John R. Gilmore, MD
10740 N. Central Expressway
Suite #120
Dallas, TX 75231

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Nasal Congestion Treatment

Nasal Congestion Treatments From North Texas Sinusitis Center: Minimally-Invasive Procedures for Relief are Here

Chronic Nasal Congestion is Clogging Your Sinuses and Your Happiness

Nasal congestion is 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 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.

Learn more about your nasal congestion and howNorth Texas Sinusitis Center can bring you relief below.

man suffering from nasal congestion
woman suffering from sinusitis

What is Nasal Congestion?

Your stuffy nose is nasal congestion. 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, which is what you’ll recognize as a runny nose.

When your sleep is disturbed by nasal congestion, it can transition from an annoyance to a health issue. It’s also, as mentioned above, a sign that something else may be going on with your body that needs to be addressed.

I’m Congested. 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

Several of the causes above 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, consult with an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor.

To help determine the source of your nasal congestion and possibly clear it yourself, you can perform the Cottle Maneuver at home. Learn more below.

woman is working at her desk congested with a sinus infection
man performing the cottle maneuver

The Cottle Maneuver

The Cottle Maneuver is widely known as a do-it-yourself procedure for determining where a nasal obstruction is coming from.

How to Perform the Cottle Maneuver

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.

To clear your congestion, an ENT can use this information to treat your issue. They may also perform an alternate version of the Cottle Maneuver, which requires a long cotton swab (do not try at home).

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 TexasSinusitis Center. If you prefer full anesthesia, the above procedures can be performed in an operating room.

Operating room procedures:

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

Balloon Sinuplasty from North Texas Sinusitis Center and Dr. Gilmore

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, you have a plumbing problem in your nose that medication is not going to cure. You probably do not want major sinus surgery either. We understand. At North Texas Sinusitis Center, we recommend safe, long-term chronic and recurrent sinusitis treatments.

Balloon Sinus Dilation, often called Balloon Sinuplasty, is a safe and simple office procedure that permanently enlarges sinus openings WITHOUT removing bone or tissue. Performed by our trained and experienced ENT, Dr. Gilmore places a tiny sinus balloon where your sinuses are blocked. The sinus balloon is inflated, deflated and then removed, allowing proper airflow to return to your sinuses.

Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty.

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

Schedule an appointment today!