Nasal Obstruction

Nasal Congestion Medication in Indianapolis

Nasal Obstructions & Nasal Congestion Treatment

Several conditions, including accident, injury, illness, disease, and genetics, can cause nasal obstruction. At Indianapolis Sinus Center, we specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat. We can assess nasal obstructions, blockages in nostrils, and nasal congestion causes and find the most effective remedy. If you have a nasal obstruction in Indianapolis, call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists for evaluation and treatment with effective nasal congestion medication.

What Is a Nasal Obstruction?

A nasal obstruction is a symptom of an underlying condition, disorder, or injury. Nasal obstructions cause nasal passage blockages and nasal congestion and can make breathing or talking hard. They can also increase your risk of sinus infections, nasal drainage, and other complications. In most cases, a severe nasal passage blockage will not go away on its own, and the symptoms or underlying condition will require treatment.

Types of Nasal Passage Blockages

When you visit a specialist for a nasal obstruction, they can assess your symptoms, lifestyle, and health history and examine the interior of your nose with special tools to diagnose the type of blockage you have. The most common nasal congestion causes and types of nasal obstructions include:

  • Deviated Septum – A deviated septum is a condition in which the thin wall between the nasal passages is displaced to one side. This causes a nasal passage blockage on one side. A severely deviated septum can make it hard to breathe and talk, cause nasal congestion, and may cause nosebleeds. You will need surgery to correct a deviated septum.
  • Nasal Valve Collapse – A nasal valve collapse is one of the most common causes of nasal obstruction. The condition causes the airway in your nose to narrow and makes it hard to breathe. You may also experience nasal congestion and a stuffy nose. A nasal valve collapse can occur due to a deviated septum, genetics, aging, injury, or a complication from a nose job.
  • Nasal Congestion – Nasal congestion causes a stuffy nose, inflammation or swelling of the nasal passages and a feeling of fullness in the nose or face. Nasal congestion can occur when you have chronic or severe allergies, a sinus infection, an illness, or fluid dripping from your nose and/or down your throat.
  • Sinus Infection – A sinus infection, or sinusitis, causes inflammation of the tissues lining your sinuses. A sinus infection can be caused by allergies or a bacterial or viral infection. You can suffer from acute, subacute, chronic, or recurrent acute sinusitis. Bacterial, fungal, or viral infections can cause sinusitis. Viral infections like the common cold are the most common cause of sinusitis. Bacterial sinusitis is caused by strep throat, the flu, or another bacterial infection. Fungal sinusitis is caused by fungus and is more serious than other forms.
  • Foreign Objects In the Nose – This typically occurs in children as the result of them inserting a toy, food material, bead, rock, paper, or other object into their nose.
  • Nasal Polyps – Nasal polyps are benign growths on the nasal passages' mucosal lining. They are small but cause a nasal passage blockage, leading to congestion, trouble breathing, and sinus infections.
  • Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy – Turbinates are bony structures in the nasal cavity. When irritated by allergies, smoke, dust, pollen, or mold, they can swell and cause trouble breathing.
  • Choanal Atresia – Choanal atresia is a congenital defect that causes excess tissue in the nasal airway. This causes a full or partial nasal passage blockage that results in trouble breathing.
  • Oversized Adenoids – Adenoids are soft tissue masses behind the nose and roof of the mouth. They trap germs and create antibodies that assist in fighting off infection. When they become infected, they swell and can block airflow through the nose

Nostril Blockage & Nasal Congestion Treatment

Before we recommend nasal obstruction or nasal congestion treatment, we will complete a thorough examination of your nose and throat. We will use a lighted scope to inspect your nasal passages and may also inspect your neck and throat. We may recommend a CT scan or MRI to diagnose the underlying cause of your nasal obstruction. Depending on the cause, we may recommend antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, pain relievers, and other medications to relieve inflammation and pain. You will require surgery if you have a deviated septum, nasal valve collapse, turbinates, or nasal polyps.

Get Treatment for a Blockage in Nostrils

Call us today or contact us online to get treatment for a nostril blockage, nasal congestion, or nasal passage obstruction. At Indianapolis Sinus Center, our team can quickly assess your symptoms, complete testing and a physical exam, and develop a safe, effective treatment plan.