What are the symptoms of nasal obstruction?
Obviously there is difficulty breathing through the nose. This can lead to:
- Loss of taste and smell
- Snoring and disturbed sleep
- A sore throat
- Recurrent sinusitis
- Nasal speech
What are the causes?
Nasal obstruction can be caused by:
- Deviation of the bony skeleton of the nose with resultant nasal deformity.
- Septal deviation – deviation of the nasal septum which divides the nose into two cavities.
- Mucosal swelling whatever the cause eg allergic rhinitis or nasal polyps
How is nasal obstruction treated?
The underlying cause of the nasal obstruction will be identified during your assessment in clinic which will include a full medical history and examination, including nasal endoscopy where indicated. If the problem arises because of an anatomical deformity, such as septal deviation or deviation of the nasal bridge, corrective surgery may be indicated, but other causes of nasal obstruction will often respond to medication