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Nasal Obstruction

What is nasal obstruction?

What is nasal obstruction?

A nasal obstruction occurs whenever air flow through the nose is impeded due to any reason. It is also known as a nasal blockage and can occur in one or both nostrils.

Nasal obstructions are often caused by allergies or sinus infections and are temporary. However, nasal obstructions could also be a symptom of common diseases like septal deviation, rhinitis, nasal trauma, or adenoid hypertrophy.

In some cases, nasal blockages get cleared by themselves, while medical intervention is required in others.

Types of nasal obstruction

Types of nasal obstruction

Nasal obstructions can be of many types. Excluding the instances of nasal blockages caused due to the insertion of foreign objects in the nasal cavities, nasal obstructions can be caused due to the following reasons.

Deviated nasal septum

The nasal septum is the bony wall in the nose that divides the nasal cavity into the right and left sides. If the nasal septum is crooked, it is called a deviated septum. It is very common.

Most people have a septum that is crooked to some degree. In most cases, the deviation is not serious enough to cause nasal blockages.

However, in some cases, a deviated septum can lead to chronic runny noses and breathing difficulties.

Choanal atresia

Choanal atresia is a congenital condition marked by a narrowing or blockage of the nasal airway by tissue.

It is believed to occur when the thin tissue separating the mouth and the nose area during foetal development doesn’t dissolve by itself and remains after birth.

Oversized adenoids

Adenoids are a patch of tissue located at the end of the nasal cavity. They help to prevent foreign particles from entering the body through the nasal passage.

When enlarged, these adenoids can cause nasal obstruction and breathing difficulties.

Inferior turbinate hypertrophy

Turbinates are bony structures located inside the nose.

The turbinate tissue can become inflamed for many reasons, such as respiratory infections, colds, allergies, reactions to certain medicines, etc.

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, non-cancerous growth on the nasal passages or the lining of the sinuses.

These polyps are usually painless but may cause breathing difficulties and nasal obstructions.

Signs and symptoms of nasal obstruction

Signs and symptoms of nasal obstruction

Some common signs and of nasal obstruction symptoms are:

Suffering from nasal obstruction can also negatively impact the quality of life and affect alertness, productivity, and energy levels. Since many people with nasal obstruction cannot get high-quality sleep, their risk of accidents also increases.

Causes of nasal obstruction

Causes of nasal obstruction

Nasal obstructions can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

Diagnosis of nasal obstruction

Diagnosis of nasal obstruction

The doctor may use several techniques to diagnose nasal obstruction.

How is nasal obstruction treated?

How is nasal obstruction treated?

Nasal obstruction is a common problem faced by millions across age groups. In many cases, nasal obstructions resolve by themselves within a few hours or days. In some cases, medical intervention is needed.

Treatment for nasal obstruction may include the following:

How to prevent nasal obstruction?

How to prevent nasal obstruction?

While there are no 100% guaranteed ways to prevent the occurrence of nasal obstruction, some simple steps can be taken to minimize the occurrence:

Conclusion

Conclusion

Nasal obstruction is a common medical issue that can be effectively managed and even cured with proper medical care. If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with nasal obstruction, it is natural to feel concerned.

At the CK Birla Hospital, we have experienced ENT specialists offering you customized cutting-edge treatment options for nasal obstruction. Their precision based approach to treatment will ensure a speedy and effective recovery. Book an appointment with Dr Anish Gupta to avail the best nasal obstruction treatment.

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