Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists and Spring Cleaning

With the arrival of spring, many of us will be performing the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Here are a few tips to maximize cleaning and minimize allergies, asthma and nasal congestion.

Spring Cleaning Tips:
*Avoid aerosol products. They spray hundreds of particles into the air.
*Try and do cleaning when members of the family with asthma and allergies are not home.
*Use half strength vinegar to clean, when appropriate.

From this ENT specialist and leader of spring cleaning in my home – Happy Spring and Safe Cel

Sinus Infections Symptoms – What you need to know now

Next week it is officially spring!  As the flowers bloom, pollen will soon fill the air.  Spring allergy season will be upon us and with it will come sinus infections.  Every day I stress to patients that there are a number of symptoms that make ENT physicians think of sinus disease.  Here are just a few:
*Fatigue
*Sleeping Problems
*Feeling like you are in a fog/haze
*Chronic Cough

The list goes on…..
If you feel like “something isn’t right” and you have seen your primary doctor, it may be time to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.  Sinus disease is one of top reasons why patients seek medical care.  ENT specialists spend countless years learning about sinus infection symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.  Rest assured we will be able to tackle even the most stubborn sinus infection problem.

Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors – Wax (Cerumen) removal experts

4620997Time again to discuss ear wax removal. As a nation, we seem to be obsessed with football, baseball, food and ear wax. Yes, ear wax. Everyday I get more and more elaborate questions about how to remove ear wax and which kit to use to remove it. There is an easy answer — none of the above.

Wax is made by glands deep in the ear and serves as an anti-bacterial. Once it has served its purpose, tiny hairs work to move the wax to the outer portion of the ear canal and then it comes out.

Excess build-up of wax can occur for many reasons but the take home point is that you should not use any kits, instruments, pins etc to try and remove ear wax. Using these types of items could result in permanent hearing loss, bleeding or infections. Otolaryngologists have special tools and microscopes to remove the wax safely so you can hear better while avoiding untoward complications.

Great Discussion about Sinus Infections, Headaches, and Balloon Sinuplasty – ENT Take Home Messages

7362068I had a wonderful time discussing sinus disease on February 28, 2013 at Jimmy Hays in Island Park, NY. We had a fantastic audience! Participants were engaged and asked thoughtful questions. If you were not able to make it here a few highlights from the presentation.

Sinus Disease Can Lead to Different Symptoms in Different Patients:
*Fatigue *Facial Pressure
*Chronic Cough *Headache
*Foul Breath *Sinus Pressure
*Difficulty Sleeping *Fullness of the face
These are all possible symptoms of sinus problems. If you live in the Long Beach, Island Park, Point Lookout, Oceanside, Rockville Centre, or Garden City vicinity, it would be my pleasure to evaluate you for possible sinus solutions.