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Nasal Obstruction

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 am suffering from persistent stuffiness of nose. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from constant stuffiness in my nose. My age is 31 and I have never experienced this issue before. I have tried using nasal drops and inhalers, but nothing seems to provide lasting relief. I recently read about nasal irrigation and how it might help with a stuffy nose....  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We value the high level of confidence that you have in us. If you need a long-term solution for your nasal congestion, then I would certainly want to know the cause of your nasal obstruction. A nasal endoscopy in such a scenario is necessary to check for any functional...  Read Full »

My 3.4-year-old son have nasal polyps. Please help.

Query: My 3.4year old kid has nasal polyps which is 3/4th coveres into his left nostril and 1/4th covered in right nostril, he always breaths through his mouth, whenever he does some activity he feels little dypsnea, but never stops being naughty, he snores while sleeping which is more concern to me. Till ...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, welcome to iCliniq Nasal blockade due to any cause be it adenoids or polyps do cause snoring.It is because any obstruction in the the nasal cavity nasopharynx does alter the normal resonating properties of the nasopharyngeal chamber causing snoring. The masses you are seeing are not polyps...  Read Full »

I am 56, suffering from hyposmia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 56 years old and I am suffering from hyposmia since a month, which appeared after a cold with fever and inflammation.  I have been prescribed Flixonase nasal 400 microgram/unit dose nasal drops. I used Flixonase twice daily for about 10 days. At this point I am not sick and infl...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi Welcome in I understand your concern. I would like to tell you that for the sense of smell we have got a sensory mucosa at the top of interior of nasal cavity and it is called olfactory area. To sense the smell there should be: Free access to the  inspired air to reach up to olfact...  Read Full »

I feel my nose is partially obstructed. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, My nose feels partially obstructed, and my head feels swollen. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 wi...  Read Full »

I have severe nasal congestion. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old girl. I have severe nasal congestion from a suspected cold or sinus infection (I have not been to the doctor yet). When Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed tablets) was not working, the pharmacist suggested to try Otrivin Plus nasal spray. Both give slight relief but I forgot t...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With the details provided, I understand that you are a 22 year old female suffering from cold or sinus infection causing nasal blockage. Currently you are taking Sudafed tablets and Otrivin plus nasal spray. Presuming that the Sudafed tablets you use contains only Pseu...  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 »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

What can cause a bony bump on the left side of the nose?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a bump on the left side of my nose. It feels like cartilage or bone. It has always been there since I can remember. The right side of my nose does not have a bump whatsoever. I have always experienced breathing problems. I do not know if I should be concerned or that it is just ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bruce Eric Hudkins

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is likely resultant from an old fracture, possibly acquired at a very young age from the normal bumps and bruises of being a child and learning to walk, etc. As we get older, this can lead to chronic nasal obstruction as not only does the outside of the nose sho...  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 »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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. Inferior tu...  Read Full »

Is breathing through mouth due to airway occlusion permanent?

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 »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 c...  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 »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 allergic ...  Read Full »

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