Nasal Problems

Congestion and other nasal issues can make you feel miserable and affect your ability to breathe easily. Here are five common nasal problems and discusses treatment options.

Allergic rhinitis— Your nose is particularly sensitive to the effects of allergens in the air. Exposure to pollens, grass, weed, or mold can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including, sneezing, congestion, runny nose, pain and pressure in your sinuses, itchy nose, eye, ears, and throat.

Non-allergic rhinitis— Non-allergic rhinitis is caused by exposure to strong irritants, such as smoke, dust, pollution, and strong odors which can cause the problem. We can help relieve symptoms with the use of certain medications and in-office procedures.

Nose Bleeds— Nosebleeds happen to nearly everyone occasionally and are usually caused by dry nasal passages or a blow to the nose. Saline nasals sprays and water-based nasal gels help moisten your nasal passages. If your nosebleed is severe, it may be necessary to cauterize a blood vessel within the nose to stop the bleeding.

Deviated septum— Your septum is made up of bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils. Although many of us have deviated septums, in most cases the deviation is minor and doesn’t affect breathing. If the deviation is severe, you may experience, congestion, difficulty breathing, frequent sinus infections, nosebleeds, headaches, postnasal drip, snoring and sleep apnea.

Nasal Polyps— Nasal polyps are small growths that occur on the lining of your nose. Although they’re usually benign, they can make it more difficult to breathe, cause runny noses and sinus pain, and increase your risk of sinus infections. If your polyps are large and other treatments haven’t been unsuccessful, we may recommend surgery.

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