Nasal Congestion – Why Do I Have It?
Congestion is a real problem. Not being able to breathe through your nose is very disruptive to everything you do. During the day mouth-breathing is uncomfortable; it dries out your mouth and everyone keeps asking “do you have a cold?” Not good. At night snoring is worse (your partner will confirm that for you), your sleep is disrupted, and that dreaded dry mouth is back.
Why does this happen? Could be a number of things. Allergies are common culprits. That inflammation causes swelling of the turbinates (found on the inner sides of the nose) that fills up the air space. Sometimes those turbinates just get stuck in that larger state and no matter what is in the air, you can’t breathe. The septum can block your breathing as well. It can be bent, folded, crooked, pointed, and if your nose has been broken it may be crumpled. Obviously if it is deviated you can’t move air past it.
So, what to do? Well, there really are three options:
Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS