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Nasal Obstruction

D. Curtis Coonce, MD, FACS consults with a patient

D. Curtis Coonce, MD, FACS consults with a patient.

Your nose serves the important functions of warming, filtering and humidifying air and smelling. When you have a nasal obstruction blocking those functions, it can affect your daily life.

The simplest reason for a nasal obstruction is congestion of the mucosa: a specialized lining of the nose. This congestion can be due to a viral infection or allergies. If it is caused by allergies, try to avoid those allergens. Antihistamines or a nasal spray can also treat the congestion.

When the problem does not go away, you may have an inflammation or an anatomical problem. “Some people live with nasal obstruction because they think there is no easy solution,” says Otolaryngologist, D. Curtis Coonce, MD, FACS, at Cape ENT Group, a Saint Francis Medical Partner.

“Often, we can treat the problem medically. When we do need to perform surgery to straighten a deviated septum, patients are pleasantly surprised at how simple it is.”

For more information on treatments, call Cape ENT Group at 573-335-4448. No referral is needed, and pediatrics patients are welcome.

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