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Congratulations! All our physicians have been selected as Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctors 2020.




Top Doctor 2015 Award Dr. ArabshahiCongratulations to Dr. Arabshahi, Dr. Ipakchi, and Dr. Alex Cheng

With a commitment to patient care excellence, once again our physicians Dr. Ipakchi, Dr. Arabshahi, and Dr. Alex Cheng have been selected as Top Doctors Washingtonian 2019!

Deviated Nasal Septum

Posted May 15th, 2018

Estimates are that 80 percent of all nasal septums are off-center, a condition that is generally not noticed. A "deviated septum" occurs when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline. The most common symptom from a badly deviated or crooked septum is difficulty breathing through the nose.

Deviated Septum

What is Tinnitus?

Posted March 20th, 2018

Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. It also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears.

What Is Tinnitus

Recurring or Chronic Sinusitis

Posted March 13th, 2018

For many patients, symptoms vary and may include nasal congestion, facial discomfort, nasal discharge, headache and fatigue. Sinusitis is considered acute when symptoms last 4 weeks or less and chronic when it lasts 12 weeks or longer.


Do You Snore or Know Someone That Snores? 

Posted March 6th, 2018

Do you snore or know someone that snores? Snoring is very common and according to the National Sleep Foundation, affects more than 90 million Americans!

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Why is it important to purchase your hearing aids from an Audiologist?

Posted February 13th, 2018

Once it has been determined that hearing aids are needed, it is best to obtain them from a licensed audiologist. Our audiologists are licensed and certified both nationally and in the state of Virginia. Audiologists receive extensive graduate school training to manage many areas of hearing health care. This includes choosing the most appropriate hearing aid for a particular hearing loss, programming the hearing aids in the most effective manner, fine tuning the instruments based on the feedback and needs of each individual patient, and staying up-to-date on the most recent hearing aid advancements and technology.  Their scope of practice also includes the non-medical evaluation and management of hearing and balance disorders.

Purchasing Hearing Aids From an Audiologist

Why does my child get frequent ear infections?

Posted January 31st, 2018

There are many factors including anatomic, genetic, developmental, and environmental factors that play a role in recurrent ear infections. If you had frequent ear infections as a child, it is possible your child may have the same problem as well. Children in daycare have an increased risk of ear infections because they are exposed to other children who may harbor viruses. Children who are exposed to cigarette smoke at home also have increased risks of developing ear infections.

Ear Infections

Have you been diagnosed with Chronic Sinusitis?

Posted January 23rd, 2018

If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medication, or if you have recurrent acute rhinosinusitis, you may be a candidate for sinus surgery. At Potomac ENT we provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for chronic sinusitis and here is now a less invasive technology used to treat patients with chronic and recurrent acute sinusitis.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinusitis

January 2018 is Thyroid Awareness Month!

Posted January 17th, 2018

The thyroid gland is located in the lower neck and is an organ that regulates your metabolism by secreting thyroid hormone.

Thyroid Awareness Month

Do you suffer from Allergies?

Posted January 2nd, 2018

At the Allergy Center of Potomac Ear, Nose and Throat, we provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of environmental allergies. We perform skin testing for 28 of the most common allergens of the Washington DC metro area. We offer immunotherapy for the treatment of allergies.

Do You Suffer From Allergies?

Dr. Alidad Arabshahi


Dr. Alidad Arabshahi has been appointed as a board member of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Office of Governer Terry McAuliffe on the Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians.  Congratulations!  



Do you or know someone that Snores?

Snoring by itself is not dangerous, although it can be harmful to your relationship with your bed partner! What is more harmful to your health is if your snoring is associated with “obstructive sleep apnea.”

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Potomac ENT is now a Division of The Centers for Advanced ENT Care (CAdENT) as of December 1, 2017

The Centers for Advanced ENT Care, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier provider of comprehensive ear, nose, and throat services, offers patients the highest standard of professional medical care with state-of-the-art equipment at convenient and readily-accessible practice locations.

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Hearing Tests

Posted by Potomac ENT November 29th, 2017

How to take a hearing test? A hearing test often comprises of a number of different examinations which, when taken together, can determine whether or not a person is suffering from hearing loss and to what extent.

Hearing Tests

What is Tonsillitis and How is it Treated?

Posted by Potomac ENT November 22th, 2017

Tonsils are lumps of tissue at the back of the throat. There are two of them, one on each side. Along with the adenoids, tonsils are part of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system clears away infection and keeps body fluids in balance. Tonsils and adenoids work by trapping the germs coming in through the mouth and nose.

What is Tonsillitis and How is it Treated?

What Causes Nasal Congestion?

Posted by Potomac ENT November 14th, 2017

Nasal congestion is usually caused by underlying anatomic abnormalities of the nose and/or inflammation and swelling of the lining of the nose called the “mucosa.”

