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

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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
Nasal Congestion and Sinusitis symptoms
  • 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

What is Causing Your Nasal Congestion?

The cause of your nasal congestion can vary. Common causes, according to the Mayo Clinic (2), include:

  • Infections

    • Cold
    • Flu
    • Sinusitis (Sinus Infections)
  • Allergies

  • Non-Allergic Rhinitis

    • Tobacco smoke
    • Perfumes
    • Other Irritants
    • Car exhaust
    • Hairspray

One of the most common health issues that cause nasal congestion is sinusitis.

Common Causes of Nasal Congestion

Suffering from Chronic Nasal Congestion? A Simple at Home Method to Determine Relief.

The Cottle Maneuver

The Cottle Maneuver is a method of attempting to clear a nasal obstruction from home. In other words, it’s a do-it-yourself (DIY) diagnostic procedure that can help you assess your congestion.

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.

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

Relieve Your Chronic Nasal Congestion: See an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor (ENT)

You have difficulty breathing through your nose; it’s tiring, embarrassing, and you may be frustrated. 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.

What's Next?

After trying the Cottle Maneuver at home, an ENT can use the information you now have to aid in diagnosing and treating your issue. Dr. Gilmore may perform an alternate version of the Cottle Maneuver using a long cotton swab that you should not try at home. Major surgery is NOT your only option! Your issue may be resolved with one or two, simple, in-office procedures.


When breathing through your nose is difficult due to chronic nasal congestion, your airways may need to be remodeled. The Latera procedure is used to treat restricted nasal airways caused by anatomy through non-invasive airway remodeling. You can leave nasal sprays and strips behind you and breathe through your nose with ease.

Learn More About Nasal Congestion Treatment

Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure that can provide long-lasting relief without surgery. Balloon sinuplasty is known to resolve chronic congestion associated with thick drainage from the sinuses by opening blocked airways with the help of a small balloon.

Learn More About Balloon Sinuplasty

Your North Texas Sinusitis Center Patient Experience

Because sources of nasal congestion and sinusitis can be different, North Texas Sinusitis Center takes a unique and comprehensive approach to ease your nasal congestion and sinus pain, restore sinus breathing and drainage, to dramatically improve your quality of life.

Before we can adequately treat your sinusitis, we need to understand the current state of your body. A detailed exam is the first step that allows us to understand the severity of your sinusitis symptoms and your expectations of treatment.

During your initial visit, we may also use our office CT scanner and sinus endoscopy to exam your sinuses to make a proper diagnosis.

As a patient of North Text Sinusitis Center, you will be treated with care as we will consider all aspects of your health and condition before selecting the treatment that best eliminates the negative effects of your sinusitis. We will also develop a plan that aligns with your health goals.

Our process begins and ends around you and your needs, consists of four steps:

  • Detailed Exam

  • Sinusitis Diagnosis

  • Sinusitis Treatment Plan

  • Track Treatment Results

When medications and sinus infection remedies fail to meet your long-term expectations, we recommend sinusitis treatment plans that may include office procedures or surgeries performed in an operating room.

Sinus treatment plans are ineffective without tracking the results. Follow up office visits is not our way of making more money, it is essential to know if the treatment plan is meeting your expectations or if we need to revise the treatment plan.

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

Have you had enough? Want permanent sinus relief?

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