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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
February 15, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: nasal obstruction  

Find out what could be causing your nasal obstruction and what you can do about it.

Having trouble breathing out of one or both nostrils? If so, you may find yourself having trouble sleeping at night, or dealing with snoring and other complications. That’s why it’s important to find out what’s causing your nasal obstruction so that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk can provide you with the nonsurgical or surgical treatment you need to improve nasal breathing.

What is nasal obstruction?

A nasal obstruction is a symptom that occurs as part of a bigger sinus problem, which can cause an individual to have minimal to no airflow through either one or both nostrils.

What are the signs of nasal obstruction?

The most classic and obvious signs of nasal obstruction are a stuffy nose and not being able to take a full breath through your nose. You may also experience,

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble breathing during exercise
  • Runny nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Headaches

What causes a nasal obstruction?

There are many reasons why you may deal with nasal obstructions. If the problem is acute you could be dealing with,

  • A sinus infection
  • Cold
  • Allergies
  • Environmental irritants
  • Certain medications

If you are dealing with recurring nasal obstructions or a nasal obstruction that won’t go away this could be a sign of,

  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Enlarged adenoids
  • Nasal allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated septum
  • Foreign object in the nose (more common in children)
  • Enlarged turbinates (bony parts of the nasal cavity)
  • Structural deformities of the sinuses
  • Genetic abnormalities of the nose
  • Tumors or growths

How are nasal obstructions treated?

The treatment or treatment options that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor recommends will be based on the cause of your symptoms. For example, certain nasal sprays can shrink nasal polyps and treat allergies, while a balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can open up blocked sinuses due to chronic sinusitis. Minimally invasive surgeries can also be performed to remove tumors and correct deviated septum and other structural abnormalities.

Nasal breathing is incredibly important for your overall health and wellbeing, so dealing with a nasal obstruction can leave you feeling horrible. Don’t ignore your symptoms when our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty can create a custom treatment plan that can help you feel better. To schedule a consultation, call us at (314) 447-4995.