Nasal Conditions

Nasal Conditions 2017-05-22T15:15:20+00:00

POSSIBLE CAUSES OF A BLOCKED NOSE

There are many reasons why your nose might constantly feel like it is blocked or you can’t get enough air through it:

INFLAMED NASAL LINING

The tissue layer inside your nose may get irritated by allergies and can swell. These swollen areas narow the air passages, restricting air flow through your nose.

DEVIATED SEPTUM

The cartilage that divides your nasal cavity in half is the septum. Some septums may be
misaligned, or deviated, and cause breathing difficulty if the imbalance is significant.

HYPERTROPHIC TURBINATE

Turbinates, or ridges, of tissue inside your nose that conduct air may swell and cause nasal congestion and blockage.

NARROW OR COLLAPSING NASAL VALVE

The nasal valves inside your nasal passage are narrow “flaps” that regulate airflow. If the valve is too narrow or weak, the airflow may be disrupted and cause blockage.

NASAL POLYPS

Polyps occur in tissue throughout your body. Nasal polyps are typically not an issue, but if polyps grow too large, they block the nasal passages and can cause blockage.

JUST HOW BLOCKED IS YOUR NOSE

Answer each of the five questions below and total your score:

0

Not a Problem

1

Mild Problem

2

Moderate Problem

3

Significant Problem

4

Severe Problem

Nasal Congestion or stuffiness
Nasal blockage or obstruction
Trouble breathing through my nose
Trouble sleeping
Unable to get enough air through my nose during exercise or exertion

SCORE:

0 No obstruction

1-5 Mild obstruction

6-10 Moderate

11-15 Severe

16-20 Extreme