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"New, FDA-Approved Treatment Helps Nasal Congestion"

  • NBC News Five
  • New York, NY
  • (September 03, 2019)

Nasal congestion can be treated with over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs or even surgery as a last resort. But now, an FDA-approved therapy means patients can be treated in the doctor's office and avoid the unpleasant side effects and recovery time of an invasive treatment. David Gorovoy said he has had a tough time breathing through his nose for years. It's especially hard on the medical resident who is often on duty or on call. "Mainly. I wasn't getting a great night sleep and I would snore too," he said. Gorovoy said he tried medication, but had no relief. At least not until Gregory Levitin, MD, senior faculty of otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offered Gorovoy an in-office therapy called ClariFix. ClariFix uses cryotherapy to freeze nerves at the back of the nose that are out of balance. According to Dr. Levitin, “It takes about 15 minutes to make them numb, and literally less than a minute and we've made a big difference. It's only the small area here at the end that actually touches the patient in the back of the nose, and we apply that to the back of the nose where the nerve exits out.”

— Gregory M. Levitin, MD, Senior Faculty, Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

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