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Complications That Can Occur Because of Sleep Apnea Sep 1st, 2021

Has anyone ever told you that you snore loudly? Do you have difficulty concentrating, or do you feel groggy and poorly rested? These are just a few signs of sleep apnea, a disorder that describes pauses in breathing while you sleep.  At ENT New York, Dr. Vandana Kumra has extensive...

Avoid Swimmer’s Ear This Summer Aug 8th, 2021

Swimmer’s ear describes an infection in the outer ear canal, often leaving a visible area that appears red and sore.  The ear canal connects the opening of your ear to the eardrum. And, if water stays in this narrow channel, bacteria can grow, leading to swelling, irritation, or infection —...

Myths and Facts About Allergies Jul 4th, 2021

Allergies are one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States. In fact, over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies in some form every year. For being such a common occurrence, allergies are often overlooked. Over time, you may even develop allergies to things that you were previously...

What Can Your Doctor Discover During a Hearing Exam? Jun 6th, 2021

As a child, you likely took a hearing exam at some point when you were in school. You may remember feeling excited that you were missing class to take a test that has nothing to do with your spelling words that week. The significance of those tests may not have...

A Closer Look at Your Vocal Cords May 13th, 2021

Your vocal cords are more important than you may think. The ability to speak is just one of the functions your vocal cords provide. Understanding their duties and importance can help you keep them healthy. That’s why the healthcare professionals at ENT New York are giving you a closer look...

Different Types of Hearing Loss Apr 12th, 2021

The sense of hearing is such a gift. There’s nothing quite like listening to your favorite song or hearing the voice of a loved one. In a more practical sense, being able to hear keeps us safe from potential dangers, like an oncoming train, and lets us know when to...

Vocal Problems: How a Medical Evaluation Can Help Mar 9th, 2021

You use your voice every day for myriad reasons, from communicating your needs to singing your favorite songs in the car. When those abilities are hindered by blockages or damage, it can be extremely disruptive. Vocal health is so important, which is why our team at ENT New York offers...

What Causes a Mass in the Neck? Feb 10th, 2021

Discovering a lump in your neck can be jarring. Your first instinct is likely to panic, but don’t do that just yet — most neck masses are benign, or noncancerous. That being said, it’s important to have the mass checked out by your doctor in order to determine the underlying...

Am I a Good Candidate for Sinus Surgery? Jan 8th, 2021

If you suffer from chronic sinus problems, sinus surgery could be the answer you’ve been looking for. But don’t let the word “surgery” fool you. Most of the time, sinus surgery is minimally invasive, meaning there’s less cutting and bleeding so you recover faster. You’ll even go home afterwards unless...

The Many Benefits of a Voice/Throat Evaluation Dec 1st, 2020

A voice or throat evaluation can uncover everything from harmless polyps to cancer. So, if you’ve had a lingering sore throat or hoarse voice for weeks, it’s time to get checked out by our experienced ear, nose, and throat doctor, Vandana Kumra of ENT New York. She sees patients with...

What to Expect During Allergy Testing Nov 1st, 2020

Are you tired of having allergic reactions without knowing exactly what’s causing them? Are allergy symptoms like watery or puffy eyes and itchy skin driving you nuts? Maybe you already take over-the-counter allergy medicine but still can’t get any relief. It’s time to stop feeling miserable! Dr. Vandana Kumra of...

How to Tell if Your Child Has an Ear Infection Oct 5th, 2020

Adults and children can get ear infections from bacteria or viruses like the common cold. They’re very common and treatable. But, what can you do if your child is too young to tell you their ear hurts? Dr. Vandana Kumra of ENT New York offers this advice to parents.  What...

Trouble Hearing? It May Be Time For a Hearing Assessment Sep 17th, 2020

Hearing naturally declines as we age, but hearing loss could also be caused by exposure to loud noises over time. Maybe you think everything is fine, but a friend or loved one mentioned you should get your hearing checked. Sound like you? It may be time for a hearing assessment....

