Monthly Archives: July 2014

Listen up, Long Beach residents! Q-tips and you: Not perfect together.

We all love the beach and there is no better place to experience the wonderment of summer than in Long Beach, NY.  With it’s pristine beaches and sparkling water, Long Beach is the beach destination.  But with the lovely water, comes water in the ears.  Here’s an ENT tip, do NOT use Q-tips to clean those wet ears.

As ear, nose and throat physicians we know that Q-tips can cause ear canal scratches.  When water gets in an open area in the ear canal, bacteria can grow and an infection ensues.  We go swimming and sweat more during the summer, therefore we are more prone to outer ear infections.  As Long Beach residents, the more you are in the water, the great this problem becomes.  So, if you have a history of otitis externa (or outer ear infections) or are a Long Beach water lover, make sure to institute strict dry ear precautions which consist of using ear plugs and using a blow dryer (warm setting).

If your ears continue to bother you, we are here to serve the ear, nose and throat needs of the Long Beach community.

Ear, nose and throat and Allergies in Long Beach, NY

Most people don’t realize it but we are exposed to thousands of potential allergens each day.  In some people, these allergens trigger an excess response and can lead to nasal congestion, post nasal drip and phlegm.  In Long Beach, NY we have extra allergens due to the unique micro climate of being so close to the ocean coupled with the great amount of rebuilding of homes and business after the hurricane.

Some of the more common allergens are dust mites, mold, pollen and ragweed.  As ear, nose and throat specialists, we can swiftly and accurately diagnose nasal allergies and give you treatment that will work right away.  In some cases, avoidance and nasal washes may be all that is required to rid you of your nasal congestion and allergy issues.

Most people are under the impression that they need to see an allergist to diagnose allergies.  Ear, nose and throat specialists also care for patients with allergies and in addition to offering the latest in medical management, we can provide surgical options (if needed) as well.

So if you are in the Long Beach, NY or Garden City, NY area and are experiencing ear, nose and throat allergies, see us.  We would be happy to care for you.