Monthly Archives: March 2014

Attention Long Beach Asthmatics – You may have allergies!

Many of my patients with allergies also have asthma.  Did you know that there is medical reason for this association?  Asthma and allergies are both caused by inflammation and there is a common step in the immune pathway that can trigger both asthma and allergies. So if you have asthma, you may have allergies as well.

Unfortunately, many patients do not know about this common association.  Untreated nasal allergies (even minor ones) can lead to increase nasal congestion, post nasal drip, which in turn can trigger worsening asthma.  Long Beach, NY has unique allergens as it gets direct ocean breezes.

If you have asthma, you should be seen by an ear, nose and throat specialist.  We are conveniently located in town and it would be our pleasure to help you enjoy the outdoors this spring – allergy free!

Spring Arrives in Long Beach, NY and Garden City, NY along with allergens

So long winter coats, hello dresses, baseball hats and flowers!  After the long dark days of winter, spring seems to finally be here!  Long Islanders are breathing in the spring air and listening to the wonderful sounds of birds chirping.  But as we know, spring on Long Island tends to be a tricky time.  It seems that all at once the pollen count jumps causing nasal congestion and itchy eyes!

One question I get all the time is when to see an allergist and when to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.  If you have nasal congestion, my advice would be to see an ENT specialist.  Using our specialized tools (including nasal endoscopes) we can see deep into the nose to determine which parts of the nose are congested.  ENT specialists can also determine if you have a sinus infection.

Garden City has an abundance of wonderful flowers leading to increased allergen counts, whereas Long Beach has different beach foliage and off the water winds leading to increased blowing/dispersion patterns.  If you get congestion, headaches or difficulty breathing see an ENT specialist.  With our advanced training and specialized tools, we will take care of your nasal congestion, sinus problems or snoring issues expediently!

Dizzy? Learn more and get ENT help in Long Beach, NY and Garden City, NY

How common is dizziness?  It turns out, very common.  Over 90 million Americans suffer from dizziness or imbalance according to the National Institute of Health.  It occurs in 1.8 percent of young adults and over 30 percent in patients over 65.  Given these statistics, it is no surprise that I see a large number of patients in Long Beach and Garden City who complain of imbalance.

Many causes of dizziness are readily treatable. When you come in to see us, we will perform a comprehensive ear, nose and throat exam as well as hearing tests to assess the health of the ear.  We may decide that you need specialized in depth ENT tests to further evaluate your inner ear, which houses your balance organ.

You deserve the best in ENT health including being steady on your feet!  We look forward to providing you the very best in ENT care; come see us in our Long Beach or Garden City locations.

All Green Things are Good – St. Patrick’s Day in Long Beach

As mother nature hits us with one last winter storm, my thoughts turn to the hopefully warmer weeks ahead.  Four leaf clover and leprechauns dance in my head – it must be St. Patrick’s Day!

Long Beach has long had a vibrant and fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day parade.  But as you head outside and don all things green remember that green can be wonderful year round (especially when you eat green foods).

A patient recently asked me what she should eat to try and combat sinus disease.  I told her to go for the green.  Eating spinach, broccoli rabe and kale are good not only for your overall health but have also been shown to be efficacious in combating sinus issues.

Remember to add eucalyptus to a warm bath or place a few drops into a warm water steam bath for more targeted sinus relief.  So this St. Patrick’s day go out there and celebrate in the streets of Long Beach.  Remember to wear green and eat green.  At Evergreen ENT we are just around the corner in Long Beach should you need us.

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!