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Is nasal obstruction the cause of your congestion?

Nasal Obstruction: Is it the cause of your congestion?

Nasal obstruction, or a blocked nose, can be more than just an annoyance—it can interfere significantly with your daily life and health. From making it hard to breathe to disrupting your sleep, the effects of a blocked nose are far-reaching. But what exactly causes this condition, and how can you treat it? 

If you're struggling with this issue, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment today with Capo Nose and Sinus.

Symptoms of Nasal Obstruction

Nasal Obstruction often leads to sinus issues and pain, but you may not realize there are more ways a blocked nasal passage can affect your quality of life:

Snoring and Sleep Problems: A blocked nose can lead to snoring, which might disturb your sleep or the sleep of others.

Pressure and Pain in the Sinuses: When your nasal passages are blocked, it can lead to sinus pressure, resulting in discomfort or even headaches.

Postnasal Drip: This occurs when excess mucus drains down the back of your throat, causing irritation and cough.

Reduced Sense of Smell and Taste: A blocked nose can temporarily diminish your senses of smell and taste, making meals less enjoyable.

Causes and Types of Nasal Obstruction

Several underlying causes can result in an obstruction. The specific cause will also determine the type of obstruction you have.

Underlying causes of obstruction include:

Allergies: Allergens like pollen, dust, and pet dander can cause the tissues in your nose to swell up, leading to obstruction.

Structural Abnormalities: A deviated nasal septum or enlarged turbinates can physically block your nasal passages.

Sinus Infections: Common infections, including the common cold or sinusitis, can lead to nasal swelling and congestion.

Nasal Polyps:These are soft, noncancerous growths that develop on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses due to chronic inflammation.

Other Factors: Exposure to tobacco smoke or dry air can also contribute to nasal congestion.

Types of obstruction include:

Acute Nasal Obstruction: This type is temporary and usually happens with colds or other infections. It comes on fast and goes away in a week or two.

Chronic Nasal Obstruction: This long-lasting type is often due to allergies, nasal polyps, or a bent nasal septum. Managing it usually involves long-term treatment or sometimes surgery.

Allergic Nasal Obstruction: Caused by reactions to things like pollen or pet dander, this type makes your nose feel blocked due to an allergic reaction.

Structural Nasal Obstruction:  A physical problem inside your nose, like a bent septum can block the airflow. Correcting this type of issue usually requires a surgical procedure.

Infectious Nasal Obstruction: Infections such as sinusitis can block your nose by filling it with mucus or pus. Treatment depends on the cause, such as taking antibiotics for bacterial infections or home remedies for viral infections.

Non-allergic Rhinitis: This condition causes a runny or stuffy nose without any allergy triggers. It can be caused by irritants like smoke or sudden changes in weather.

Nasal Obstruction Treatments

Medication: Over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids, can provide relief from allergy-induced obstruction and other causes.

Surgical Options: In cases where structural abnormalities or polyps are the cause, surgical procedures like septoplasty or polypectomy might be recommended.

Lifestyle Adjustments: Simple changes such as using a humidifier, staying hydrated, and avoiding known allergens can also help ease symptoms.

Alternative Remedies: Saline nasal sprays or irrigation with a neti pot can help clear nasal passages and alleviate symptoms.

Get Lasting Relief from Nasal Obstruction with Our Minimally Invasive Treatments

Home remedies/medications might not provide relief, and surgery can be too invasive. That’s why we offer several in-office treatments that may offer you relief without invasive surgery or medications. Our treatment options include:

  • Clarifix
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Latera

Nasal obstruction shouldn't control your life

Whether your nasal obstruction is a minor annoyance or a major hurdle, it's important to address the issue to improve your quality of life.

If you are tired of struggling with nasal obstruction, take the first step towards breathing easier. Schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms and explore your options for nasal obstruction treatment.