Nasal Obstruction

Nasal Obstruction

nasal-obstructionNasal obstruction or congestion blocks the nasal passages, causing difficulty in breathing and discomfort. The common causes of a nasal obstruction include anatomic abnormalities of cartilage, bones and membranes in the nose, and inflammation. Although over-the-counter medications, allergy shots, antibiotics, and nasal sprays may provide relief, the patient might require a surgery if there is an anatomical anomaly.

What Causes Nasal Congestion?

Structural Abnormality
Deformities of the nose and nasal septum (deviated septum) may cause difficulty in breathing through the nose. Another cause of obstruction can be enlargement of adenoids tissue (tonsil-like tissue present at the back of the nose).
Allergy
An allergic reaction to mold, pollen, animal dander, and dust also causes stuffy nose or nasal congestion. The body reacts to these allergic substances by releasing histamine and similar substances that leads to excess production of watery or thick clear nasal mucus and congestion.
Infection
A viral or bacterial infection causes the body to release histamine, a chemical that increases blood flow to nose and results in swelling. The nasal membranes as a result become congested with blood and produce extra mucus that blocks the nasal airway. The infection also can result in the production of purulent mucous causing discolored nasal secretions that obstruct the nose and drain into the throat causing a cough.

Treatment for Nasal Congestion

At Houston Plastic Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery, we have ENT specialists and state-of-the-art equipment to effectively manage and treat all nasal disorders, with congestion or obstruction being no exception. The initial approach of doctors at Houston Plastic Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery is to look for the least invasive method to provide relief from nasal congestion. If, however, required, they may also use endoscopic techniques for turbinate reduction and septal deviation correction.

Consult an ENT Specialist, Today!

Don't let nasal congestion impact your qualify of life. If you are troubled by chronic congestion, let the team of ENT specialists at the Houston Plastic Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery diagnose the problem and suggest a safe and effective way out. To schedule an appointment, call us at (713) 791-0700 or fill up the form on the right.

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