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Allergy Season is Here

Spring is here and with all those beautiful flowers comes the pollen allergy season. The season lasts from now until the first frost. Trees, grasses, and weeds pollinate in succession during this time.

Apr 11th, 2022

Have you ever felt like you had a cold that wouldn’t go away? If symptoms of discolored nasal drainage and blockage hang around for more than 10 days, or worsen after they start getting better, there’s a good chance you have sinusitis...

Jun 27th, 2021
Sore Throats

Everybody gets a sore throat now and then. When you have a sore throat, this can affect speaking, swallowing, or breathing. Infections from viruses or bacteria are the main cause of sore throats,...

Jun 27th, 2021
Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer’s ear (also called acute otitis externa) is a painful condition that affects the outer ear and ear canal that is caused by infection, inflammation, or irritation.

Jun 27th, 2021

Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present.

Jun 27th, 2021

Tonsillitis, also described as pharyngitis, refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils, which are lymph glands located in the back of the throat that are visible through the mouth.

Jun 27th, 2021
Turbinate Hypertrophy

Turbinate hypertrophy refers to an excessive growth or enlargement of the turbinates, which are bony structures located inside the nose. They are covered with a special skin called mucosa, and they help filter, warm, and humidify the air as you breathe.

Jun 27th, 2021
Vocal Cord Paralysis

People have one set of two vocal cords, also known as vocal folds, that work together in your voice box to produce sound. They open when you breathe in to let the air flow through your...

Jun 27th, 2021
Salivary Gland Disorders

The salivary glands are found in and near your mouth, face, and neck. Dehydration is a risk factor for certain salivary gland disorders. To help maintain good oral health, it’s important to drink lots of liquid every day to promote good saliva production.

Jun 27th, 2021

Otosclerosis describes a condition of abnormal bone growth around one of the three small bones in the middle ear space called the stapes. When bone around the stapes hardens, the bone cannot move freely,...

Jun 27th, 2021
Post-Nasal Drip

Glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus, normally one to two quarts per day. Mucus moistens and cleans the nasal lining, moistens air, traps and clears what is inhaled, and helps fight infection.

Jun 27th, 2021
Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer

Cancer of the voice box, or laryngeal cancer, is not as well known by the general public as some other types of cancer, yet it is not a rare disease. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 13,150 new cases of laryngeal cancer...

Jun 27th, 2021
Hyposmia and Anosmia

Hyposmia is a decreased sense of smell, or a decreased ability to detect odors through your nose. Anosmia is the inability to smell anything. These conditions are not very common. The smell is one of our most basic,...

Jun 27th, 2021
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted virus. It is not transmitted through casual contact. Many different subtypes of the virus exist, and it usually affects the throat or the reproductive tract.

Jun 27th, 2021
Bell's Palsy

The facial nerve controls the muscles of your face, ears, the saliva glands in your mouth, as well as the tears in your eyes, and provides some of the sense of taste on your tongue.

Jun 25th, 2021

Hoarseness (also called dysphonia) is an abnormal change in the quality of your voice, making it sound raspy, strained, breathy, weak, higher or lower in pitch, inconsistent, fatigued, or shaky,...

Jun 25th, 2021
Geriatric Rhinitis

Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes or lining of the nasal cavity. Geriatric rhinitis, or rhinitis in senior patients, is a common but often neglected or overlooked condition because it is not life-threatening.

Jun 25th, 2021
Fungal Sinusitis

Fungal sinusitis is a broad term used to describe various situations when fungus might be involved in the cause or symptoms of nasal and sinus inflammation.

Jun 25th, 2021
Deviated Septum

The bone and cartilage that divides the inside of the nose in half is called the nasal septum. The bone and cartilage are covered by a special skin called a mucous membrane that has many blood vessels in it. Ideally,...

Jun 25th, 2021

Dysgeusia is a condition where a person’s perception of taste is altered; everything seems sweet, sour, bitter, or metallic.

Jun 25th, 2021
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Do you get spinning vertigo or dizziness sensation in certain head positions? For example, turning to a particular side when you’re lying in bed, or lying flat on your back without any...

Jun 25th, 2021

Asthma is a very common condition of the lungs; about 25 million Americans experience it. During regular breathing with asthma, the passages within the lungs can become narrow and...

Jun 25th, 2021
Aging and Swallowing

Swallowing is a complex process that changes over time, and swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) can be associated with aging. Changes in the tongue, upper throat (pharynx),...

Jun 25th, 2021
Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is an inflammatory condition caused by an uncontrolled immune system response that attacks the...

Jun 25th, 2021
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Created in Ears Ramsay Hunt syndrome (RHS), also known as herpes zoster oticus, is a rare yet severe condition that causes facial weakness or paralysis and a rash on the outer ear.

Jun 25th, 2021
Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)

Hearing loss can be broadly separated into two categories: conductive (problems in delivering sound to the inner ear) and sensorineural (problems of the inner ear, or cochlea...

Jun 25th, 2021

Hyperacusis, or sensitive hearing, describes a problem in the way the brain’s central auditory processing center perceives noise, often leading to pain and discomfort.

Jun 25th, 2021

Acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach contents flow back into the esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads from the back of the throat to the stomach.