What Causes Nasal Congestion?

How is Rhinosinusitis Treated?

Posted by Potomac ENT November 8th, 2017

For viral rhinosinusitis, supportive therapy including analgesics, nasal saline, decongestants, and nasal steroid sprays can be beneficial. Viral infections are self limited and usually resolve within 10 days. If symptoms get worse after 10 days, you may have a bacterial infection.

How is Rhinosinusitis Treated?

Top Doctor 2015 Award Dr. ArabshahiCongratulations to Dr. Arabshahi and Dr. Ipakchi

With a commitment to patient care excellence, once again our physicians Dr. Ipakchi, and Dr. Arabshahi have been selected as Top Doctors Washingtonian 2017!

Differences Between Acute and Chronic Sinusitis

Posted by Potomac ENT October 25th, 2017

Sinusitis is common! Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies and may resolve on its own. Chronic sinusitis can last from four to eight weeks and may be caused by an infection or growths and can linger for years, its cause can be hard to pin down and hard to treat.

Symptoms include: facial pain, runny nose, nasal congestion and headache.


Four Things You Might Not Know About Fall Allergies

Are you sneezing, wheezing, have a runny nose and itchy eyes. Or are you just feeling down and defeated? Fall allergies can sneak up on you.

These seasonal allergy management tips can help:

  • Buy a dehumidifier.
  • Stay clean.
  • Check pollen levels.
  • Avoid hanging clothes outdoors to dry.
  • Take an OTC antihistamine.
  • Buy hypoallergenic filters.
  • Use an air conditioner at night.
  • See a doctor if needed.

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Do I need a hearing aid for both ears?

Our ears are designed to be used together- that is why there is one on each side of our head and this is how our brains are wired to process sound and speech.  When hearing loss affects both ears, even if one ear is affected more than the other, it is recommended to use binaural amplification.  Trying to communicate in a noisy environment becomes very difficult when the ears are not balanced.   It is also very difficult to distinguish from which direction sounds are coming when a hearing aid is only used on one ear. Binaural hearing aids can make hearing clearer, less distorted, and more balanced and natural.

Call us for a complementary hearing aid consultation (703) 499-8787 x 5

Hearing Aids

What is Sinusitis? - Overview and Treaments

Posted by Potomac ENT September 13th, 2017

Sinusitis is defined as an inflammation of the sinus lining, and is commonly caused by structural issues such as ostial blockage, bacterial infections, viral infections or a combination of these.

What is Sinusitis?

Dust Allergy TriggersAllergy Dust Mite

Some common dust mite allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes, scratchy throat, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These same symptoms can be caused by a variety of other allergens as well, so consult your allergist for testing.

People who have dust allergies are familiar with sneezing—but sneezing isn’t the only uncomfortable symptom. Dust allergies also give many people a stuffy or runny nose, or cause their eyes to itch or become red and watery. Learn More

Dust Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Red, itchy or teary eyes
  • Wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath

Dust Allergy Triggers

  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pet hair, fur or feathers

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Seasonal Allergy Weed

Ragweed Allergy Potomac ENTThe pollen from ragweed causes allergy symptoms in many people. These symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and itchy throat. While many people regard spring as prime pollen season, one type of pollen wreaks havoc in the late summer and fall. Ragweed pollen usually reaches peak levels in mid-September; this type of pollen can cause seasonal allergic rhinitis (more commonly known as hay fever), which affects as many as 23 million America. Learn More

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Seasonal Allergy Grass

Grass Allergy Potomac ENTAllergy to grasses is very common. Grass allergies can present in a variety of ways, including nasal symptoms (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing), asthma, and eye symptoms (itchy, watery/red eyes). People can also have skin rashes (hives or skin welts) after exposure to grasses, but this is much less common. Grass allergies are prevalent because grass pollen scatters in the wind, which is different from pollen that gets moved around by insects, so you are more likely to breathe it in and thus develop symptoms. In most regions of the United States, grass usually pollinates in the late spring season (April through early June).
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Molds grow quickly in heat and high humidity

Molds live everywhere—on logs and on fallen leaves, and in moist places like bathrooms and kitchens. Some people are allergic to these molds. An allergy occurs when you react to things like mold or pollen (called allergens) that don’t affect most people. Learn more

Seasonal Allergy Pollen

Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours.
Some common symptoms of a pollen allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by an allergist can verify whether you're reacting to pollen or have an allergy to another substance, such as mold, dust mites, or pet dander.

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Did You Know? 

At Potomac ENT we have a robust Allergy Center overseen by a physician that is board-certified in Otolaryngic Allergy and staffed by allergy nurses that handles allergy treatments via immunotherapy! 

Learn more about our Allergy Services

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