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Expert care for nasal obstruction
The nasal passage is very important to breathing. In fact, about 70% of airflow to the lungs is from nasal breathing, so if your nasal passages are blocked, you may have trouble breathing and sleeping.
There are several types of nasal obstructions, and it’s very difficult to tell them apart yourself. That’s why Del Rey Sinus & Allergy Institute has advanced diagnostic equipment, including an in-office CT scanner, so we can quickly assess what’s going on in your sinus passages and help you to breathe better! To learn more about how we can help, contact us today!
Septal deviation (or deviated septum) is the term for a misalignment of the cartilage that separates the nasal pathways. The septum may not be straight due to genetic conditions or injury. As a result, the misalignment may restrict your breathing, depending on the severity of the deviation. Here is a video that explains this common condition:
Hypertrophic Turbinates (or, Enlarged Turbinates)
Turbinates are small bones that line your sinus area. They serve as filters for the air that you breathe through your nose, removing airborne particles such as pollen as you inhale. Sometimes the turbinates can become enlarged and they filter the air less effectively. This can lead to sinus congestion and other sinus issues including infections, headache and pain.
See this video describing how enlarged turbinates can obstruct your breathing:
Growths in the nose and nasal cavity can obstruct your breathing. If the growths become large, you may experience severe congestion. The good news is that removal of the polyps can minimize the congestion and restore free breathing quickly.
There are many causes of nasal obstructions. If you are in the Southern California area or beyond, we can help you accurately determine the cause of your sinus issues and help you to #breathebetter, today!
Here is an overview of nasal polyps: