VivAer®, the non-invasive frontline treatment for nasal airway obstruction, and RhinAer®, the comprehensive treatment for chronic rhinitis, were featured on BabyBoomers.com, an online resource for those embracing their golden years. In the article, Dr. Roheen Raithatha, FACS, FARS, discussed the changes in nasal anatomy and function that accompany aging, highlighting solutions available to address resulting chronic nasal conditions.
Dr. Raithatha shared, “It’s not just our skin and joints that show the passage of time; the nose also undergoes changes which can impact its function. The nasal tip starts to droop due to a loss of structure, and the skin inside your nose also becomes thinner due to a reduction in collagen and elastin.” He continued, “Inside your nose, subtle transformations are also underway. The nasal valve and cartilage in your nose can weaken, and the side wall of the nose may start to collapse slightly when you take deep breaths.”
These changes typically begin in your 40s, gradually impacting one’s ability to breathe comfortably and maintain optimal nasal health. Dr. Raithatha shared that a common complaint for people over 50 is difficulty breathing through their nose, often stemming from nasal airway obstruction. Although over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays are commonly used to enhance nasal breathing, these remedies may only provide temporary relief, prompting many to explore procedures that address the underlying causes of the nasal blockage for lasting symptom improvement.
Dr. Raithatha notes, “Radiofrequency-based treatments, such as VivAer, effectively shrink the tissue in the nasal valve area (the smallest part of the nasal airway) to improve symptoms of nasal airway obstruction and can be performed in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia, with minimal downtime.” He continued, “VivAer is covered by Medicare and many other insurance plans, making it an appealing option, especially for adults with preexisting conditions or those who may not be good surgical candidates.”
In addition to challenges with proper nasal breathing, older adults often face increased sensitivity to seasonal, environmental, or physical irritants, resulting in chronic rhinitis symptoms such as a constant runny nose, post-nasal drip, congestion, and/or sneezing. For those grappling with chronic rhinitis, Dr. Raithatha highlighted RhinAer as an office-based procedure suitable for individuals who don’t respond to conventional solutions, like nasal sprays, or for those seeking long-lasting symptom relief.
The article concluded by encouraging readers to take charge of their nasal health and seek the professional guidance of an ENT physician to address any symptoms that might hinder their ability to breathe easily and live the life they love.
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