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Dr. David Astrachan

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hamden, CT
39 years experience male

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Hamden, CT

Address

2200 Whitney Avenue, Suite 260, Hamden, CT
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Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut

Hamden, CT

About

Bio

I attended Yale College and Yale Medical School and have lived in the New Haven area most of my life. I did my ENT training at Yale as well prompting one of my son's friends to comment "you are so Blue, you could be a Smurf." (Yale's colors are Blue and white). I have 3 children and have been happily married for nearly 30 years. When not doctoring I enjoy good fine, good TV and movies,golf and singing. I have been in several amateur productions including Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

English

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1.0K Answers
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes : Sometimes a course of oral steroids can be helpful and sometimes actually injecting steroid into the area can be helpful. Have you seen an ENT doctor ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, be concerned: You should be concerned and you need a medical evaluation. If you have anorexia the potential possibilities are too numerous for this type of forum. I... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
An ENG: And eng is a test which we use to evaluate the inner ear and the rest of the balance system. The eyes are hardwired into your balance system and by st... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
That's different: That is a symptom that I have not heard before. In over 25 years of being an ENT doctor no one has ever complained to me that their nipples bother the... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Need more info: I'm not sure what you mean by "nerve pain". I need more information about what you were actually experiencing to know if it is normal.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: No, just take the normal dose and try not to forget again.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Exposure to loud music does not affect how the eustachian tube works. The tube connects the nose with the middle ear space and loud music would have ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Need to see an ENT: You need to have your ear closely examined by an ENT doctor to determine what's actually going on with your ear canal skin. As a general rule hopefull... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: It depends on where your infection was. All you said is that you have mrsa. You didn't say where the infection was and how it originally affected you.... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Why the cough?: As a general rule i hate cough medicine. I'd rather know why it is that you're coughing and treat the cause. As far as interactions with medications s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Dermatologist: Besides making sure that your nose is washed carefully and cleansed you should consult with a dermatologist on the best regimen for your particular sk... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
What pill?: I am pretty up to date on all things going on with ear nose and throat. I know nothing of a "hearing loss pill". If you have information about such a ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Possible: With a high white count and fatigue over five weeks you really need to be seen by your doctor.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Post nasal drip is a feeling and not a clinical condition or a pathological entity. It is that abnormal feeling of mucus in the throat and it can be d... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Inflamed lining: There are a large amount of superficial blood vessels inside the nose and when the lining gets very irritated often there can be blood. You may have a... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Muscle strain?: The chest wall is comprised of ribs and muscles. The muscles of the chest can be strained just like any other muscles leading to tears and discomfort.... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Modify diet: Have you changed your diet? If you continue to eat and drink acidic foods and beverages then you will undo the Nexium (esomeprazole) affect as far as ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Tonsil cheese: What you're describing is very common and goes by variety of different names including tonsil stones, tonsilliths or what i prefer "tonsil cheese." an... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Sounds allergic: Sounds allergic or inflammatory. Any relief with antihistamines? Has he seen an allergist or ent? Lots of options for treatment.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Think reflux: If its only at night it could be a little bit of reflux. Sometimes antibiotics can upset the stomach a bit causing reflux into the throat when laying ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Sure: Muscles can be pulled, spasms occur just from the act if sneezing. If sneezing bothers you it can be helped by addressing whatever is causing your sne... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Nasal steroid sprays may well inflame the tissue lining the perforation. This can lead to bleeding and irritation. For my patients with perforations i... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Advil (ibuprofen) or alleve: Most cases of ear pain in an adult are due to jaw muscles being irritated or inflamed. Anti-inflammatories, soft diet, and ice are very helpful.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not MERS: Typically mers gets much worse after 1 week. If you had it you'd be much sicker. Common things happen commonly and it's much more likely you have a no... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: If you've had it before, when you get blood work done, you'll always test positive for mono. Technically you're always infected with it. Usually the v... