One of the most frequent consultations in my ENT practice is for nasal obstruction. The nose has no other means of expressing an illness than by obstruction, runny nose (mucus discharge), sneezing, itching, and pain.
The two most frequent diseases in the nose are rhinitis due to structural problems in the nostrils and allergy, followed by infectious rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis (exaggeration of normal responses).
In people under twelve years of age, the most common disease is an allergy; in older adults, there are anatomical or structural problems. Although the allergy is basically medical treatment, its exact diagnosis is not easy; in general, it can be associated with structural disorders; in these cases, the anatomical problem can be corrected, and then the remaining allergy can be treated.
Classification Of Nasal Obstruction
Intermittent or sporadic and continuous or permanent, the first being more frequent. In the case of anatomical problems, these can be asymptomatic (their manifestations are not perceived), especially because they do not have the vasomotor component (dilation of the corneas with obstruction) and in this case, there is no awareness of the disease, since the. When occasional problems begin, they usually get worse until they become permanent (symptomatic).
It’s Important To Consider
80% of people looking for nasal aesthetics have structural nasal obstruction problems, if it is not corrected at the time of the aesthetic, the problems will persist and are very likely to appear shortly after surgery.
Effects Of Nasal Obstruction
- Decreased peripheral blood oxygen pressure
- Frontal, hemifacial, or intercalary headaches (between the eyebrows)
- Impaired facial growth (asymmetries, third middle atrophy, elongated face)
- Alterations in nasal growth (large, deviant, deformed)
- Dental disorders (bad occlusion, palate with a high arch, and narrow)
- Pulmonary atrophy of the narrow side
- Lung disease predisposition
- Thoracic asymmetry (scoliosis)
- Predisposition to chronic bronchitis and emphysema (long-term)
- Decreased sports performance
- Sleep apnea, sleep disorders
- Daytime sleepiness
- Predisposition to epistasis (nosebleed)
- Predisposition to sinusitis
- Rhinorrhea (mucus discharge)
- Reaction to changes in climate, temperature, humidity
- Oral breathing
- Frequent rhinitis
- Smell alterations
- Gingivitis (oral hygiene problems, periodontal disease)
- Dorsal spine pain
- Premature aging of the skin
Advantages Of Breathing Through The Nose
- Improves the quantity and quality of sleep
- Improves sports performance
- Improve heart rate
- Improves the perception of odors
- Brings favorable personality changes
- Tones the abdominal muscles
- Decreases asthma and respiratory diseases
- Increases blood oxygenation
The rhinoplasty functional and aesthetic, in my view, are two sides of the same coin; this because when making a change in the aesthetic part, changes will occur in the functional part; the nose must be seen as a whole both internally and externally. Dr. Kim Patrick Murray, rhinoplasty specialist is my favorite doctor to consult for nasal reconstruction.