Tens of millions of Americans suffer from nasal obstruction, or partially or completely restricted airflow in and out of the nose.
If you’re struggling with this frustrating condition, here’s what you need to know.
What Is Nasal Obstruction?
Nasal obstruction is a condition where one or both nasal passages are blocked to any degree. Sometimes it’s a physical blockage from a growth, deviated septum, enlarged anatomical structures, or nasal valve collapse, and sometimes it’s caused by irritation and swelling from allergies, sinusitis, medications, or illness.
How Is Nasal Obstruction Diagnosed?
A visit to an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) for a thorough exam and medical history can confirm a diagnosis of nasal obstruction. Symptoms of nasal obstruction include:
- Congestion of one or both nostrils
- Difficulty breathing during physical activity
- Difficulty sleeping
- Headache and facial pain/pressure
- Physical blockage from polyps, growth, or other anatomical causes
- Runny nose or post-nasal drip
How Is Nasal Obstruction Treated?
Diagnosing the underlying cause behind the nasal obstruction is the first step to determining treatment options. For anatomical causes, often surgery to repair a deviated septum or remove a growth is recommended.
Obstruction caused by chronic sinusitis may be relieved with a procedure called balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery to open the airways. Some nasal obstruction is caused by allergies or other environmental elements like exposure to smoke. Avoiding the cause or treating the allergy may relieve the nasal obstruction.
Where Can I Get Relief for Nasal Obstruction in McLean?
The specialists at ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery are experienced in diagnosing and treating nasal obstructions and other nose and sinus concerns. Call us today at 703-448-0005 to schedule an appointment, and experience relief!