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Tonsil cheese : Extremely common and nothing to worry about. The tonsils have cavities, caves and crypts in which old food, shed cells and bacteria can form. Occasion... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Reflux?: Sometimes pregnancy can cause reflux and reflux can cause irritation of your throat and voicebox leading to coughing. If you don't feel sick at all bu... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Reflux precautions: Avoid acidic foods and drinks, do not eat or drink anything for three hours before you go to bed at night, elevate your bed, if possible keeping the l... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Most likely not: You should be ok. Just have some cotton and afrin (oxymetazoline) with you. In the worst case of bleeding take the cotton, wet it with afrin (oxymetaz... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many possibilities for your symptoms. The first thing i thought of is could you be pregnant? Other possibilities include G.I. Disturbances a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Possibly an infection.: If it's swollen and it hurts it is most likely a staph infection of the hair follicles inside your nostril. If there is no pain then it may be a benig... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Nothing or something: It's really depends. A cyst can be completely asymptomatic. You may not even know you have one unless for some reason someone looks in your throat and... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
In many ways: Chewing tobacco is harmful in so many ways i can't even begin. First of all it is carcinogenic and absorption of the chemicals into your bloodstream c... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not sure what u mean: I am not sure what you mean by "knots" on the forehead. Knot is a very vague term that doesn't describe anything that i'm familiar with. Do you mean a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not usually: Lymph node's in the neck are associated with various parts of the mouth. The tonsils drain into the lymph nodes in the upper part of the neck on the s... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, extremely: The area under your chin would be extremely firm and very tender. There would be no mistaking ludwigs angina from a normal neck, even a neck with a la... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Usually: Tonsil stones are fairly common. Eventually most stones are cleared from the tonsil. Some people prefer to squeeze their tonsils or pick the stones ou... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Ice, time: You get a swollen uvula like you described from severe snoring and probable obstructive sleep apnea. The severity of your snoring causes trauma to the... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Sorry, skull traits and appearance reveal absolutely nothing about someone's intelligence or personality.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends : The answer depends on many factors. Whatight be the "best" for you may not be the "best" for someone else. If you have a clear nose and are of normal ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Allergies cause many symptoms, jaw pain isn't one.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Should be 0 : Removing a thyroid nodule should not put the recurrent laryngeal nerve at risk. To minimize problems with vocal cord function you should make sure to ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, but: It is possible but not advisable. Ear wax medicine causes irritation and inflammation of the ear canal skin and this inflammation only leads to the ea... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Several possibilitie: Several possibilities exist. It could be an infection, it could be secondary to reflux or it could be inflamed from some other source. You should be e... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
See an ENT: Your symptoms are not normal and need an evaluation by a specialist.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
See an ENT doc: An ENT can remove them for you simply in the office.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Yes they can. You need to consult with an ENT doctor about your tonsils. Sometimes a course of an antibiotic like Clindamycin can be helpful in changi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Reverse it: Try holding your nose and swallowing and see if that has an effect that actually can reverse holding your nose and blowing. If you still get no relief... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Need a G.I. consultation: This is a problem that is best solved with a consultation with a gastroenterologist. If you have already seen a gastroenterologist and you're not gett... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Relax relax: Best advice i can give is to not make it a science project. Stress significantly reduces the likelyhood of pregnancy. The more you think about getting... Read More
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Jan 4, 2013
Always gives very sound advice. Obviously a very insightful and knowledgable doctor.
Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
Aug 21, 2013
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Thank you so much for your reply.I still have some slight pain in throat but ate dinner as usual with slight pain in throat and chest then had some ginger ale which seemed to help me burp and made me...Read More
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The issue has limited my breathing quite a bit, and I believe it started after an inflammation which resulted from a reaction to mold. I recently tried taking Nasonex, but it didn't help. My sense of ...Read More
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I will. It's been a complicated course- multiple visits including admit through an ER which extended the course. Pedi is not back until Wednesday- will try again tomorrow AM and hope she doesn't retur...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, New Haven, CT - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Connecticut - Winter
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Connecticut - Winter
2013
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