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!

Snoring Problems? See an ENT specialist in Long Beach or Garden City!

Snoring is a cause of many “bed-partner” disputes.  From being pushed in bed, to tossing and turning, to waking yourself up, snoring is no fun for you or for your loved ones!

This noise can be more that an irritation and may be a sign of a more serious problem known as obstructive sleep apnea. In sleep apnea, tissue in your throat and upper air passageways collapses in, decreasing air flow.  The result is less oxygen to vital organs.  Over time, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to heart disease and a shortened life span.

I am proud to be one of the few ENT specialists in area to focus on the nasal passageways, sinus disease and sleep problems.  Whether you see us in Garden City or in Long Beach, Ny we will work with you to provide both easy to implement treatments and advanced diagnostics to better your life and the lives of those you love.

At Evergreen ENT, we provide outstanding ear, nose and throat care close to home with a focus on education, diet, lifestyle and holistic care when appropriate.  We look forward to helping you conquer your snoring issues!

Find solutions to your snoring problem today; see us at Evergreen ENT.

Find solutions to your snoring problem today; see us at Evergreen ENT.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make sure you can hear all those sweet words!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my Long Beach and Garden City, NY ENT patients!

At Evergreen ENT in Long Beach and Garden City, we want to make sure that your hear your loved one this Valentine’s day and every day.

Hear your loved ones!

Hear your loved ones!

Take these easy steps to maintain your hearing and ear health:

1. Schedule an annual hearing test once a year, if you are over age 50

2. Do not use q-tips as they may cause damage to your ear canal

3. If you are prone to wax build up schedule an appointment so that we can remove it safely

4. Turn the TV volume down

Follow these tips to get better ENT ear health today and tomorrow so you can those you love and the wonderful sounds of Long Beach, NY!

Love your sinuses this Valentine’s Day at Dr. Shah’s Long Beach Ear, Nose and Throat office

Happy Valentine’s Day!  As you buy gifts for your special someone remember to take care of yourself too!  This Valentine’s Day come check out our newest technologies/advances/holistic therapies at Evergreen ENT’s office in Long Beach, NY and Garden City, NY.

With our latest treatments you will come to love your sinuses as we work with you toward optimum sinus and nasal health.  We will help you embrace your ear, nose and throat and partner with you to tackle even your most stubborn allergies, congestion, sinus, and throat infections.

We are available in our Long Beach, NY to provide ear, nose and throat services on Saturday’s as well.  So call us and make an appointment.  We can be reached at 516-431-0700 and learn to love YOUR sinuses this Valentine’s Day!

Tips from Long Beach Ear, Nose and Throat – Stay healthy!

We are in the depths of the polar vortex and each day seems to bring colder and colder temperatures to our city of Long Beach, New York!  As an ear, nose and throat specialist I am seeing a large increase in patients complaining of nasal dryness, bleeding and/or throat pain.  One of the easiest ways to help combat these issues is to get a humidifier.  Be sure to get one that you can set the humidity percentage (best practice is to keep the humidity at 50%).

Be sure to turn it on a few hours BEFORE you goto sleep for maximum benefit.  In this way, when you hit the sack your nose and throat passageways will get nice moisturized air.

As it seems like the winter in Long Beach will never end, take these easy to implement ear, nose and throat tips to heart and stay healthy this winter!  If your symptoms do not get better, be sure to visit us in any of our 4 locations (Long Beach, NY, Garden City, NY, Inwood, NY or Rosedale, NY).

Providing Holistic Sinus Care to Long Beach and Garden City Patients

Wanted to let my Long Beach and Garden City patients know that we are passionate about incorporating holistic treatments to combat sinus disease!  I saw a patient of mine today who had suffered with over 7 infections in the past year.  After putting her on a full nasal treatment plan, incorporating medicines, sprays AND natural treatments, she is doing great!

So if you are constantly fighting nasal congestion, sinus infections, and/or headaches, make an appointment to have us evaluate your ear, nose and throat problems.  We have locations in Long Beach, NY and Garden City, NY.

Here’s to happy nasal health!

Holiday Lights In Long Beach, NY

It warms my heart to see the holiday lights on in Long Beach, NY. One year after the devastating hurricane, people are slowly moving back and rekindling their traditions. From the Menorah to the Christmas tree, the holiday spirit is here. I hope that Long Beach, NY residents know that at Evergreen ENT we are here to serve them today and every day for the years to come! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we at Evergreen Ear, Nose and Throat look forward to a bright, healthy and happy 2014.