If you have had a cold, you certainly know what it feels like to have nasal blockage. The nose can become blocked for a variety of reasons, including:
- Common cold
- Bacterial Sinusitis
- Deviated Septum
- Nasal Polyps
- Obstructive Adenoids
- Trauma to the nose
Medical Causes of Nasal Blockage
Medical causes of nasal blockage, such as colds, bacterial sinus infections and allergies, can typically be eased with nasal sprays, over the counter antihistamines or antibiotics. However, if nasal blockage becomes an ongoing or reoccurring problem, there could be a more serious explanation.
What is a Deviated Septum?
One of the most common causes of nasal blockage is a deviated septum. The septum is the wall that divides your nose down the middle and separates the nostrils. Normally, the septum is straight and causes no problems, but a deviated septum often twists to one side, blocking airways to one side of the nose, and it can cause other problems such as facial pain, sinus pressure and sinus infections.
Treatment for Nasal Blockage
The first step in treating ongoing or reoccurring nasal blockage is to determine the cause. Once the cause has been identified, treatment options can be discussed. If you suffer from nasal blockage, give Atlanta ENT a call today for a consultation.
Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President, Atlanta ENT