Nasal congestion is another way of saying “stuffy nose.” It occurs when your nasal passageways become inflamed or blocked by built-up levels of mucus or other fluids. It is a common symptom. Nasal congestion occurs with colds, the flu, allergies, sinus infections, nasal polyps, a deviated septum, and more.
Most often, home remedies are enough to relieve you from the pain and irritation of nasal congestion. However, when your nasal congestion is chronic or long-term, you may want to consider more permanent treatment options.
There are various surgical techniques that can help with nasal congestion, including:
This is a surgical procedure to straighten up a deviated septum (the cartilage that separates your nostrils). If you experience chronic nasal congestion it may be because your septum is misaligned or curving into one of the nostrils more than the other, which impacts air flow through the smaller passageway.
Septoplasty is a relatively simple procedure that can easily be done in an office setting. It has been shown to result in notable improvement of patient symptoms such as nasal congestion.
In this surgical procedure, your doctor will shrink the tissue that protrudes from the side of the nose into the nasal cavity if it has become enlarged. Enlarged turbinates can contribute to headaches, sinus pressure, and sleep disorders. A turbinate reduction is a minimally invasive procedure that only takes about 15 minutes to contract the turbinate back to its normal size.
Using a special suction tool and other instruments, this procedure removes polyps that can develop in your nasal passages. Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths that hang like teardrops from nasal passageways and can obstruct the airway. They are believed to develop alongside chronic nasal inflammation. A nasal polypectomy takes just 30 minutes.
Instead of just being misaligned as with a deviated septum, septal perforations (holes) develop due to various reasons such as trauma. Because of the holes in the septum, a path from one side of the nose to the other is formed – which shouldn’t be the case. Symptoms of a perforated septum include nose bleeds, breathing problems, and nasal congestion. Septal perforations take longer to repair in surgery, about 1 to 3 hours, as your takes tissue from other parts of your nose to cover the hole in your septum.
ENT Doctors in Austin, Texas
If you ever feel like you need help for nasal congestion and other sinus problems, the dedicated team at the Nasal & Sinus Center of Austin is ready to help. We provide services to ensure comprehensive care of nasal and sinus conditions, as well as allergies. As ENT doctors, our team is well-versed in determining the cause of your nasal congestion to find the treatment that best suits your needs. Our procedures are minimally invasive and we use cutting-edge technologies.
So, feel free to visit us and meet our esteemed doctors, Dr. Zachary D. Wassmuth, Dr. Yi-Hsuan Emmy Wu, and Dr. Latif Dharamsi. Call the Nasal & Sinus Center of Austin now. We have offices in Austin, Texas, (512) 270-3286, or in Lakeway, Texas, (512) 271-4371. You can also request an appointment online.