CONGESTED & STUFFY NOSE
CAUSES AND TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR NASAL CONGESTION & STUFFINESS
WE OFFER 15 MIN-IN OFFICE PROCEDURES TO PROVIDE QUICK & LASTING RELIEF
WHAT CAUSES STUFFY NOSE OR NASAL CONGESTION?
Can’t breathe through your nose? Persistent or chronic nasal congestion can be due many reasons, among the most common ones are allergies, sinus inflammation or infection also called sinusitis, nasal inflammation also called rhinitis, septal deviation (crooked bone/cartilage inside the nose) due to trauma or at birth, nasal polyps or swellings in the nose or nasal valve collapse or narrowing.
We believe our patients deserve to breathe, smell, taste and enjoy life.
WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR STUFFY NOSE RELIEF?
Have persistent stuffy nose or nasal congestion. We offer Quick in-office procedures called inferior turbinate reduction, Latera® or a radiofrequency procedure for nasal valve obstruction. When done for the correct diagnosis, these procedures may offer immediate relief. So, if you or your loved one has persistent nasal congestion despite trial of OTC fluticasone or a nasal steroid, we may recommend one of these procedures or a combination of these.
Book your appointment with Dr. Khetarpal if you are experiencing these symptoms to determine the cause of your stuffy, congested nose. He is patient and meticulous in his care and will design a personalized treatment plan to help you breathe again.
WHAT ARE INFERIOR TURBINATES?
The inferior turbinates are shelves of bone, one on each side inside the nose, that often get congested from allergies, weather changes, intake of certain foods, stress, sinus inflammation, changes in atmospheric pressure or even when one gets excited prior to or during sex. They may also get congested with certain drugs such as tamsulosin, blood pressure medication or others.
WHAT IS THE NASAL VALVE?
The nasal valve is the region of the nose that includes the area seen as a crease on the outside of the lower part of the nose. In certain individuals, breathing in this crease area will be seen to collapse inwards causing breathing difficulty. Read more >>
WHAT ABOUT OTC (OVER-THE-COUNTER) MEDICATIONS?
Many individuals will try over-the-counter medicines such as sinex® spray or Afrin® or Equate® spray which may help but these sprays should never be taken for more than 3 days due to habit-forming and rebound congestion when stopped. Other individuals will take Sudafed or Zyrtec D®, Claritin®, or Allegra-D®. The decongestant part in these medicines can increase your risk of high blood pressure and therefore these decongestants are not recommended for more than a few days. A trial of nasal steroid spray and/or nasal strips such as Breathe Right® may be recommended before the in-office procedure.
CONTACT US NOW TO SEE IF A QUICK TURBINATE REDUCTION OR NASAL VALVE SURGERY IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
We offer Quick in-office procedures called Inferior Turbinate Reduction, Latera®, or a radiofrequency procedure for nasal valve obstruction. At Texas Sinus, Allergy, Snoring & Sleep Institute, we believe in the importance of educating our patients and developing a personalized treatment plan for care.