Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sneezing? Allergies are here in Long Beach, NY and Garden City as well as all over Long Island.

Have you noticed the sudden uptick in allergies over the past 2 weeks? In Long Beach and in Garden City, NY the allergy situation has really been quite remarkable. In fact, there were so many airborne allergy particles last week that I could not find my car as it was completely covered in pollen. So aside from just “living” with sneezing fits and nasal congestion what is someone to do? Here are a few tips to keep you on track during the allergy season.
1. Try to limit outdoor exposure if you have severe allergies
2. Seek medical treatment/guidance from an ENT specialist
3. Use your prescribed medical nasal sprays on a regular basis
4. Make nasal saline your new best friend. By constantly spraying your nose with saline, you will rinse out the allergens before they cause excess congestion.

Remember, make an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist if you have allergies. I have been happy to help numerous patients in the Long Beach, NY and Garden City, NY areas to lead happier and healthier lives. Here is to a wonderful spring/summer!

The Magic of In-Office Sinus Procedures – Sinus Problems can be overcome.

The last time I experienced a sinus infection, it felt like someone opened up my head and poured concrete in there. Needless to say, it was not a fun experience. Now, I have the privilege to care for patients who suffer from such sinus problems and alleviate their suffering.

Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure for patients with recurrent sinus problems or for patients with one episode of prolonged sinus congestion/infection. It can be done in the office and takes about 2 hours. The procedure involves numbing the nose and using tiny balloons to perform a minimally invasive procedure to open up the clogged sinus drainage passageways.

Here is what my last patient had to say about the procedure:
“Dr. Shah, I am a changed person because of the balloon sinus procedure. I can sleep at night and I feel fantastic. I have more energy and I have not had ONE sinus infection since the procedure. Thank you so much.”

Sinus headache and the Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor

In this very hectic world, many people experience daily headaches. When you find yourself reaching for Tylenol and Advil frequently, it is time to see your doctor.

As an E.N.T. specialist I frequently see patients with sinus pain, pressure and headache. Indeed many of these patients have seen multiple other specialists including primary care doctors and neurologists before finding me. With a thorough history, physical and specialized nasal instruments ear, nose and throat specialists can determine if your headache, nasal pressure, facial discomfort etc. is coming from your sinuses.

Sinus disease can be treated with an in office procedure called balloon sinuplasty. It is in performed in the office and patients have no down time. They return to work the next day. So if you are experiencing frequent sinus pressure and headaches, make an appointment to see an Ear, nose and throat specialist. You can also get more information from this website or on my facebook page:

Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors and Sinus Infections

Spring seems to FINALLY be here in the Northeast. After an unseasonable cold April, flowers are beginning to bloom and pollen can be spotted on cars and sidewalks. Remember as the weather improves, so will the allergen count. Here are a few things you can do to help you enjoy the spring.

1. Remember that colds last no longer than 7 days. The old adage that a cold takes to 2 days to come, 3 days to stay and 2 days to resolve hold true.
2. If you continue to have “cold-like” symptoms after 7 days, you may have a sinus infection. See an ear, nose and throat specialist as soon as possible.
3. Steam inhalation along with eucalyptus drops can help ease the congestion in your face.

Remember E.N.T.’s are specialists for the nose. We are here to help. Now get out there and throw the baseball, toss a frisbee and grill some veggies!