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John R. Gilmore, MD
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Nasal Congestion and Sinusitis

Take a Deep, Clear Breath Without Obstruction from Nasal Congestion or Sinusitis

Explore Your Options for Relief with North Texas Sinusitis Center

Nasal congestion can make each of your approximately 20,000 breaths (1) a day difficult -- taking a toll on your mental and physical health and resulting in embarrassing mouth-breathing and bad breath.

North Texas Sinusitis Center can bring you minimally-invasive, long-term solutions. Let’s explore your symptoms and issues and consider treatment possibilities to ease your pain and frustration.

What are Nasal Congestion and Sinusitis?

  • Nasal Congestion

    When your nasal passages are irritated and inflamed, your nose becomes blocked. Nasal congestion is most likely a sign that another health problem is present. These issues include colds, sinus infections, and allergies.

    Nasal Congestion Treatment
  • Sinusitis

    Your sinuses are air-filled spaces in your head behind the bones in your cheeks and forehead. They are lined with thin tissues. When these tissues are inflamed and swollen, you’re experiencing sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection. Sinus infections can be viral or bacterial, and can cause difficulty breathing, fatigue, congestion, fever, bad breath, and more.

    Sinus Infection Symptoms
Nasal Congestion and Sinusitis symptoms

Relieve Your Chronic Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion is often described as a "runny nose." You have difficulty breathing through your nose; it’s tiring, embarrassing, and you may be frustrated. It develops when there is an excess of fluid and swelling in the nasal cavity and nearby tissues. The fluid and swelling combine to stuff up your nose, and it may begin to discharge.

Medication package labels have health risk warnings about continuous use of decongestive medications and nasal sprays like Afrin. Most people are too embarrassed to wear Breathe Right nasal breathing strips all day. The adhesives on those nasal breathing strips cause skin irritations. Whether you’re dealing with a nasal valve collapse, chronic sinusitis, or another issue, don’t let this issue keep you from living the free-breathing life you deserve.

I need nasal congestion treatment but nothing I try is working. What’s wrong with me?

Many issues may cause your nasal tissues to become irritated and inflamed. The most common causes of nasal congestion are colds, the flu, chronic sinusitis (sinus infections), nonallergic rhinitis, and allergic reactions.

According to the Mayo Clinic (1), potential causes of nasal congestion also include:

  • Alcohol
  • Churg-Strauss syndrome
  • Overuse of decongestant nasal spray
  • Deviated septum
  • Air dryness
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Medications
  • Spicy food
  • Thyroid disorders
Woman is experiencing sinus pain at her desk congested with a sinus infection

Several of these are serious medical conditions that should be treated, including Churg-Strauss syndrome, a deviated septum, sleep apnea, and thyroid disorders. To get answers and results on how to drain your sinuses, consult with an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor.

To help determine the source of your nasal congestion and what’s a good way to unclog your nose yourself, you can perform the Cottle Maneuver at home. Learn more below.

Suffering from chronic nasal congestion? A Simple at Home Method to Determine Relief.

The Cottle Maneuver

The Cottle Maneuver is widely known as a do-it-yourself procedure for determining where your sinus pressure points are, and potentially where a nasal obstruction is coming from.

What Will it Do?

The Cottle Maneuver may allow you to discover and understand the source of your congestion and help determine the treatment method that can bring you long-lasting relief. You may find that your congestion is caused by sinusitis, deviated septum, collapsed nasal valves, or enlarged nasal turbinates.

How is it Performed?

Using your pointer and middle fingers, press just the tips gently on both of your cheeks near your nose. Pull outward carefully, opening the nasal valve. Now take a deep breath through your nose. Can you breathe in easier through your nose? If so, your congestion is probably located in the front of your nose, in the nasal valve.

Press the tips of one or two fingers gently on each of your cheeks near your nose. Carefully, pull outward, and this opens the nasal valve. Take a deep breath through your nose. If breathing through your nose improves while performing the Cottle Maneuver, your congestion is likely located in the nasal valve.

The Cottle Maneuver can help determine if you need help with chronic nasal congestion

Minimally-Invasive Treatments for Relief from Nasal Congestion are Here!

Chronic nasal congestion is clogging your sinuses and your happiness.

Nasal congestion symptoms are fun for no one. When you’re congested, you’re: 

  • Stuffy
  • Snotty
  • Snoring
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Likely to have bad breath
  • Exhausted
  • Frustrated

Sleeping for you and your partner also becomes difficult because of your snoring. Not only is nasal congestion at night complicating your life and sucking the joy out of every day, but it’s also a symptom that something more than just a stuffy nose is wrong with your body. You may have tried nasal congestion home remedies, but its likely they aren’t providing the type of relief you’re really hoping for.

Man suffering from nasal congestion

Learn more about nasal congestion causes and how North Texas Sinusitis Center can help you with sinus pressure relief below.

Nasal Congestion and Obstruction Treatments

North Texas Sinusitis Center offers the following treatments for nasal congestion and obstructions:

You deserve to be comfortable and at ease when receiving treatment for your sinus issues. Minimally-invasive procedures are performed in the comfort of our office here at the North Texas Sinusitis Center.

Septoplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery are both surgical procedures that require full anesthesia and will be performed in an operating room.

ENT discusses sinus options with patients

Nasal congestion sufferers come to North Texas Sinusitis Center from Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, Plano, Wichita Falls, and beyond.

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