Nasal obstructions can make inhaling air uncomfortable or noisy, and you may resort to breathing through your mouth. If you have a blockage in your nasal passages, the team at Advantage ENT can help. At their offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the board-certified otolaryngologists provide expert diagnosis and advanced treatments to address your nasal obstruction. For expert relief of your breathing difficulties, call the Advantage ENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Nasal obstruction is a blockage inside your nasal passages that affects your breathing. Blockages may develop as a result of an injury to the nose, or from numerous other causes, including:
Congenital conditions are ones you develop before you're born. A congenital nasal abnormality might result in you having one nostril that’s much smaller than the other or some tissue misalignment.
Nasal polyps are benign (noncancerous) growths that are typically soft and painless. You could also develop a tumor in your nasal passages, but this is less common.
Some nasal obstructions are due to severe inflammation of the tissues lining your nasal passages, which can happen if you have allergies like seasonal rhinitis (hay fever). Swollen adenoids can also cause an obstruction if the swelling pushes into your nasal passages.
One common type of nasal obstruction is a deviated septum. In this condition, the cartilage separating your nasal passages is off-center, making one path narrower than the other.
The Advantage ENT team thoroughly assesses patients to determine the cause of their condition.
Nasal obstruction can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
Throughout the day, it's normal for your breathing to switch between nostrils. It happens without you noticing unless you have a nasal obstruction. If you do, then the air trying to go through the narrower passage can be irritating and uncomfortable.
The Advantage ENT team begins the diagnostic process with a review of your symptoms and medical history. Then they carry out a thorough examination of your nasal passages. They might use a lighted instrument called an endoscope to see up your nose.
In some cases, you might have to undergo further diagnostic imaging tests to assess the cause of your nasal obstruction. Your provider could also apply a decongestant spray to the nasal passages to see if your symptoms improve.
Some patients find that medications like decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal steroid sprays help if the blockage is due to inflammation. However, these are only effective when there's no structural abnormality, so they don’t work for obstructions like a deviated septum.
If your blockage is due to a tumor or polyps, your provider may recommend removing the tissue. Structural abnormalities might require surgery to open the nasal passages.
If nasal obstruction is causing you problems, get the relief you need at Advantage ENT. Call or request an appointment online today.