About blocked nose
Snoring is a common side effect from suffers of blocked nose as the open mouth causes the jaw and tongue to move thus obstructing the space behind the tongue.
The ENT Unit at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth provides expert care from our experienced Consultants including effective testing and treatment for blocked nose.
Causes of blocked nose
Blocked nose is a common condition in the UK and can effect all ages. There are many causes of this which commonly include allergy, a deviated nasal septum and chronic rhino-sinusitis.
If caused by an allergy, treatment will often begin with application of sprays. Sprays may help when the main symptom is a runny nose. If unsuccessful the patient can be offered tablets or other medications.
Nasal septum trauma is another common cause of blocked nose and may have taken place without the patients knowledge. For example, during birth. Symptoms of nose blockage due to this tend to appear as we get older, even though the damage may have been caused at an earlier age.
Sinus disease can lead to serious infections and can be caused by obstruction of the normal sinus outflow tract from the para nasal air sinuses into the nose. This outflow tract clears mucous produced by the sinuses, through tiny holes (ostia) into the nose cavity, where they are cleared by passage backwards into the throat, and swallowing. Over a litre a day of mucous is produced by the nose and sinuses. Over-production causes symptoms of postnasal drip and chronic cough. Nose polyps can be a side effect of this, and they cause complete nose blockage with loss of sense of smell. Acute sinusitis occurs when the ostia are blocked (e.g. after a cold), fluid then builds up in the sinuses, which subsequently becomes infected. This type of infection can be very serious, sometimes life-threatening.
Our experts at London ENT Unit have many years of experience in dealing with conditions of the nose and are able to perform advanced procedures to ensure you relief from any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. For any questions or to book an appointment we recommending contact our ENT team by calling 020 7078 3841 or emailing us at [email protected].