Obstruction of the nasal cavity might block the airflow in and out of the nose. It can be temporary during a cold, allergy, sinusitis, etc. If your nose is blocked due to deviated nasal septum, inferior turbinate hypertrophy, choanal atresia, nasal polyp or adenoid hypertrophy, then you might need surgical intervention.
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I breathe through my mouth due to nasal airway occlusion. Will this problem remain permanent if left untreated?
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? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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... Read Full »
Can my mouth breathing habit lead to sleep apnea?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 19. I am partly a mouth breather since childhood. I mean, I breathe through my mouth only while sleeping. Is it harmful? Will I get sleep apnea? I am a thin guy with no snoring issues. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query about mouth breathing. I would like to say that yes, eventually it causes enlarged tonsils as well as adenoids, and causes a nasal obstruction leading to obstructive sleep apnea. It can happen in any body type. If your nose is blocked because... Read Full »
How do I overcome a blocked nose due to dust allergy?
Query: Hello doctor, I have allergies to dust and temperature changes. I get headaches frequently around my eyes. I breathe through the mouth during the night and sometimes in the day. My nose is almost always blocked. I also have huge under eye bags, a protruding brow bone, and a bigger lower lip becaus... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let us discuss your problems one by one. Before you undergo any surgery for this issue(s), you must know for sure if you have an allergy. Allergy is a form of hypersensitivity by your body to substances which do not elicit such a response from other individuals. Als... Read Full »
If an out fracture of the inferior turbinate is performed, can it heal to its original position?
Query: Hi doctor, If an unwanted out fracture of the inferior turbinates is performed, would it be possible for the underlying bone (inferior nasal concha) to heal back into one piece if it is set and splinted into its original position? Also, how long after an out fracture would one have to have this rese... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Out fracture of the inferior turbinate is a surgical procedure sometimes done for hypertrophy of inferior turbinate causing nasal obstruction. Mostly it is done along with some septal surgery such as septoplasty and is rarely done as a standalone procedure. ... Read Full »
I have nasal blockage on one side of my nose which gets better with exercise. What should I do?
Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing blockage on one side of my nose for one year. However, when I do work out, the blockage clears. Now the symptoms are worsening, and I could not sleep properly.Kindly help me with this. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the clinical information you have shared, you most likely have hypertrophic inferior turbinates. There might also be a slight deviation of the nasal septum. The fact that the nasal obstruction clears with exercise is reassuring because usually with changes in ... Read Full »
Is it possible to avoid surgery in case of a nose block and enlarged nasal bone in my friend?
Query: Hi doctor, My friend has been diagnosed with acute sinusitis. He underwent CT scan of the sinuses and was recommended surgery due to blocked nose and enlargement of the nasal bone. Please recommend if surgery can be avoided. I have attached his CT scan report. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for posting your query. I have seen the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Surgery is not absolutely essential. A three weeks course of antibiotics along with nasal decongestants can be tried. Based on the relief from symptoms, the f... Read Full »
Can I survive without surgery in a colder region if I have a bent nasal bone?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 25-years-old, and I have a nasal problem. My nasal bone is bent, I have a blocked nose on the left side of my nose, and I have breathing difficulty when I get cold. I am now working in colder regions. Can I survive there with this nasal problem, or do I need to get operated? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on what you shared, if you have a persistent nasal block on the left side at all times and if it is affecting your day-to-day activities or if you are getting recurrent sinusitis on the left side, I would suggest you consider getting operated. If there are allergi... Read Full »
My nose feels partially obstructed and my head feels swollen. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, My nose feels partially obstructed, and my head feels swollen. What to do? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nasal obstruction most commonly occurs due to nasal congestion secondary to allergy or infection. But sometimes it could be due to Deviated Nasal Septum (DNS), which requires examination or x-ray of PNS for confirmation. Most likely in your case, it is nasal congestion ... Read Full »
Why does my ear remain blocked even after doing septoplasty?
Query: Hi doctor, I recently got a septoplasty. My problem started two months ago when I had a breathing problem, and my ear was also blocked. I used to have mild pain in my ear. The doctor checked my ear, and he said it is fine. He said that my Eustachian tubes are blocked, and I had a deviated nasal s... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The Eustachian tube blockage due to nasal septal deviation may take some time for complete recovery. The tube takes time to decongest, as nasal mucosa takes time to heal. Take an oral decongestant and nasal decongestant drops. Get an impedance audiometry done and send me ... Read Full »
After puberty, I feel hard to speak in a normal tone. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about my voice. As a kid, I had a raspy voice the entire time until puberty. After I hit puberty, I do not think my parents noticed anything, but people have said I sound like Kermit the frog or that I need to stop mumbling. The problem I have is that I have to try qu... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your nose is blocked then you may have nasal polyps or some nasopharyngeal mass like adenoid or may have deviated nasal septum. For that, an endoscopy or CT scan is required. It may alter the voice. After ruling out these possibilities, you can consult a speec... Read Full »