Jun 25th, 2021

Cholesteatoma is an abnormal skin growth or skin cyst trapped behind the eardrum, or the bone behind the ear. Cholesteatomas begin as a build-up of ear wax and skin...

Jun 25th, 2021
Conductive Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be broadly separated into two categories: conductive and sensorineural (damage to tiny hair cells in the inner ear).

Jun 25th, 2021
Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction

If the cricopharyngeal muscle (CPM) in your throat malfunctions or is impaired, this can cause you to have difficulty swallowing.

Jun 25th, 2021
Zenker’s Diverticulum

A Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) is a rare condition where an “outpouching” occurs where your throat meets your esophagus, the swallowing pipe that leads into your stomach.

Jun 25th, 2021
Vestibular Schwannoma

Vestibular schwannoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows on the eighth cranial nerve, which is responsible for hearing and balance.

Jun 25th, 2021
Spasmodic Dysphonia

Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is a voice disorder that causes involuntary spasms or contractions of the vocal cords, interrupting speech and affecting the quality of a person’s voice.

Jun 25th, 2021

Sialadenitis is inflammation and enlargement of one or more of the salivary (spit) glands. The salivary glands are responsible for producing and storing saliva.

Jun 25th, 2021

Rhinitis is a condition that typically involves nasal obstruction or congestion, runny nose or post-nasal drip, itchy nose, and/or sneezing.

Jun 25th, 2021

Nosebleeds (called epistaxis) are caused when tiny blood vessels in the nose break. Nosebleeds are very common and affect many people at some point in their lives. In the United States, about 60 percent of people will experience...

Jun 25th, 2021
Ménière’s Disease

Ménière’s disease (also called idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops) is one of the most common causes of dizziness originating in the inner ear. In most cases, only one ear (unilateral) is involved,...

Jun 25th, 2021

Earache, or pain in the ear, is common and can occur in both children and adults. It can be due to a problem with the ear or structures close to the ear.

Jun 25th, 2021
Neck Mass in Adults

A neck mass is an abnormal lump in the neck. Neck lumps or masses can be any size—large enough to see and feel, or they can be very small. A neck mass may be a sign of an infection, or it may indicate a serious medical condition.

Jun 25th, 2021
Fine Needle Aspiration

Fine needle aspiration (FNA), also called fine needle biopsy, is a type of biopsy where a needle is inserted into a lump or mass to collect a sample of cells.

Jun 25th, 2021

Dysphagia means that you can’t swallow well. Dysphagia is not a diagnosis; it is the symptom. Many factors may cause dysphagia, and most are temporary and non-life-threatening.

Jun 25th, 2021

Aspiration is a medical term for accidentally inhaling your food or liquid through your vocal cords into your airway, instead of swallowing through your food pipe, or esophagus, and into your stomach.

Jun 25th, 2021
Tonsils and Adenoids

Tonsils are the two round lumps in the back of your throat. Adenoids are high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth (referred to as your soft palate). They are not visible through the mouth or nose without special instruments.

Jun 25th, 2021
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain

“TMJ” pain is a common occurrence for many people, and it refers to pain or discomfort in the Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ). This is the hinge that connects your temporal bone (the bone that forms the side of the skull) and your mandible...

Jun 25th, 2021
Skin Cancer

The skin is the largest organ in our body, and is made up of two major layers (epidermis and dermis), as well as various types of cells.

Jun 24th, 2021
Sinus Headaches

Not every headache is the result of sinus and nasal passage problems. For example, many patients visit an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist,...

Jun 24th, 2021
Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)

Earwax, called cerumen, is produced by special wax-forming glands located in the skin of the outer one-third of the ear canal.

Jun 24th, 2021
Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma)

Created in Ears Ear problems are one of the most common medical complaints of airplane travelers and divers. While they are usually minor annoyances, sometimes they can cause significant symptoms.

Jun 24th, 2021
Head and Neck Cancer

Each year, more than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck (most of which is preventable).

Jun 24th, 2021
Graves’ Disease

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the front of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone, which controls your metabolism, ...

Jun 24th, 2021
Finding Sinus Relief

Discover how you can get the sinus pain relief you need in East Hampton, and Manhattan, NY. If you're in pain because of a sinus infection or allergy, you want relief fast. Dr. Richard Nass, an ENT doctor in East Hampton and Manhattan, NY is here to help.

May 21st, 2021
Recurring Acute Sinus Infections

Do you keep getting sinus infections? Do they go away and just come back again? We understand just how uncomfortable a sinus infection can be. The good news is that most people can manage their symptoms through...

Mar 19th, 2021
The Reasons for Facial Pain

Facial pain is, well painful. Our ENT doctors can find the cause and provide you with relief. Facial pain is one of the most common reasons people visit our offices.

Mar 18th, 2021
What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Sinus problems, such as allergies and chronic inflammation, can affect your entire life, complicating sleep, and making activities more strenuous.

Jan 25th, 2021
What Is a Nasal Obstruction?

The nose is continually stuffy. This affects your breathing. Your ENT physician in Manhattan, NY, is Dr. Richard Nass, and he can identify your nasal obstruction and the reasons for it.

Dec 31st, 2020