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Nasal Breathing & Sinus Disorders Treatment Information
Nasal breathing and sinus problems may be improved significantly or eliminated using a variety of treatments.
A simple and effective treatment for sinusitis is rinsing out your sinuses with saline solution. This clears out mucus and removes irritants. Relief is temporary, but you can easily repeat this process at home as needed. Other treatments include:
- Nasal steroid sprays to reduce inflammation in the sinuses
- Allergy evaluation and treatment
- Antibiotics to fight infection
When these treatments cannot control sinusitis, we may open sinuses using balloon catheters (tubes that inflate to spread tissue apart) or perform surgery. We may also implant stents (tubes that hold passages open) to drain sinuses while slowly releasing drugs that help control inflammation of sinus tissues. If there are polyps (small non-cancerous growths) in the sinuses, we may also remove these. Ninety percent of people who have these treatments report significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms. Patients with polyps may need surgery again if these small growths recur (come back).
Malformation of the wall dividing the inside of your nose can impair breathing significantly. The problem can be congenital or may be caused by facial trauma (injury). We treat this condition surgically, reshaping the inner structure of the nose to allow free passage of air through the nose and into the airway leading to the lungs.
Nasal Valve Collapse
In some people, the outer walls of the nose are thin and collapse slightly with each breath. This constricts the airway and can cause difficulty breathing. Over-the-counter adhesive strips may help improve this condition without surgery. The strips fold over the bridge of your nose and hold the walls open. This treatment may improve breathing enough to solve the problem. If breathing strips are not effective, our surgeons can rebuild your nose by moving cartilage to open the nasal valve. This reconstruction works in a way similar to breathing strips, but it solves the problem permanently.
Damage to the bones and cartilage of the face can impair or block the nasal airway. We open closed passages and work with facial plastic surgeons to reconstruct the shape and function of the sinuses, nose and face. Sometimes a patient needs a number of operations over time to give the delicate bones and other tissues of the face time to heal between procedures. Bones and muscles underlying facial structures are complex. It takes time to rebuild them so they can support the forces of facial movements and chewing.
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MedlinePlus: Nose Injuries and Disorders
This national government website hosts education on a variety of nose injuries and disorders, including deviated septum.
This national government website features in-depth information about sinusitis and its treatment.