NYC Nasal Obstruction Treatment
Any blockage in breathing through the nose should be evaluated by a physician at our ENT office in NYC. Nasal obstruction can be caused by a variety of factors, including a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal polyps. An abnormality in the nasal anatomy can lead to breathing problems as well as other health issues, such as snoring, sleep apnea, and chronic sinus infections.
Dr. David Volpi is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of experience performing the latest, minimally invasive ENT procedures to treat nasal obstruction, sinusitis, and other ENT conditions in New York City. As a nationally-renowned ear nose and throat doctor, Dr. Volpi is highly qualified to diagnose and treat your nasal conditions. Learn more about nasal obstruction below, or request an appointment online.
Some common causes of nasal obstruction
The septum, composed of cartilage and bone, separates the two nasal passages. A septum that is not straight and in the middle of the nose is considered to be deviated. Depending on the severity, deviated septums can impede the flow of air and mucous in the nose.
Nasal turbinates are small, bony structures inside the nose that are covered with mucous membranes. They function to warm and cleanse inhaled air before it reaches the lungs. When the mucous membranes on the turbinates become inflamed, the turbinates swell and cause an obstruction. Enlarged turbinates can result in a stuffy nose, headaches, snoring and even sleep apnea.
A polyp is tissue growth in the lining of the nose. If the tissue protrudes into the nasal passage it can cause a blockage and impede airflow and other normal nasal functions, such as drainage.
A prolonged bacterial infection in the nasal passages can cause nasal obstruction, which can also cause an increase in the growth of bacteria.