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Nasal obstruction refers to some blockage of the nose or nasal cavity and can be caused by a wide variety of problems. There are several common causes of nasal obstruction:
Your doctor will ask for a complete medical history and will perform a thorough physical examination. At Johns Hopkins, our experts perform nasal examination with lighted scopes and may use imaging, including CT scans and MRIs, when necessary. We may recommend an allergy evaluation.
Nasal obstruction is often initially treated with medications, some of which may address underlying allergy or other reversible causes of nasal swelling. Your doctor may prescribe a nasal steroid spray to decrease inflammation of the nose and turbinates. Surgery to shrink the turbinates may be required if there is no improvement with medications. There are several new surgical techniques that can be used to shrink turbinates, including use of radiofrequency energy or a small tissue-shaving device.
Your doctor may recommend having your adenoids removed surgically if they are the cause of the nasal obstruction. Most adenoidectomies are performed on an outpatient basis.
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