What is nasal obstruction?
Nasal obstruction is a common problem that occurs when the nasal tissue becomes swollen, which narrows the nasal cavity and blocks proper airflow. The majority of airflow to the lungs is delivered through the nose so even a minor nasal obstruction can greatly affect the ability to breathe comfortably. Obstructed nasal passages can cause trouble breathing through your nose, runny nose, post-nasal drip, facial pain, headaches, decreased smell, and difficulty sleeping. Cross Timbers ENT offers minimally invasive treatments to expand the sinuses and help North Texas patients breathe easier. Learn more about nasal obstruction treatment by scheduling an appointment at one of our office locations in Mansfield, Midlothian, or Arlington, TX.
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Nasal Obstruction Causes and Treatments
One cause of nasal obstruction is a deviated septum, which is when the wall between the nasal passages is narrower on one side. Other causes include enlarged turbinates (the bone and soft tissue inside the nose), nasal valve collapse, nasal polyps, and tumors. Sometimes, nasal obstructions are caused by recurrent sinus infections (sinusitis), medications, or allergies. Regardless of the cause, the skilled physicians at Cross Timbers ENT can provide the care you need. An in-office examination will be performed to determine the extent of your nasal obstruction and whether it is caused by an underlying condition. The proper course of treatment will depend on your diagnosis. Sometimes, we prescribe a nasal steroid spray to decrease inflammation. In other cases, patients may choose to undergo an in office nasal procedure, such as turbinoplasty, minor surgical treatment of the nasal valve, or balloon septoplasty. Others decide for surgical management in the operating room under anesthesia.
Nasal Obstruction FAQ
What are the symptoms of nasal obstruction?
There are a few symptoms associated with nasal obstruction, including:
- Difficulty breathing
- Trouble sleeping
- Runny nose
If you are experiencing persisting symptoms of nasal obstruction, you should contact Cross Timbers ENT to schedule a consultation with our certified physicians.
How is a nasal obstruction diagnosed?
In order to properly diagnose a nasal obstruction, a few tests may need to be conducted. These could include a physical exam, endoscope, x-ray, or CT scan. Prior to providing the necessary treatment, our team will make sure to properly diagnose your nasal obstruction and its underlying cause.
How do I know which nasal obstruction treatment is right for me?
The exact treatment needed for your nasal obstruction will be dependent on the root cause of the condition. After your diagnosis, our team will curate a customized treatment plan that best fits your unique needs.
If you experience sinus problems that affect your everyday life, it may be time to seek treatment from an ENT. Cross Timbers ENT offers safe treatment options to get nasal obstruction symptoms under control so you can breathe comfortably again. Learn more about our outpatient nasal airway procedures and see how you could benefit. Contact one of our North Texas office locations today.