What Causes Nasal Problems?
By Richard Nass M.D.
September 09, 2014
Category: ENT Health
There are times when you should stop and smell the roses, but if you have nasal problems, that’s a little hard to do. Nasal issues are a common problem amongst adults and children, and most of these issues are hard to manage without professional care.
This occurs when the narrow spot of the sinus, called the ostium, becomes irritated and swells. An inflammation of the tissue lining in the sinus can cause mucus blockage. If you can’t get rid of the mucus, germs (bacteria, fungi and viruses) can build up and cause a nasal infection.
Deviated Nasal Septum
This is a nasal problem that involves the naval septum (thin wall between your nostrils). When one side of the wall becomes smaller than the other, it’s called a deviated septum. Since a displaced nasal septum causes restricted airflow through the nostrils, it causes difficulty breathing.
Allergies and Sinus Problems
In many cases, people have a nose sensitivity to the environment, which means that environmental factors trigger the immune system to react, causing the blood vessels in the nose to swell and cause a blockage. Other common symptoms related to allergies include:
- Nasal drip
- Itchy nose
While nasal problems don’t seem serious, allergies and nasal blockages can debilitate the senses on a daily basis. We work with our patients to create a treatment plan that targets the underlying problem so it’s a permanent solution, not temporary.
Are you having sinus issues? If so, contact our Manhattan ENT office for a consultation. The number for the Manhattan office is (212) 734-4515. We look forward to speaking with you!