Patients usually present to our clinic with multiple nasal complaints, including nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, runny nose, and sneezing.
This symptom is usually the result of swelling of the nasal lining. This swelling can be caused by viral infection, chronic sinus infection, nasal allergies, non-allergic congestion, or smoking. There are a multitude of medications available to relieve the congestion. An in-office procedure called turbinate ablation is sometimes recommended for patients who do not respond to medications.
Complete obstruction of one or both sides of the nose can sometimes be present. This is usually due to a deviated nasal septum, internal collapse of the nasal valve, or overgrowth of the nasal turbinates inside of the nose. These deformities can be a result of previous nasal fracture. Septoplasty (repair of the deviated septum), or rhinoplasty (full cosmetic and functional reconstruction of the nose) can often correct these problems.
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) can be a troublesome symptom sometimes leading to the feeling of post-nasal drip. Nasal allergies or sinus infections are often to blame. Our physicians can diagnose the cause of the runny nose and recommend appropriate treatment.
This common symptom may indicate the presence of nasal allergies. Common viral infections can also cause sneezing. Several medications are available to control this symptom. Ultimately, we can perform an allergy test to determine if nasal allergies are the cause of sneezing.