
Another type is Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, characterized by miscommunication between the brain and the respiratory system. Mixed sleep apnea melds features of both.
Sleep apnea affects people of both genders, crosses socioeconomic lines as well as age differences. However, men over 40 seem more prone to develop the condition, as do individuals who are overweight, have larger neck sizes and have close relatives with the disorder, reports the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
What are the signs you may have sleep apnea?
Signs you have this sleep disorder are:
- Loud snoring that disturbs your spouse and other members of the household
- Breathing cessation as you sleep
- Memory loss
- Poor concentration
- Decreased libido
People with sleep apnea often have systemic health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, dementia, heart issues and more.
How is sleep apnea treated?
In his Manhattan office, Dr. Nass individually consults with his patients who complain of snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. He does a comprehensive ear, nose, throat, and sinus examination and frequently orders an at-home sleep study. Fully-monitored, this easy test tells Dr. Nass what happens when you sleep. Lower oxygenation, fewer respirations, changes in heart rhythm, how frequently you snore and more indicate sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Nass will work with you to control your symptoms. Therapies may include:
- Weight loss
- Sleeping on your side instead of your back
- Oral appliance therapy (a bite guard worn at night to reposition the lower jaw)
- CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure to open the airway
When needed, surgery corrects problems associated with large tonsils, obstructions such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps, or other abnormalities of the nose, throat and sinuses.
Contact our Manhattan office today
Dr. Richard Ness and his staff want you to have solid sleep patterns and excellent systemic health. If you snore, please call us for a consultation: (212) 734-4515.
You wish you felt better. Again and again, you have headaches, pressure across your forehead, nasal congestion and more. Dr. Richard Nass, Manhattan otolaryngologist, often performs balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that relieves the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Learn more here about this quick and effective treatment and how you really can feel better.
FAQs about balloon sinuplasty
What are the sinuses?
You have four areas in your skull which are empty and air-filled. Lined with mucous membranes to keep circulating air moist, sinuses lighten your skull in weight and make your voice uniquely yours. Unfortunately, sinuses become infected when viruses, bacteria, allergens, environmental irritants, mold and fungi invade and stick around.
What is sinusitis?
An infection of the sinuses, sinusitis affects 37 million Americans every year, says the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Acute sinusitis lasts about ten days, whereas chronic sinusitis may drag on and on for months. Both feature types of sinusitis feature symptoms such as:
- Thick, yellow to green mucus
- Headache across the forehead
- Toothache pain
- Postnasal drip
- A full feeling in the face and head
Your ENT doctor uses physical examination, review of your symptoms, nasal endoscopy (inspection with a thin, lighted tube and camera) and digital imaging to determine the cause of chronic sinusitis. Often, injury or congenital defect, along with allergies or asthma, are the culprits.
What treatments relieve sinusitis?
Some infections clear by themselves. Others require antibiotics and decongestant nasal sprays. A simpler intervention, irrigation with a Neti pot, washes the sinuses with saline, relieving congestion and irritation.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
Some patients experience chronic sinusitis. These infections don't respond to antibiotic therapy, decongestants or other treatments. So, your Manhatten ENT doctor often recommends a procedure called balloon sinuplasty. Usually performed with benefit of general anesthesia, balloon sinuplasty involves insertion of a lighted catheter up the nostril and into the area of sinus blockage. Dr. Nass inflates a small balloon attached to the catheter, compressing the tissue causing the blockage. Then, he withdraws the balloon.
Will it hurt and make me sick?
Balloon sinuplasty does not hurt, but it may cause some residual bruising or tenderness. There is no cutting or suturing with this one-hour procedure. Patients find excellent relief for their symptoms and typically experience no real downtime.
Find out more
Dr. Richard Nass helps people who experience problems with their sinuses. Sinusitis can be managed so you feel, and breathe, better. Please phone his Manhattan office for a consultation: (212) 734-4515. You may book an appointment online, too.
How your sinus, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Manhattan, NY, can help with sinus problems
Sinus complications are uncomfortable, annoying, and very stubborn, as they often fail to respond to over-the-counter sinus medications. Fortunately, here at Dr. Richard Nass's Manhattan office, your ENT specialist can help you find relief from sinus problems—read on to learn how.
More about sinus issues and how we can help
Sinus complications often occur due to allergies. Producing symptoms such as a stuffy nose, dizziness, breathing problems, and recurrent headaches, allergic reactions are commonly caused by exposure to grass and flower pollens, pet dander, mold, and dust mites. To alleviate these issues, the first step is to perform an allergy test so as to determine what exactly you are allergic to.
Once you and your doctor have determined the source of your allergies, it’s best to try and avoid those substances. Other allergy treatments include shots and sublingual immunotherapy. Treating the underlying allergy can help prevent future sinus complications.
Other sinus complication can result from inflammations due to virus, fungus, or bacterial infection. In these cases, your sinuses can feel full of pressure and chronic, throbbing pain. Other signs and symptoms include:
- A greenish-yellow fluid coming from your nose
- Persistent coughing and congestion
- Persistent earaches, headaches, or sore throat
If you are experiencing these issues, you can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from sinus problems. Consider:
- Placing a humidifier in your bedroom to soothe your sinuses
- Irrigating your sinuses with saline solution to keep nasal passages clear
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
For stubborn sinus complications, it’s best to visit an expert ENT specialist. Your doctor may recommend:
- Prescription-strength antihistamines, decongestants, or antibiotics
- Prescription-strength corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory medications
- Sinus surgery including balloon sinuplasty to open up blocked nasal passages
Need relief? Give us a call
If you are experiencing problems with your sinuses, it’s time to call Dr. Richard Nass, your ENT specialist in Manhattan, NY. Dial (212) 734-4515 now to schedule a consultation.
But our commitment to proper ENT health remains the same!
We are proud to announce that the office of Dr. Richard Nass, your trusted Sinus Specialist, has moved to a bright, new space, set in a more convenient location. Although now situated in 161 Madison Avenue Suite 11 W, Dr. Nass’s office still remains committed to bringing those in Manhattan the best ENT care possible.
As always, we are here to provide a wide range of services to boost the health of your sinuses, ear, nose, and throat. Some of these include:
- Remedies for nasal breathing problems
- Diagnoses and treatments for sleep apnea
- Treatment for sinusitis
- Balloon sinuplasty
- Facial Pain
- Ear infection treatment
Whether you’re already a faithful patient or seeing an ENT physician for the first time, give us a call at 212-734-4515 to schedule a consultation at our new Manhattan office, located on 161 Madison Avenue Suite 11 W, New York, NY 10016.
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