An Explanation of Nasal Airway Obstruction
Nasal Airway Obstruction is a condition that affects millions of people and restricts their ability to breathe through the nose. 2 Sometimes called a “congested or blocked nose,” it’s more than just a casual annoyance. Nasal airway obstruction can seriously affect airflow and air quality as you try to inhale. And it can be a life-long problem, interrupting your sleep and limiting your ability to get enough air when you are physically active. 1
Nasal Obstruction Causes
An area called the Nasal Valve is frequently the site of nasal airway obstruction. The nasal valve is just inside your nose and is made up of three main structures that form a triangular opening.
- The Septum - the narrow ridge of bone and tissue between the two nostrils
- The Turbinates - finger-shaped tissues that direct and warm air as it enters the nasal cavity
- The Lateral Wall - the side tissue and cartilage that form the outer wall of the nose.
Enlargement of any of these structures narrows the nasal valve, decreasing the overall airway area and hampering airflow.