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Do adults with nasal airway occlusion and breathing through the mouth need treatment for cognitive symptoms?

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Answered by

Dr. Oliyath Ali

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At September 30, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 9, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have to continuously breathe through my mouth due to nasal airway occlusion, which leads to concentration problems. Will this remain permanent if left untreated in adults? Will adult patients require treatment for managing cognitive or learning symptoms?

Answered by Dr. Oliyath Ali


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Mouth breathing in adults due to obstruction of nasal passages can be treated with medicines or surgical procedures depending on the cause of nasal obstruction. For example, a structural deformity leading to an obstruction like deviated nasal septum or concha bullosa can be managed with surgical procedures. In contrast, other causes like chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps can be managed with optimum medical treatment. Regarding cognitive or learning difficulty, its treatment and success will depend on the extent of impairment, but it is manageable.

The Probable causes

The probable cause is deviated nasal septum,

Investigations to be done

I suggest you get a CT (computed tomography) scan of your nose.

Differential diagnosis

The differential diagnosis is cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and nasal polyps

Probable diagnosis

The probable diagnosis is deviated nasal septum

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Oliyath Ali
Dr. Oliyath Ali

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)

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