Nasal Obstruction

What Are the Symptoms of Nasal Obstruction?

The symptoms of nasal obstruction include:

  • Stuffiness or congestion
  • Trouble breathing through the nose
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty getting enough air

Nasal obstruction is the blockage of the nasal passage and can be caused by a number of factors, including cold and flu, infection of the sinus, allergic rhinitis, large and swollen nasal turbinates, a deviated septum, nasal cysts, and polyps.

Many of these causes can be corrected using medication. In some cases, nasal obstruction surgery becomes necessary in order to restore or improve airway function.

Rhinoplasty to Correct a Nasal Obstruction

Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery used to improve various aspects of the nose. While cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery improves the appearance of the nose, functional rhinoplasty surgery restores the function of the nose.

Functional rhinoplasty is commonly used to resolve numerous causes of nasal obstructions, including the following:

Deviated Septum: The septum is the piece of cartilage that divides the right and left nostrils. When the septum is crooked, misaligned, or off-center, it results in sinus infections and nasal congestion. It can also cause nosebleeds and headaches. Septoplasty, a type of rhinoplasty, is carried out to realign the septum and clear the blocked nasal passages.

Enlargement of the Turbinates(Turbinate Hypertrophy): The three shelves of bone in the outer wall of the nasal cavity are called the nasal turbinates. Turbinates help to warm, filter and moisten the air that we breathe. If any of the turbinates develop internal air pockets, it causes them to swell and obstruct the airways. Rhinoplasty surgery is carried out for turbinate reduction to improve the nasal obstruction.

Nasal Polyps: These are benign tissue growths that usually develop inside the nasal cavities or sinuses. The symptoms of nasal polyps include a stuffy runny nose and a reduced sense of smell, and they are identical to those of the common cold. Unlike the common cold, however, nasal polyps do not go away without proper treatment. While smaller polyps can be treated with medication, rhinoplasty surgery is needed for the larger ones.

Nasal Valve Collapse: The nasal valve is the narrowest part of the nasal airway and remains open during nasal breathing. A nasal valve collapse is a common cause of external airway obstruction, which mostly happens due to an injury caused by disease, aging, or surgery. A nasal valve collapse is corrected by performing rhinoplasty.

Arrange an Informative Consultation

Because each patient varies in their anatomy, Doctors Stephen and Scott Smith offer customized rhinoplasty surgery to correct the nasal obstruction. If you are suffering from nasal obstruction, contact us and book a consultation immediately so that we can help resolve it.

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