Treatment Options for Goiters Aug 10th, 2020

The thyroid gland plays an important role in regulating metabolism, or how the body processes food into energy. When the thyroid is underactive or overactive, problems can develop that affect your overall health and wellness. Sometimes, an early sign of a problem is a goiter or an abnormally large thyroid...

Entering Phase 3 of Reopening NYC Jul 5th, 2020

Hello valued patients! As NYC and the tri-state area enters phase 3 of reopening, Dr. Kumra continues to be here for you. We are adapting to these great changes and working to maintain the same great, high-quality patient care, while simultaneously, ensuring your safety in our office. As we continue...

Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction May 6th, 2020

The symptoms of thyroid dysfunction differ for an underactive thyroid — called hypothyroidism, and an overactive thyroid — called hyperthyroidism. About 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, so it’s very common and treatable. Dr. Vandana Kumra of ENT New York is an ear, nose, and throat specialist...

The Plan To Reopen May 1st, 2020

Hello patients and friends- I wanted to give you all an update on the current plan to start seeing patients in my office again.  For the past six weeks, I have mainly been seeing patients through video chat or over the phone, with a few exceptions for urgent problems. It...

Telemedicine available. Stay connected with your doctor! Apr 27th, 2020

What is Telemedicine?Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other. Modern technology has enabled doctors to consult patients by using HIPAA compliant video-conferencing tools.Benefits to utilizing Telemedicine.As a result of the current situation - sheltering in...

Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous? Apr 10th, 2020

Snoring can be a nuisance to your bedmate and maybe even something you joke about, But, if one of you has sleep apnea, it’s not something to take lightly. The snoring and snorting and gasping for breath can be dangerous if not treated.  Dr. Vandana Kumra of ENT New York...

Top Signs of a Deviated Septum Mar 4th, 2020

Have you ever heard of a deviated septum? It’s a common condition that could be making it harder for you to breathe and lead to other health problems. Dr. Vandana Kumra of ENT New York is an ear, nose, and throat specialist who treats patients of all ages with a...

An Evaluation of Your Throat Can Reveal More Than You Might Think Feb 1st, 2020

Many of us have experienced a sore throat with a bad cold, cough, allergies, or postnasal drip. These conditions are common and can make you miserable. But, do you ever give your throat a second thought after you finish your homemade chicken soup and are feeling better?  Dr. Vandana Kumra,...

Pain in Your Teeth? It Could Be Your Sinuses Jan 1st, 2020

Toothaches are more than just painful; they're worrying. No one likes having to go to the dentist, and no one likes having cavities or damaged teeth. But the cause of toothaches isn't always related to the teeth themselves. Your teeth lie dangerously close to your sinuses, which can cause pain...

Here’s How GERD Affects Your Throat Dec 2nd, 2019

Your body has a way of telling you when you’ve eaten more than your stomach can handle: Abdominal pain, bloating, and belching are quick to follow, along with a burning sensation in your chest and throat and the unpleasant taste of acid in your mouth.  While virtually everyone experiences heartburn...

What to Expect From Sinus Surgery Nov 7th, 2019

If you’re getting ready to have sinus surgery, you might be feeling anxious or even scared. Don’t be; thanks to a large number of technological advances over the last few decades, this procedure is minimally invasive in many instances. In fact, recovery is even faster than it once was, causing...

What Makes Children More Susceptible to Ear Infections? Oct 22nd, 2019

If you have small children, the odds are good that you’ve encountered an ear infection or two. In fact, three out of four infants have an ear infection by the time they’re 3 years old, and many experience multiple infections during this time. If you’re wondering why there’s such a...

It's Not Just Snoring: Why You Shouldn't Ignore Sleep Apnea Sep 1st, 2019

Is your snoring keeping your spouse up at night? Before you look into getting separate beds or rooms, you should seek an evaluation for sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting about 18 million Americans. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive. If left untreated,...

What Happens If Your Thyroid Is Out of Balance? Aug 1st, 2019

If your thyroid gland isn’t working quite right, this could lead to lots of problems. Your thyroid produces important hormones that regulate many functions in your body. If your thyroid is having problems, you could experience weight gain, a lack of energy, mood challenges, and other symptoms. If you suspect...

