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Nasal Obstruction Specialist

Lake Grove ENT

Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Otolaryngologic Allergy located in Lake Oswego, OR

Nasal obstruction can affect your breathing, sleep quality, and overall quality of life. At Lake Grove ENT in Lake Oswego, Oregon, board-certified otolaryngologists can diagnose and treat nasal obstruction to help you breathe easier. Schedule an appointment with Lake Grove ENT by phone or online today.

Nasal Obstruction Q & A

What is nasal obstruction?

Nasal obstruction is a symptom of an underlying medical problem that blocks nasal passages and can obstruct your breathing. It can be especially problematic while sleeping or during physical activity. Nasal obstruction can cause problems in children and adults of all ages, negatively affecting their quality of life.

What are the symptoms of nasal obstruction?

Common signs and symptoms associated with nasal obstruction include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • A nasal-sounding voice
  • Mouth breathing
  • Nasal drainage
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Loud breathing
  • Snoring
  • Sleeping problems

Seek treatment with the Lake Grove ENT team at the first sign of nasal obstruction to restore your breathing and reduce the risk of complications.  

What are common causes of nasal obstruction?

Common conditions that may lead to nasal obstruction include:

  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Nasal polyps
  • Inferior turbinate hypertrophy
  • Enlarged adenoids in children
  • Nasal allergies
  • Chronic sinusitis 
  • Tumors
  • Congenital malformations

To find out if you have nasal obstruction and to develop an effective treatment, your ENT provider reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. 

They complete a physical examination to assess your nose, throat, and breathing and look for signs of nasal polyps, inflammation, and structural abnormalities. Your provider may also recommend undergoing allergy testing.

Your specialist might use endoscopes, biopsies, X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to diagnose the cause of nasal obstruction.

What are my nasal obstruction treatment options?

Based on the cause of nasal obstruction and its severity, your Lake Grove ENT specialist may suggest one of the following treatments:

Medications

In some cases, taking over-the-counter or prescription oral medications or using nasal sprays can reduce nasal obstruction. Saline rinses may also help clear nasal passages.

Allergy shots

If allergies are the cause of nasal blockages, your Lake Grove ENT specialist offers allergy shots in addition to nasal sprays and oral allergy medications. 

Surgery

Your Lake Grove ENT provider offers surgical procedures to clear your nasal passages in severe cases. They provide balloon sinuplasty and other minor procedures to unblock nasal passages and help you breathe easier.

Don’t live with breathing problems and other unpleasant symptoms of nasal obstruction when simple treatments can offer you relief. Schedule an appointment with Lake Grove ENT by phone or online today.