Dr. Vandana Kumra

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
New York, NY
31 years experience female

Locations

ENT New York

New York, NY

Address

234 Central Park West, New York, NY
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

2125801486

Office

New York, NY

About

Bio

I am an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon providing expert care for general ENT problems with a special interest in Sinus Disorders/Infections and Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease. I am Board Certified and have been practicing in New York for 15 years. My goal is to provide outstanding and c

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

English, Hindi

Doctor Q&A

48 Answers
19 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
It varies: Cough can linger after the causative infection is gone, so the answer to your question is that it can last for a few days or even a few weeks.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
See doctor: Likely a viral infection, but may need treatment. Could be a herpes infection, or other treatable infections.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: There is no medicine that makes the polyps go away. They have to be removed. Also, they can grow back over time. Usually, the procedure is straight... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Virus?: If the symptoma have just started, drink lots of fluids, take fever reducers and get some rest. If they persist, see your doctor.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Two weeks: Ask the doctor that performed the procedure, i usually ask my patients to wait 10-14 days before swimming.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
URI: It may be viral, it may be bacterial - if her symptoms linger or get worse, she should see her doctor so they can evaluate and consider medical treatm... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Watch it: If the discomfort just began, you can treat it symptomatically with pain medications. It is likely secondary to a viral infection. If it persists, s... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Allergies, infection: Treatment depends on the cause of your sinus pressure and congestion. You can try antihistamines if you think allergies are causing your symptoms. T... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Pain meds: Nonsteroidal medications like Aspirin or Ibuprofen will likely help with throbbing ear pain. See a doctor if symptoms persist.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
ESS is...: Using endoscopes and other instruments in the nose to enlarge narrowed sinus openings, generally with the surgical field magnified and visualized on a... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Air pressure changes: Sounds like eustacian tube dysfunction, where your ear pressure is not equalizing normally. You can try decongestants, or see your ENT doctor for oth... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
See doctor : If your ear is blocked, it will be very uncomfortable to fly. You should have the cerumen removed before the flight.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Steam, saline: Steam will give you temporary decongestion, nasal saline spray, or nasal irrigation will likely help as well.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Virus: May be many different viruses, including the flu, although that is less likely because you had a flu vaccine. Hope you feel better soon!
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Gargle: If you have debris coming off a tonsil, drink more fluids and gargle several times every day. If symptoms persist, see an ent.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: It is used to suppress the cough reflex n the lungs and air-passages.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
If it bothers you.: There are medications available over-the- counter to loosen the mucus in your throat. If your soreness persists, you may have a bacterial infection a... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Steam, nasal saline : You can also take over-the-counter medications for pain (like tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil) and congestion (puedoephedrine). You can also use nasa... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Sinusitis: Sounds like your mucus doesn't clear easily. You may have a deviated septum, and rhinitis or sinusitis (inflammation of the nose or sinuses). You sh... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes, but: Nasal decongestant sprays should not be used regularly. Oral decongestant pills can be taken with acid reducers.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Mucinex (guaifenesin) can thin your mucus, and the -d in mucinex-d stands for decongestant and can dry your nose/sinuses out.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Acid reflux?: If your symptoms have lasted for some time, you should see your doctor. Various associated symptoms may be indicative of certain issues, but coug... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: The areas are connected by proximity and shared neurologic channels.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Post-nasal drip.: When you have a nose bleed, blood can go posteriorly and drip into your throat. That can irritate your throat, causing you to cough up the blood.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Antibiotic drops: Usually drops are used, as well keeping the ear dry (no water exposure).
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: Image guidance can be helpful though, particularly if the mucocele is in the superior or posterior ethmoid, or there has been previous sinus surgery. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx (lower throat). It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Irritation: Cough can come from your lungs or your throat. There are many different causes, including, but not limited to, infections, reflux irritation, chronic... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Gargle: Sometimes gargling can dislodge the debris in your tonsils. If you are trying to push out the stones, you may be causing the bleeding. If you are no... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Otc mucus medications should be safe if used as directed. See your doctor if the symptoms worsen.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Duration and extent of the fungal infection, and type of treatment can effect the time for resolution of the infection.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: The sinuses are deep to the skin and the ice packs will not affect them directly.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: Fever can occur, but many ear infections occur without fever.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Meds: There are medications that help suppress dizziness/imbalance. These do not treat the underlying cause of the infection, but can make you feel more st... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: There is no connection between the two problems.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Many causes: If the dryness is new, it may be dehydration, a medication side effect, or part of an infection. If it lasts longer, work-up would consider the above... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Pressure change: The swelling in and behind your nose causes the tube that goes from your nose to your ear to not work properly, thus the pressure change in the ear ma... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Nasal saline spray: Many sinus infections are viral. Over-the-counter medications can make you more comfortable, like anti-inflammatory meds (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc) and... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Flossing: Flossing once daily, along with brushing after every meal, will lower cavity risk tremendously!
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Nasal saline: The bleeding is likely from the initial trauma. If there is no active bleeding, just blow gently. Use nasal saline to keep the mucus moving and the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
No: I don't beileve so, although highly polluted areas may cause more reactive airway disease, and may cause nasal congestion as part of this.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Many factors determine the successful treatment of mouth cancer. Location, size, spread and possibly papillomavirus association have effects on survi... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Nothing: You should take antibiotics as prescribed, as your doctor has given you a specific dose to treat a specific problem. If you don't take the medicati... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: After tonsillectomy, most people have significant pain for several days. Many tonsil infections can also be quite painful. Remember, after tonsil... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Rhinosinusitis: Increased mucus due to irritation in the nose and/or sinuses can cause this. It sounds chronic. You should see an ENT to see if they can look and de... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
It shouldn't.: Perhaps you are not focusing - your objective hearing ability does not change due to fatigue, but your concentration and thus comprehension may decrea... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Gargle: The mechanical action of gargling can dislodge stones. I recommend gargling 2-3x/day. Do not pick at the stones with q-tips etc, as that can cause b... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Many types: Soreness can be due to infection - bacterial, viral, fungal. It can also be due to lesions, autoimmune reactions and direct irritation from foreign b... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kumra is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kumra is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kumra is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for your advice, I had a CTscan as this was suspected and nasal passage was narrow but palatable, 2 small polyps were found.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you I guessed it could be thyroid..

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1992MD

Awards

Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Manhattan, NY - Winter
2013
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