Child blowing nose.
Child blowing nose.
Child blowing nose.

Nasal Obstruction

What is nasal obstruction?

Nasal obstruction is not a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder that causes the nasal passages to be blocked or obstructed.

In children, some of the most common causes include enlarged adenoids and nasal allergies. Less common causes of nasal blockages are nasal polyps, tumors and congenital malformations of the nose.

Symptoms of Nasal Obstruction

  • “Nasally” voice
  • Nasal drainage
  • Breathing through the mouth most of the time
  • Recurrent sinus infections

Diagnosing Nasal Obstruction

  • Nasal exam, including the use of endoscopes, X-rays, CT scans and/or other imaging tests
  • Allergy testing, when indicated

Treatment of Nasal Obstruction

  • Medications(steroids and/or antibiotics)
  • Surgery

When to Call for Help

Call your doctor, or your child's pediatrician, if you notice any of the symptoms listed above in you or your child. 

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Jonathan Walsh with patient

Our pediatric otolaryngologists provide compassionate and comprehensive care for children with common and rare ear, nose, and throat conditions. As part of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, you have access to all the specialized resources of a children's hospital.  

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