At Northwest ENT and Allergy Center, we diagnose and treat a variety of nose-related disorders. Our providers are trained in both medical and surgical treatment options and we offer compassionate and patient-centered medical care.
Our noses are critical for breathing and are our first defense against potentially harmful allergens, dirt and other invaders (such as bacteria or viruses).
Nasal congestion or difficulty breathing out of the nose is a very common problem. Congestion can be caused by nasal inflammation, allergies, infection, barometric pressure changes, or nasal obstructions.
Are you struggling with breathing difficulties, chronic nosebleeds or other nose-related issues?
Allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as “hay fever,” is brought on by specific and known allergens, such as dust, pollen, mold or dander.
Nonallergic rhinitis is a medical term that describes a set of symptoms that resemble nasal allergies and hayfever but that occurs 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 some type of blockage of the nose or nasal cavity.
Nasal Obstruction Causes
- Turbinate hypertrophy
- Nasal Polyps
- Adenoid Hypertrophy
- Deviated Septum
Nasal Obstruction Treatment Options
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Nasal surgery
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 procedure called septoplasty. This surgical procedure is performed to straighten the nasal septum and requires general anesthesia.
The procedure takes less than one hour, and patients go home the same day. The recovery period is generally only 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 just “pack the nose” with special gauze or an inflatable latex balloon to put pressure on the blood vessel.