Nasal obstruction, congestion, drainage, facial pain/pressure, nosebleeds, and change in smell are among the most common symptoms encountered by our ENT specialists.
To ensure the utmost convenience and accuracy in the diagnosis and treatment of nose or sinus conditions, Northwest ENT and Allergy Center offers endoscopic exams and imaging capabilities in-house.
Allergic rhinitis commonly referred to as “hay fever,” is brought on by specific, known allergens, such as dust, pollen, mold, or dander.
Nonallergic rhinitis is a medical term that describes symptoms resembling nasal allergies and hayfever but that occur without a known cause.
For more information, visit our Allergy page.
Treatments for Rhinitis
- Nasal saline rinses
Correct Utilization of Sinus Rinse:
Nasal obstruction refers to blockage of the nose or nasal cavity.
Nasal Obstruction Causes
- Turbinate hypertrophy
- Nasal polyps
- Adenoid hypertrophy
- Deviated septum
- Nasal valve compromise
Nasal Obstruction Treatment Options
- Over the counter and prescription medications
- Nasal surgery
- VivAer® - a non-invasive, in-office procedure to open your nasal airway and provide lasting relief
Deviated Nasal Septum
The nasal septum is the wall that divides the nose into left and right sides. A deviated nasal septum occurs when this wall is misaligned. It is estimated that 80% of the population is born with a deviated septum.
A severely deviated septum may cause breathing issues, chronic congestion, nosebleeds, or snoring -- resulting in surgical intervention.
Deviated Septum Treatment
Treatment for a deviated nasal septum involves a surgical procedure called septoplasty. This procedure is performed to straighten the nasal septum and will require general anesthesia.
Septoplasty takes less than one hour to complete, allows patients to go home the same day, and generally has a recovery period of just a few days.
The nose is an area of the body that contains many tiny blood vessels (or arterioles) that can easily break open.
If you have frequent or unexplained nosebleeds, you should be evaluated by your ENT doctor.
What Causes Nosebleeds?
- Dry air
- Nose picking
- Chronic congestion
- Deviated septum
- Blood thinners (including aspirin)
- Drug use
- Foreign body in the nose
Two of the most common treatments for nosebleeds are cautery and packing the nose.
Cautery is a technique in which the blood vessel is sealed with an electric current, silver nitrate, or a laser.
Sometimes, your doctor may “pack the nose” with a special gauze or an inflatable latex balloon to put pressure on the blood vessel.