CAUSES OF OBSTRUCTION IN THE NOSE AND THROAT

NOSE

  • Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis) is the most common cause of obstruction in the nose
  • The Nasal lining reacts excessively to ‘the outside environment’ – dust, pollen, pollution
  • The Nose normally congests (swells) when lying horizontally
  • Any form of rhinitis will aggravate this

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Solutions:

  • Avoidance and environmental controls
    • Avoid cigarette smoke
    • Remove carpets
    • Good vacuum cleaner – hepa filter
    • Mattress /Pillow cover
  • Long term Nasal steroid spray:
    Nexomist / Avamys 2 puffs each nostril at night

Deviated Nasal septum

  • A skew middle wall of nose – usually after minor or major nasal trauma
  • solution - surgery

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THROAT

  • Enlarged tonsils blocking up back of throat
  • solution - surgery
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