COMMON TREATMENT OPTIONS
Nasal congestion may be caused by many conditions. Typical solutions your doctor may recommend include:
A simple course of medication to reduce swelling of interior nasal tissue may ease the passage of air.
A surgical procedure to remove excess tissue from an enlarged turbinate. May be performed in hospital or doctor’s office, with typical recovery time of a few days.
A surgical procedure to straighten and correct a deviated septum. Usually performed in a hospital under general anesthetic. Full recovery can take several weeks, and results are typically very good.
A surgical procedure to widen or stiffen the nasal valve. Usually performed in hospital under general anesthetic. Recovery may take several weeks.
A surgical procedure to remove polyps found in the nasal passages. Usually performed in hospital under general anesthetic. Average recovery time is two weeks.
A surgical procedure to improve drainage of the sinuses. Usually performed endoscopically, with general or local anesthesia. Recovery time varies based on extent of procedure and may take a few days to two weeks.
Do you have a Blocked Nose? Take This Test.
Place one to two finger tips on your cheek on either side of your nose and gently press and pull outward to open the nasal valve. If you can breathe in through your nose more easily your obstruction may be in the front part of your nose.