Why Can't I Breathe Through My Nose?

Nasal congestion, stuffiness or obstruction to nasal breathing is a very common problem. It affects people of all ages. Being unable to breathe through the nose can lead to mouth breathing, difficulty sleeping (which in turn can led to daytime fatigue) and snoring. Symptoms range from being a nuisance to some to seriously detracting from the quality of life for others.

Nasal obstruction is often caused by structural problems of the nasal anatomy. Deviation of the nasal septum, enlarged turbinates, twisting or narrowing of the nose and poor support of the tip of the nose are examples of such structural anomalies.

Upper respiratory infections, such as the cold and flu, are also common culprits of nasal congestions and obstruction. Allergic and vasomotor rhinitis are yet other conditions that frequently lead to nasal obstruction. Chronic sinusitis is a condition that affects millions of Americans and common source of nasal congestion and obstruction.

Frequently it takes the skill and diligence of a very determined otolaryngology expert to sort out which of these common causes is at the root of your nasal obstruction. Typically, medical management avenues are exhausted before surgery is prescribed.

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