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Sinusitis Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Nose 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, an infection or inflammation of...

Sore Throats Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Throat 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, but allergies and sinus infections can also contribute. Some sore throats are worse than...

Swimmer's Ear Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Ears 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. These symptoms often occur after water gets trapped in your ear, especially if the water has bacteria or fungal organisms...

Tinnitus Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Ears Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present. About one in five people with tinnitus have bothersome tinnitus, which negatively affects their quality of life and/or functional health. Tinnitus may be...

Tonsillitis Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. Typically, tonsillitis happens suddenly (acute). Some patients experience recurrent acute episodes of tonsillitis, while others develop persistent (chronic)...

Turbinate Hypertrophy Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Nose 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. The mucosa naturally swells during the...

Vocal Cord Paralysis Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Throat 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 lungs, and they close and vibrate when you speak (this is...

Salivary Gland Disorders Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. The major salivary glands...

Otosclerosis Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Ears 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, which limits the ability to properly transmit sound. This results in hearing loss;...

Post-Nasal Drip Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Nose 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. Mucus is normally swallowed unconsciously, but when there is a feeling of...

Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Throat 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 (10,490...

Hyposmia and Anosmia Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Nose 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, important senses, and has meaning in our lives when...

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Jun 27th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck 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. HPV can cause cancer, but not all HPV infections lead to cancer....

Bell's Palsy Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck 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. Bell’s palsy occurs when the facial nerve is damaged by...

Hoarseness Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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, often making it harder to talk. This usually happens when there is a problem in the vocal...

Geriatric Rhinitis Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Nose 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. Patients with geriatric rhinitis may have nasal obstruction or congestion, runny nose or...

Fungal Sinusitis Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Nose 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. Fungus is an entirely separate “kingdom” from plants and animals; they are plant-like but cannot create their own food like plants...

Deviated Septum Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Nose 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, the left and right nasal passageways are...

Dysgeusia Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Nose Dysgeusia is a condition where a person’s perception of taste is altered; everything seems sweet, sour, bitter, or metallic. Taste disorders are common in adults. A study performed on adults in the United States indicated that up to 17 percent of those tested had some impairment in...

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

Created in Ears 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 pillows to support you, or tilting your head back to look up, or tilting your...

Asthma Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Nose 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 cause noisy breathing and shortness of breath. This condition can be brought on or worsened by activity, exercise,...

Aging and Swallowing Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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), vocal cords and voice box (larynx), and lower throat (esophagus) occur with aging. It has been estimated that more than 20 percent...

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is an inflammatory condition caused by an uncontrolled immune system response that attacks the inner ear causing progressive sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) that usually starts in one ear and then affects the other ear. The body thinks a part of the inner ear should...

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Jun 25th, 2021

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. The same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles, the varicella-zoster virus, can spread and affect the facial nerve,...

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears 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, and/or the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain). Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) happens when there is...

Hyperacusis Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears 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. People with hyperacusis have a hard time tolerating sounds that are typically not loud to others, such as noise from running water, traffic...

GERD and LPR Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. When acid repeatedly “refluxes” from the stomach into the esophagus alone, it is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, if...

Cholesteatoma Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears 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, which causes either a lump on the eardrum or an eardrum retraction pocket. Over time, the skin collects...

Conductive Hearing Loss Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears Hearing loss can be broadly separated into two categories: conductive and sensorineural (damage to tiny hair cells in the inner ear). Conductive hearing loss results when there is any problem in delivering sound energy to your cochlea, the hearing part in the inner ear. Common reasons for...

Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat If the cricopharyngeal muscle (CPM) in your throat malfunctions or is impaired, this can cause you to have difficulty swallowing. The top valve of your esophagus (food pipe) is called the upper esophageal sphincter (UES), or pharyngoesophageal segment (PES). The CPM separates the esophagus and throat. Unlike...

Zenker’s Diverticulum Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. When this happens, a pouch forms and mucous, food, and/or liquid can become stuck instead of going down your esophagus and...

