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Specializing in problems of the Ear, nose, sinuses and throat.

An ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) is a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. They have special expertise in managing diseases of the ears, nose and nasal passage sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. ENT is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.

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Category Archives: Nasal

What Are Nasal Polyps?

Nasal PolypsThey can’t be seen by the naked eye, but nasal polyps reside deep within the nasal passages. Normally, air flows between the nose, throat and mouth uninhibited. Nasal polyps hang like stalactites from the inside of your nasal passages, and they can cause you to feel like you are always congested. Because they can’t be seen easily, you will need an ENT to tell you whether or not you are being afflicted by nasal polyps.

What Are Nasal Polyps?

Essentially, nasal polyps are just benign growths that exist in the nasal passage. They aren’t dangerous, but their size and shape can lead to nasal blockages. Close your mouth and take a deep breath in through your nose. If you feel that you can’t get enough air, you are either congested, have a collapsed nasal passage, or there could be nasal polyps present.

Causes

Nasal PolypsThere isn’t one root cause for nasal polyps. If you have always had sinus issues, they could develop as a result. Another more recent medical discovery has linked nasal polyps with the frequent use of aspirin. ENT doctors even believe that nasal polyps could be a precursor to asthma and other breathing issues. They can develop in childhood just as easily as they can become present in older people.

Signs and Symptoms

Nasal polyps generally cause breathing and sinus issues. If you constantly have sinus headaches or congestion, you might have some nasal polyps. Then again, there are literally dozens of other reasons that chronic congestion can occur. Generally, if you do have nasal polyps you will feel the urge to blow your nose more frequently than usual as you will feel the presence of something foreign being present in your nasal passages.

Treatment

Nasal PolypsNasal polyps can only be treated with medical intervention. In other words, a doctor will need to physically remove them via a surgical procedure or you will be prescribed drugs that will make the polyps dry up and fall off. There is little to no discomfort associated with nasal polyp treatments. Prescription drugs used to eliminate nasal polyps do sometimes come with side effects.

If you feel that you would breathe easier after having nasal polyps removed, then you should seek out a safe medical treatment. A doctor will need to evaluate you to see how many polyps are present as well as where they are situated. Get rid of your nasal polyps by scheduling an appointment with the best NYC ENT doctors as soon as possible.

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Deviated Nasal Septums: A Look at the Treatment Options

A deviated septum is a condition that can appear at birth, as a result of a treatment or after an accident. Whatever the circumstances may be, it is never easy, especially when you have to deal with constant congestion and infections. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to people who suffer from the condition. In this article, we’re going to explore some of the treatments for deviated septums.

Decongestants

One of the most accessible and easy to use treatments for deviated septums is a good decongestant. While a decongestant may not fix the underlying issues that may be at cause, it will help alleviate the symptoms. Decongestants usually work by constricting the blood vessels in your nasal pathways to diminish inflammation and congestion. You can either choose to go for a decongestant in pill form or a spray. However, you should use decongestants with caution since they can be habit forming and symptoms can actually worsen once you stop using them. They can also cause jitters and increased blood pressure.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are used to relieve some of the symptoms associated with allergies and the flu, including runny noses and nasal obstruction. They can also assist with symptoms unrelated to allergies, such as those associated with the common cold. However, please note that some antihistamines have their fair share of side effects, such as drowsiness for example.

Surgical Repair

Septoplasty is probably the most intrusive, but most definitive cure for a deviated septum. During your surgery, your doctor may have to remove part of your septum so they can be reattached in the right position. The goal of the procedure is to reposition your septum closer to the center.
The level of success usually depends on the severity of your condition. In many cases, symptoms like nasal congestion disappear completely. However, symptoms that may be related to infections, such as nasal inflammation, may still persist a while after the procedure.
Some people find a way to deal with the symptoms of a deviated septum without having to resort to surgery. In many cases, their deviation may not be as severe, which allows them to live with minor symptoms. However, in more extreme cases, surgery may be the only solution. If you think that is your case, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best ENT doctor in NYC.

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Michael C. Burnett, MD

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