Sinusitis Specialist

Nilesh Patel, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors & Otolaryngology located in Midtown, New York, NY

As a leading ear, nose & throat doctor in the New York City metro area, Dr. Patel helps patients resolve the symptoms of sinus and allergy issues, and provides advanced treatments when necessary to help prevent symptoms from recurring.

Sinusitis Q&A

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that occurs when the sinus cavities develop infections caused by viruses, bacteria or even some types of fungi. The naturally warm, moist environment is an ideal place for these germs to grow and thrive. In healthy sinuses, fluids drain away preventing germs from building up. But when sinuses become blocked from mucus or other causes, an infection can develop, causing symptoms like headache, facial pressure, post-nasal drip, thick mucus discharge, bleeding when blowing your nose, snoring and difficulty breathing. Sinus infections often occur after a cold or allergy flare-up, but people who have chronic infections may have anatomical issues that cause frequent blockages and need to be addressed.

How is sinusitis treated?

Although a mild infection may clear up with nose drops or nasal sprays, many infections require antibiotics to kill germs and prevent the infection from getting worse or spreading. Using a dehumidifier when sleeping can help with breathing issues and even resolve snoring associated with the infection.

See some of our patient reviews about diagnosing and treating sinusitis below.

"I have been going to Dr. Patel for about eight and a half years now. I found him via a friends high recommendation. I had always suffered from sinus issues. Allergy season was the worst as everything would just get caught in my sinuses and cause so much havoc! I couldn't breathe and they would always turn into infections that were so painful.

One day Dr. Patel suggested that I think about doing a Turbinate Reduction - of course I immediately google it and where it seemed a bit intimidating I trusted Dr. Patel and his advice. So in May 2014 I went to his beautiful office at 20 East 46th Street for the procedure. I was nervous but again I trusted in Dr. Patel and his results.

About a week after I noticed tremendous changes! I was no longer suffering from not being able to breath and swollen sinuses! I went a whole allergy season without issue and NO SINUSITIS- which before was at least a few times a month! Here I am about two and a half years later and it is still just as wonderful! I would highly recommend this procedure to anyone that has my issues. I am writing this because Dr. Patel and his staff are wonderful, truly care and produce results. They are lasting! Thank you again Dr. Patel!" - K.L. (Yelp)

"Dr. Patel saw me for a last-minute appointment to evaluate a sinus condition which was getting worse by the hour. He was thorough, efficient, and kind and I was relieved and grateful to have been seen and treated without any prior history." (ZocDoc)
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