Nasal Congestions and Obstruction

Nasal Congestions and Obstruction

Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion can happen on one or both sides of your nose and can move from one side to the other during the day or night. Nasal congestion can be seasonal or year-round; some patients experience it 24 hours a day while others only have a problem at night when they’re sleeping. The causes are usually simple to identify and can include a deviated septum, chronic sinus infection, allergies, enlarged inferior turbinates, or nasal polyps.

Nasal Obstruction

Nasal congestion, or a stuffy nose, is one of the most common complaints we see in our office. It is just a nuisance for some people, but for others, it severely impacts their quality of life. To some patients, nasal congestion can mean difficulty breathing through their nose, and in others, it will mean that they breathe fine through their nose, but they feel pressure and fullness further up their nose in the center of their sinuses. This is typically due to chronic infection, allergies, or deviated anatomies, such as a septal deviation or abnormally narrowed sinus passages.

Medical treatment for nasal obstruction and congestion

  • Nasal saline rinses
  • Nasal steroid sprays
  • Nasal steroid/antihistamine spray combination
  • Allergen avoidance
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)

Surgical Treatment of Obstructed Breathing & Nasal Congestion

  • Inferior turbinate submucous resection
  • Inferior turbinate radiofrequency reduction
  • Septoplasty
  • Septorhinoplasty for Nasal Trauma
  • Adenoidectomy