Nasal blockage can cause restricted airflow in the upper airway and can be caused by a medical condition or injury to the nose. There may be discomfort and health issues resulting from nasal passages becoming partially or completely blocked. Nasal blockages could be the result of nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates, deviated septum, or nasal valve collapse. Dr. Gary Linkov at City Facial Plastics will determine what is causing the blockage and treatment needed.
Common Nasal Blockage Issues
Nasal Polyps: Nasal polyp is a painless benign growth on the lining of the nose or sinuses. A group of larger nasal polyps can block nasal passages, lead to breathing problems, lose the sense of smell, and have frequent infections.
Enlarged Turbinates: Nasal turbinates are narrow passageways that help warm and moisten the air that flows through the nose. When the turbinates become too large they block the flow of air which causes breathing problems, frequent infections, and nosebleeds.
Deviated Septum: A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall or nasal septum between the nasal passages is displaced to one side making one nasal passage smaller. A severely deviated septum can block one side of the nose by the swelling of tissues lining the nose and reduce airflow.
Nasal Valve Collapse: A nasal valve controls the amount of air that flows in and out. When the nasal valve collapses it makes it difficult to breathe and feels like the nose is blocked. There are two types of nasal valve collapse: external and internal. Nasal valve collapse can happen on one or both sides of the nose.
When nasal passageways are blocked breathing is forced through your mouth causing snoring and sinuses from draining. Other symptoms of nasal blockage could include nasal congestion, runny nose, facial pain, headache, pain in upper teeth, and loss sense of smell.
Expert Nasal Blockage Treatment with Dr. Gary Linkov
Nasal blockage treatment will depend on the severity of the issue. Reducing allergens in the home and medications may alleviate some of the symptoms of nasal polyps and enlarged turbinates. If the symptoms are unresponsive to conservative treatments and medications then surgery may be recommended to reduce the size of the turbinates or polyps. When there is a deviated septum or nasal valve collapse and the symptoms are severe surgery may be needed. Septoplasty and functional rhinoplasty are two options to repair a deviated septum or nasal valve collapse.
Dr. Gary Linkov at City Facial Plastics specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is an expert in helping patients improve the functionality of their nose through nose surgery. Dr. Linkov will meet with the patient and evaluate the cause of the nasal blockage. Dr. Linkov will work with each patient and determine the individualized treatment plan that will meet your goals.
If you are ready to breathe easier and are seeking improved nasal function, call Dr. Linkov at his City Facial Plastics offices in NYC and Staten Island today to schedule your consultation.