There are many conditions related to sinus issues, with a wide range of related symptoms. One of the most common conditions we see is nasal obstruction. If you are in the Southern California region, or beyond, we can help you accurately determine the cause of your sinus issues.
Nasal Turbinate Hypertrophy (or, Enlarged Turbinates)
Turbinates are small bones that line your sinuses. They filter the air you breathe through your nose, removing airborne particles such as pollen that you may inhale. The turbinate is like a small balloon filled with blood vessels. Turbinates naturally change in size over time as blood flows in, and to one side or another. You may have noticed that you have stuffiness which changes from one side of your nose to another, several times a day. Sometimes the nose gets stopped up when you lie down. That occurs because lying down allows more blood to collect in the turbinates.
Unfortunately, the size of the lower turbinates can become too large to allow normal airflow through the nose. When this happens, you may not be able to breathe properly when exercising, sleeping or even resting. This is particularly noticeable for people who also have a deviated septum. The most common cause of turbinate hypertrophy is the inflammation associated with seasonal and environmental allergies. Other causes include chronic sinusitis, second-hand smoke and chemical irritants. With a thorough examination by the expert doctors of Del Rey ENT Associates, we will be able to quickly and accurately determine the best treatment plan for you. Contact us for an appointment.
Septal Deviation (or, Deviated Septum)
The wall the separates the left and right sides of your nose is called the nasal septum. In the front of your nose it is made of flexible cartilage. Farther back in your nose, it is made of bone. Almost no one has a perfectly straight nasal septum. Minor misalignment is very common, and usually doesn’t cause any problems.
You may need a correction of the septum, however, if you experience some of these symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing through your nose, leading to mouth breathing
- Persistent sinus infections
- Ear pressure
- Sore throat
The most common problem arising from a nasal septal deviation is that you can’t breathe well through your nose. This is especially likely to bother you at night. But there are many other potential causes of nasal obstructions, so to properly assess your condition we would need to give you a thorough examination.
When a nasal septal deviation interferes with sinus drainage, it can lead to repeated infections or chronic infections. In conjunction with endoscopic sinus surgery, correcting significant septal deviations can help improve drainage. In some cases it is necessary to correct septal deviations during sinus surgery simply to help access the sinus cavities. Sinus pain can be caused when the septum is deviated such that it touches the side wall of the nose or indents one of the turbinates. Pain from a septal deviation may be felt in the ear or on the side of the face or near the eye.
With a thorough examination by Del Rey ENT Associates, we will be able to quickly and accurately determine the best treatment plan for you. Make an appointment today.
Growths in the nose and nasal cavity can obstruct your breathing. If the growths become large, you may experience severe congestion. Removal of the polyps can minimize the congestion and restore free breathing quickly.