A stuffy nose is annoying. You can’t breathe. You sound funny when you talk. You can’t sleep well. And when you blow your nose, sometimes nothing comes out! While many people think that too much mucus causes a stuffy nose – congestion is usually caused by inflamed blood vessels in the sinuses, triggered by a cold, allergies, or sinus issues. Sometimes, a deviated septum can cause difficulty breathing through the nose. We treat all of these issues at Advanced ENT & Allergy Center, providing lasting relief so that you can breathe with ease.
Congestion symptoms include:
- Sinus pressure around the eyes and cheeks
- A runny nose
- Bad breath
- Mucus drainage down the back of your throat
- Decreased athletic performance
- Recurrent sinus infections
Treatments to Make Breathing Easier
We offer treatments for your congestion that range from basic medications to corrective surgeries. We’ll do a thorough examination of your nose, sinuses, and allergies to determine what’s causing your congestion. Together, we’ll choose the best treatment. We offer:
- Medications: Certain medications can reduce swelling in the nose and improve congestion.
- Avoidance and Lifestyle Counseling
- Learning which environmental allergens and household chemicals may be contributing to your congestion will help you stay away or limit your exposure to these negative influences.
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: A simple surgery that enlarges the sinus openings.
- Balloon Sinuplasty: An in-office procedure that uses a tiny balloon to open blocked sinus ducts.
- Allergy Testing: An in-office skin test to determine if allergies (and which ones) are causing your congestion.
- Allergy Drops: Sublingual allergy immunotherapy that can eliminate symptoms, including congestion.
- Septoplasty Surgery: A surgical procedure that corrects a deviated septum and improves airflow through the nose.
- Turbinate Reduction: A surgical procedure that removes excess bone and soft tissue on the inside of the nose to improve airflow.
From Evaluation to Treatment
Our Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians are able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your sinus problems. Our doctors have performed over 10,000 successful sinus surgeries. As certified Otolaryngic allergists, they can help determine the cause of your congestion and offer ways to alleviate your symptoms. They have helped thousands of patients breathe easier and experience lasting relief from congestion.
Frequently Asked Questions about Congestion Symptoms
Anything that irritates the inside of the nose will cause swelling and therefore congestion. The most common causes are allergies, colds, sinus infections, pollution, cigarette smoke, barometric pressure or temperature changes, altitude, dryness, hormonal changes, and chemical exposure.
When we lie down, the inside of our nose naturally swells. Most of us have enough extra room in our nose so that we don’t get stuffy when this happens. But if you don’t have enough extra room, you will get congested when you try to sleep. This makes sleeping difficult, and can cause snoring and sleep apnea.
The thin wall between the nostrils is called the septum – it’s made of cartilage and bone. A deviated septum occurs when this wall is off-center or crooked. This can happen at birth, during growth, or can be caused by an injury. Surgery is the only way to correct a crooked septum.
The turbinates are bone and soft tissue that line the inside of the nose. They help warm and moisturize air as it flows through the nose. Some people naturally have big turbinates. Sometimes things inside the nose cause the turbinates to swell (allergies or a cold). When the turbinates are enlarged, breathing through the nose is difficult. In some cases, a surgery (called turbinate reduction) can help shrink the turbinates and make breathing easier.