Vestibular Schwannoma Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears Vestibular schwannoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows on the eighth cranial nerve, which is responsible for hearing and balance. The tumors are rare, accounting for only five to seven percent of all brain tumors. However, for the part of the brain where they are located,...

Spasmodic Dysphonia Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. The voice may sound broken, strained, or breathy depending on the type of SD. The two most common types of...

Sialadenitis Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck Sialadenitis is inflammation and enlargement of one or more of the salivary (spit) glands. The salivary glands are responsible for producing and storing saliva. The three major salivary glands are the “parotid” (on the sides of the face in front of the ears), “submandibular” (under...

Rhinitis Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Nose Rhinitis is a condition that typically involves nasal obstruction or congestion, runny nose or post-nasal drip, itchy nose, and/or sneezing. There are various causes for these symptoms, although they are broadly divided into two types: allergic rhinitis (nasal symptoms related to allergy) and non-allergic rhinitis (nasal symptoms...

Nosebleeds Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Nose 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 a nosebleed in their lifetime. They can happen at...

Ménière’s Disease Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears 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, but both ears (bilateral) may be affected. Ménière’s disease typically affects people between the ages of 40-...

Earaches Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Ears 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. The pain may be dull, sharp, or burning and can occur in one or both...

Neck Mass in Adults Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck 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...

Fine Needle Aspiration Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck 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. These cells are then looked at under a microscope to help your doctor determine if...

Dysphagia Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. In uncommon situations, swallowing difficulties can be related to a tumor or a nerve system disorder. It happens to people...

Aspiration Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. Once past the vocal folds, the food or drink enters your windpipe, or trachea, and...

Tonsils and Adenoids Jun 25th, 2021

Created in Throat 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. Tonsils and...

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

Created in Head & Neck “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 (the lower jaw)...

Skin Cancer Jun 24th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck 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. The top (or outer) layer of the skin, the epidermis, is composed of three types of cells: flat,...

Sinus Headaches Jun 24th, 2021

Created in Nose 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, to seek treatment for what they think is a sinus headache, only to learn they actually have a migraine or tension...

Earwax (Cerumen Impaction) Jun 24th, 2021

Created in Ears Earwax, called cerumen, is produced by special wax-forming glands located in the skin of the outer one-third of the ear canal. It is normal to have cerumen in ear canal as this waxy substance serves as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. The absence...

Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma) Jun 24th, 2021

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. When the eustachian tube in your middle ear is blocked due to altitude or pressure changes (sometimes called barotrauma), air...

Head and Neck Cancer Jun 24th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck Each year, more than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck (most of which is preventable). Nearly 13,000 will die from cancer of the head and neck. Head and neck cancers are curable if caught early. Fortunately, most of them produce early...

Graves’ Disease Jun 24th, 2021

Created in Head & Neck 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, temperature regulation, and keeps your muscles and organs working properly. Graves’ disease causes the thyroid gland to become overactive. It is...

Finding Sinus Relief May 21st, 2021

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. Call today...

Recurring Acute Sinus Infections Mar 19th, 2021

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 simple home-care until the infection goes away on its own. But what happens...

The Reasons for Facial Pain Mar 18th, 2021

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. Many things can cause facial pain and when it happens to you our East Hampton, and Manhattan, NY, ENT doctor,...

Finding the Right Treatment for Your Sleep Apnea Feb 8th, 2021

Dr. Richard Nass, your ENT in Manhattan, NY, and East Hampton, NY can help you find the right treatment for your sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. It's caused by an upper-airway blockage in either your nose, throat, or mouth. When one of these...

What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty? Jan 25th, 2021

Sinus problems, such as allergies and chronic inflammation, can affect your entire life, complicating sleep, and making activities more strenuous. A balloon sinuplasty, however, is a revolutionary procedure that can change your life for the better. Dr. Richard Nass, your ENT specialist in Manhattan, New York, has helped a multitude...

What Is a Nasal Obstruction? Dec 31st, 2020

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. Get the treatment you need to breathe well and feel good again. You and your nose It's an important...