Do you have difficulty breathing through your nose?
Breathing through your nose delivers about 70% of the overall airflow going to your lungs. Nasal airway obstruction limits airflow through the nose for more than 20 million Americans accompanied with significant consequences to their quality of life.
Symptoms of nasal airway obstruction can include:
- Nasal congestion, stuffiness, blockage or obstruction
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Difficulty sleeping and snoring
- Inability to get enough air through your nose while exercising or exerting yourself
What Causes Nasal Airway Obstruction?
• Deviated Septum
• Valve Collapse
• Enlarged Turbinates
• Chronic Sinusitis
Nasal congestion can be due to chronic sinusitis, a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal valve collapse. This condition interrupts your sleep and makes it challenging to exercise.
The nasal valve is just inside your nose and is formed by structures consisting of tissue, cartilage and bone. Even a slight narrowing of the nasal valve area can lead to significant reduction in airflow. A structural blockage at the lateral (side) nasal wall can occur because the cartilage in the wall is weak or overly flexible. When you inhale, the weak cartilage allows the wall to collapse inward, blocking air intake. This is known at Nasal Valve Collapse and may equal or even exceed septal deviation as the prime cause of nasal airway obstruction.
People who suffer from Nasal Valve Collapse sometimes describe it as the feeling of having a clothespin on their nose.
Don't let your Quality of Life suffer because of Nasal Airway Obstruction
Are you suffering from a blocked nose?
Try the simple Cottle Maneuver to find out!
Place one or two finger tips on your cheeks on either side of your nose. Gently, press and pull outward. This temporarily opens the nasal valve. If doing this helps you inhale more easily through your nose, the nasal obstruction is likely to be in the nasal valve, in the front part of your nose. We offer a couple office treatments that will permanently allow you to breathe like this.
Effective office treatments are available at Pittsburgh Sinus Centers.
Call our office today to find out more about procedures to help with your sinus problems.