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Nasal Obstruction Specialist

Cedar Crest ENT Associates

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists & A Private Medical Practice located in Allentown, PA

A nasal obstruction can affect your breathing as well as be a source of discomfort and irritation. If you're suffering from nasal obstruction, Theodore Gaylor, MD, and Mikhail Domnine, PA-C, at Cedar Crest ENT Associates in Allentown, Pennsylvania, can help. They offer a range of effective treatments that address the cause of your nasal obstruction and enable you to breathe freely. Call Cedar Crest ENT Associates to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.

Nasal Obstruction Q & A

What is a nasal obstruction?

Nasal obstruction is a problem where something is blocking part or all of your nasal passages so that it interferes with your breathing. Causes of these blockages include:

Injuries

Injuries to your nose that damage the bone and cartilage can cause misalignment or blockages.

Congenital problems

Congenital conditions develop in the womb. Congenital nasal abnormalities might mean your nose doesn't form properly, so you have different-sized nostrils or misaligned tissues. 

A deviated septum, in which the cartilage that divides your nasal passages is out of line, is often congenital; however, it can also be due to an injury.

Growths

Noncancerous growths like nasal polyps tend to form soft, painless lumps. Nasal tumors are also possible but much less likely.

Inflammation

Severe inflammation of your nasal passages can happen if you're prone to allergies like hay fever (seasonal rhinitis) or have chronic sinusitis. Swollen adenoids can cause an obstruction if the tissue pushes into your nasal passages.

The Cedar Crest ENT Associates team thoroughly assesses your condition at your consultation to determine what's causing the problem and how they can best help you.

What symptoms does a nasal obstruction cause?

Nasal obstruction may cause symptoms such as:

  • Snoring
  • Noisy breathing
  • Feeling of pressure in the nose
  • Mouth breathing
  • Facial pain
  • Heavy breathing
  • Problems sleeping

Breathing naturally alternates between your nostrils without you being aware of it. If you have a nasal obstruction, it disrupts this normal pattern, causing irritation and discomfort.

How is a nasal obstruction diagnosed?

Your provider at Cedar Crest ENT Associates begins by asking about your symptoms and looking at your medical history. Next, they perform a thorough inspection of your nasal passages using an endoscope (an instrument with a light on its end).

If the initial exam doesn't provide sufficient information, you might undergo other diagnostic imaging tests such as an MRI to assess your nasal obstruction. Your provider might also give you a decongestant spray to see if it improves your symptoms.

What treatments are available for nasal obstruction?

If inflammation is causing your nasal obstruction, medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, and steroid sprays may help. Blockages from tumors or polyps in your nasal passages are likely to require surgical removal.

Structural causes of nasal obstruction like a deviated septum also benefit from surgery.

If nasal obstruction is affecting your everyday life, find a solution by calling Cedar Crest ENT Associates today or booking an appointment online.