What is a Neck Mass? Jul 16th, 2019

Lumps or masses in your neck can have a number of origins, ranging from the benign to the concerning. A neck lump could be nothing serious, or it could signal the development of a serious condition like cancer. Benign neck masses occur frequently in children.  Even if you think your...

Stinging Insect Allergies: Get the Facts Jun 20th, 2019

Whether you're dealing with bees in the garden, mosquitoes by the beach, or bedbugs in your home, stinging insects cause pain, irritation, and inconvenience. If you're allergic to insect bites, a sting can be a serious problem, necessitating medication or a trip to the doctor. Dr. Vandana Kumra, MD, one...

Did You Know That Sleep Apnea Raises Your Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death May 16th, 2019

If you find yourself waking up tired after what you thought was a full night’s sleep, or know you are snoring loudly, you may have sleep apnea — when you stop breathing during sleep or when your breathing is partially or fully blocked. Clearly this can be a dangerous thing...

Who Should Have a Hearing Assessment? Apr 4th, 2019

Most of us grew up with a parent who suggested, on more than one occasion, that we should have our hearing checked. Selective hearing aside, hearing loss is a clear and present danger and affects 48 million people in the United States, of all ages, though it’s more prevalent among...

Get a Jump Start on Preventing Spring Allergy Flare-Ups Mar 1st, 2019

Sneezing? Check. Sniffling? Check. Red, watery eyes? Check. It must be spring allergy season. The good news is there are steps you can take to reduce the misery that accompanies it. With a yearly price tag of over $18 billion and the dubious distinction of placing sixth on the list...

Myths and Facts About Balloon Sinuplasty Feb 7th, 2019

Chronic sinusitis can make your life miserable, and when common treatments fail to control your symptoms, you may wonder where else to turn. Balloon sinuplasty may be the answer. Chances are, you haven’t heard of this procedure before or what you’ve heard may be confusing. One thing you should know:...

How Long Do Allergy Shots Take to Work? Jan 18th, 2019

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, nearly 8% of U.S. adults have hay fever and as many as 30% of people have allergic rhinitis. Nearly 9% of teenagers are living with a food allergy that makes them vulnerable to potentially deadly anaphylactic shock. Nearly 40% of children have...

3 Signs Your Child May Need Ear Tubes Dec 21st, 2018

Ear tubes, technically called tympanostomy tubes, are small plastic (sometimes metal) tubes that are surgically inserted into the eardrum. This provides a channel for air, allowing it to flow freely into and out of your child's middle ear, effectively preventing most ear infections. While tube insertion is a very low-risk,...

Could You Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know it? Nov 26th, 2018

True or false: If you snore, you must have obstructive sleep apnea. The answer: False. Plenty of people snore, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Snoring can be caused by lots of issues, including colds, allergies, and even the structure of your nose and sinuses. Here’s another one...

Are You a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty? Oct 31st, 2018

Traditional surgery for sinusitis involves cutting, the removal of bone and tissue, and a lengthy recovery time for patients. That is why so many people are curious about Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP), which is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. Given the fact that sinuplasty is so effective and non-invasive, a lot of...

8 Signs Your Child May be Suffering From a Hearing Loss Sep 19th, 2018

The National Institutes of Health estimates that for every 1,000 babies born in the United States, 2-3 have some level of hearing loss in one or both ears. Although your child got an all-clear at the hospital, and passed their last hearing test, too, you’ve noticed some changes that have...

What is Immunotherapy and Can it Cure My Allergies? Aug 17th, 2018

There are many medications available that do a good job of controlling the periodic itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and other symptoms caused by allergies. But when you’re forced to spend entire seasons hiding from pollen or have year-round issues that keep you feeling miserable more days than not, immunotherapy that...

How to Prevent and Treat Swimmer’s Ear Jul 13th, 2018

Whether your child is on a swim team or just loves the pool, they can develop an infection known as swimmer’s ear, which is a painful condition caused by water remaining in the ear when they get out of the pool.What is swimmer’s ear and why does it occur?Swimmer’s ear...