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.