Deviated Septum, Enlarged Turbinates, Nasal Polyps, and Sinus Disease
To discover if you have symptoms of nasal obstruction related to deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, nasal polyps, or sinus disease, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat) doctor will need to perform an exam. Below are some of the symptoms that you that may signal a nasal obstruction problem:
A nasal blockage can lead to chronic mouth breathing which can cause a sore throat, hoarseness, ear problems, postnasal drip and/or voice changes. A nasal obstruction will also cause increased difficulties with snoring.
According to a Japanese study, people with chronic nasal obstruction are twice as likely as those without to experience excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and five times more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.
A deviated septum can cause pain, headaches and visible deformity. The blockage of mucous and air can also lead to infection.
Swollen turbinates can cause a stuffy nose that can cause headaches, snoring and possibly sleep apnea.
Nasal polyps can cause mouth breathing and a runny nose.
Sinus Disease or Sinusitis
Sinusitis can cause coughing, headaches, fatigue, irritability and bad breath. Recent research also reveals that the level of pain experienced in patients with chronic sinusitis is similar to the pain suffered by people with osteoarthritis.