A nasal obstruction is a blockage of the air passage through the nose. Regardless of the type of obstruction, the air does not reach the lungs in optimal conditions, because it has not been able to humidify, warm and clean itself properly while passing through the nose.
Causes of nasal obstruction
There can be several causes. A very common cause is a deviated nasal septum, either congenital or due to an accident.
Tumours, rhinitis and nasal polyps can also cause nasal obstruction. Other causes include the abuse of certain medications, allergies, food intolerances, hormonal or endocrine disorders, and even emotional changes such as stress or depression.
Suffering from nasal obstruction can have many consequences for general health, as the body is not properly oxygenated.
Nasal obstruction can lead to severe cardiovascular and respiratory problems, ventilatory failure, decreased sense of smell and sexual dysfunction.
Lack of oxygenation can also cause fatigue, lack of concentration and irritability.
As the air is not filtered properly, it can cause various ENT problems, such as pharyngitis, laryngitis, dysphonia and coughing.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is likely that you have a nasal obstruction, and it is important that you see an ENT specialist.
Difficulty breathing through the nose
Nose and ears frequently blocked
Headache and/or facial pain
Dry mouth and pharynx
General fatigue and sleep disturbances
Taste or smell disorders
Excessive tiredness during sport and poor performance
Character change related to these symptoms
Lack of intellectual concentration
Alteration of libido
How we diagnose nasal obstruction
This is determined by clinical history and nasal fibroendoscopy. Depending on the case, additional tests (rhinomanometry, acoustic rhinometry, olfactometry, gustometry, CAT scan, blood tests, etc.) may be required.
Once the diagnosis is clear, Dr. Bracho will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your case, which will generally consist of medication and/or a change in habits. In some cases, nasal obstruction requires surgery and respiratory re-education. Complementary therapies are often very effective in treating nasal obstruction.