Do You Suffer With Any of These Symptoms?
- Nasal blockage or obstruction
- Nasal congestion or stuffiness
- Trouble breathing through your nose
- Trouble sleeping
- Unable to get enough air through your nose during exercise or exertion
- Runny nose
- Post nasal drip (drainage down the back of your nose)
- Facial pain and or pressure
If one or more of these symptoms apply to you, you may be 1 of 20 million Americans who suffer with nasal obstruction (nasal blockage.)
What is Nasal Obstruction?
Nasal Obstruction is anything that restricts airflow in and out of the nose affecting one or both nasal passages. Nasal obstruction is usually caused by either swelling of the nasal tissue or an anatomical blockage which results in a narrowing of the nasal cavity and the feeling of the passages being congested.
Causes of Nasal Obstruction
There are several medical conditions which may cause nasal congestion, which include:
- Allergic Rhinitis (Allergies, such as hay fever)
- Non-Allergic Rhinitis (also known as vasomotor rhinitis)
- Sinusitis (sinus infections)
- Environmental irritants (smoke or dust)
- Cold or flu
- Certain medications (such as high blood pressure medications)
Anatomical factors may also restrict airflow and include:
- Deviated nasal septum (crooked nasal cartilage)
- Enlarged turbinates (bony structures within the nasal cavity
- Nasal valve collapse or NVC (weak nasal cartilage, which collapses inward when a person inhales)
- Polyps (benign growths with the nasal and sinus cavity)
- Enlarged adenoids (back of the nasal passage)
- Nasal tumors (benign or cancerous)
Nasal obstruction is a nuisance to say the least. It may limit or prevent physical activity, make sleeping difficult or even cause snoring and obstructive sleep disorders (OSA), all of which has a huge impact on quality of life.
The St. Louis Sinus Center specialists in all treatments of nasal obstruction. We can provide a thorough diagnosis and customized treatment plan so you can get back to enjoying life!