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

Doctor Q&A

1.0K Answers
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Worry not: This is something i can tell you is something you do not have to worry about now, tommorow or ever. Leave your ear canals alone and clean wax only wh... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Usually, not always: Most apnea patients are over weight. However, I have many patients who have severe apnea and they are thin. If you have an obstructed airway, nose, to... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Labyrinthitis is not diagnosed with either ct or mri. It is a clinical diagnosis, meaning a diagnosis that is made by your symptoms and examination. T... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Probably not: Painless firm lumps could be palatal tori. Which are painless bony lumps that for some reason form in certain peoples mouths. See your dentist or an E... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Unlikely: The parathyroid glands are small and rarely give rise to rumors that can be felt in the neck. The best thing for you to do is have a doctor examine yo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Unlikely: Most nodules are benign but like any growth rarely they can be malignant. Some nodules may be premalignant and over time - especially in smokers - the... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Sometimes: In some people the hearing aid will lead to a stimulation of wax production and in some the aid will prevent the wax from its normal clearing from the... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines are my choice for patients whose tinnitus prevents them from sleeping. Klonopin is especially effective. Other medications that help i... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not much: Perhaps some slight tinnitus or trouble understanding people in background noise.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Rarely: The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to have it become a neutral sound. The brain does not pay attention to stimuli that are felt to be unimportant. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Yes, it is infected and you need an antibiotic. Although it might be viral, the likelyhood of bacterial infection is so high i treat cases like yours ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Usually yes: Most apnea patients are obese and weight loss can improve and sometimes cure them depending on the degree that their obesity narrows their airway. The... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Unlikely: If someone has airway obstruction and bad snoring they can have something called "upper airway resistance syndrome" or "pre-apnea." sedatives or narco... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Many possibilities: Anything from allergy to infection to anatomical obstruction and back again. The symptoms you describe are very common and you really need to see your... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Probably not: If your child is growing well and is otherwise healthy the runny nose is probably of no importance. If, however, he is coughing, sick, congested, not ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
This may be normal: Everyone experiences the "nasal cycle" in which structures inside the nose called "turbinates" alternately congest and decongest. This usually occurs ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Antibiotics?: Usually 3 episodes of tonsillitis a year for 3 years, or 4 for two years or 7 in one year are basic criteria. These episodes should include antibiotic... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Jaw precautions: Soft diet, antiinflammatories, ice 20 min 3 to 4 times a day, see your dentist for an nti mouth guard. You might also need medication. On occasion ph... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Decongestants: For 3 days and 3 days only you could try some over the counter decongestant nasal spray such as afrin. You can also take sudafed and then try to clear... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
An ENT: Usually hpv warts are not on the tongue. They like the soft palate, uvula and tonsils. An ENT doctor can check you and clear you.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Many reasons: Inflammation of the oral cavity can lead to ulcers. One of the most common irritants is acid. Coffee, tea, citrus can lead to an acidic state in the m... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Why is it bleeding?: The better question is why is it bleeding and for my purpose what part of your ear is bleeding? Alot more information is needed here. If blood is comi... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Does it bother you?: What i mean is besides the fact that you have a yellow film does it bother you at all? If you're not having pain irritation burning or any other sympt... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: No problem.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Rhinitis: The medical term is gustatory rhinitis. It is extremely common. When you eat your body goes into a secretory state. You saliva glands secrete saliva, ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
May not be an infection: If it is just pain around your ear it may not be an infection. If you are having pain and hearing loss then it may well be an infection. Most cases of... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Remove the object: The very first thing you must do is get rid of the ring or whatever object you have in your lip. Once removed use hot moist soaks on the area and get ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
In general not good: In general otc inhalers are not great. Like otc nasal sprays that can cause rebound and problems if used for more than a few days in a row. If you nee... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Its your nose: The constantly stuffy nose leads to mouth breathing which in turn leads to your dry mouth and throat. Fix your nose and the mouth and throat improve. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
See a doctor: For right now get some tylenol (acetaminophen) then get to a doctor. Without more information it's hard to know what's going on but a "severe" headach... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends on airway: You need an ENT evaluation including a fiberoptic scope of your airway. The key areas for concern are your nose, tongue base, tonsils, palate and uvul... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Possibly: Pain in the neck and shoulder is often associated with pain in the upper neck and jaw. This pain and spasm can compress nerves that supply sensation t... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Local issues: Biggest side effect is nasal inflammation and bleeding. To minimize this, when you put the sprayer in your nose angle the tip to the outside corner of... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Ear infection?: Sometimes doctors may not accurately diagnose "ear infections." if you have only pain and no difficulty hearing an no discharge or drainage you may ha... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Incomplete killing: Mutations in bacteria that lead to resistance can occur when bacteria are exposed to antibiotics in doses that are not strong enough to kill them. The... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Risk vs. benefit: If the benefits to you of having a surgical procedure are so significant that they outweigh the risks of the proposed procedure then have the surgery.
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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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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No worries: Mucinex (guaifenesin) is safe to take. It will not cause any issue to you or your unborn.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Wrong diagnosis?: Possibly a wrong diagnosis or wrong treatment. Sounds like you should get another opinion.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Salivary glands: There are three sets of salivary (spit/saliva) glands. The parotid (in front of both ears), the submandibular (just under the mandible on both sides) ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not just snoring: The real issue is feeling tired. If you wake up and feel you could sleep for several more hours, if you could or do nap during the day, if you fall as... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Inflame vs infect: Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses. Both can be caused by either bacteria or viruses. Both can be cau... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Cancer in the throat: The throat is the area known as the "pharynx". The pharynx is divided into 3 parts. The area behind the nose (nasopharynx), the area behind the mouth ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: These symptoms have nothing to do with meniere's disease. Meniere's is classically defined as fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
ENT specialist : An ENT physician is well trained in all aspects of head and neck cancer. Some ENT doctors (especially those at major teaching facilities) only see hea... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Good question: Alcohol, by itself, is not nearly as strong a risk factor for oral cancer as alcohol and smoking. Inflammation of the oral cavity can increase the ris... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Forget surgery as a treatment option.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
It is possible : If a nerve was trapped and injured in a fracture line then decompressing the nerve can help. In my 22 years of practice I have had 3 patients who were... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Doubtful: I am unaware of any study showing improvement.
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Testimonials
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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
Good Answers, provide helpful feedback
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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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