Nasal Obstruction Specialist

North Shore ENT

Alexander Sorin, M.D., F.A.C.S.

ENT & Otology located in New Hyde Park, NY

Nasal obstruction blocks your nasal passages and makes it difficult to breathe normally. Although most cases of nasal obstruction are mild and clear up on their own, some patients require medical intervention for effective relief. At North Shore ENT in New Hyde Park, New York, board-certified otolaryngologist Alexander Sorin, MD, FACS, helps patients determine the underlying cause of their nasal obstruction and the most effective treatment for relief. To discuss your condition with Dr. Sorin, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Nasal Obstruction Q & A

What is nasal obstruction?

Nasal obstruction refers to blockages of the nasal passages. Anything that irritates or inflames the nasal passages can result in nasal obstruction. Swelling and inflammation of the nasal passages prevent normal drainage and make it difficult or uncomfortable to breathe through the nose.

Abnormalities and deformities of nasal structures can also result in nasal obstruction.  Although nasal obstruction is typically harmless, it can become problematic if it begins to affect sleep quality and daily performance. 

What causes nasal obstruction?

Nasal obstruction can be caused by:

  • Deviated septum
  • Allergies
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Nasal polyps 
  • Injuries
  • Narrowing of the nasal passages

Conditions like allergies, chronic sinusitis, and nose injuries contribute to swelling of the nasal passages that lead to nasal obstruction. Structural changes or malformations of the nose and nasal passages can also result in obstruction. 

If you suffer from continuous or recurrent nasal obstruction, North Shore ENT specializes in hands-on, personalized otolaryngological care. Nasal obstruction is a complex condition that requires an accurate diagnosis for proper treatment. 

How is nasal obstruction treated?

Treatment for nasal obstruction begins with a diagnosis. Dr. Sorin discusses your symptoms and medical history and performs an in-depth physical examination, checking for signs of infection, abnormal growth, and other possible causes of your condition. 

Treatment for nasal obstruction may include:

  • Medication
  • Nasal sprays
  • Sublingual immunotherapy
  • Surgical intervention to correct narrow nasal passages, such as septoplasty 

North Shore ENT also provides several in-office procedures under local anesthesia and surgical procedures to address a deviated septum, blockages from turbinate hypertrophy to enhance nasal passages. Dr. Sorin specializes in balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive method of draining the sinuses and removing blockages from the nasal passages, which can be performed in the office along with septoplasty if indicated.  

When should I bring my child in for nasal obstruction?

Dr. Sorin also provides pediatric ENT care for children suffering from nasal obstruction. If your chid’s nasal obstruction is accompanied by a fever or difficulty sleeping or nursing, book an appointment with Dr. Sorin to discuss treatment. 

During your appointment, you and Dr. Sorin develop a personalized treatment designed to unblock your nasal passages and restore normal breathing functions. 

To schedule an appointment for you or your child, call North Shore ENT or book your appointment online today.