How to Unstuff Your Nose | Why Does My Nose Hurt When I Breathe | Why am I Snoring All of a Sudden
If any of these thoughts have crossed your mind lately, you’re likely suffering from nasal airway obstruction (NAO). This is a condition that causes the nasal passage, also known as the nasal cavity, to become blocked which makes it hard for an individual to breathe through their nose. Nasal breathing delivers about 70% of airflow to the lungs, but unlike airway obstruction, it can limit airflow through the nose. Enlarged turbinates, or turbinate hypertrophy, are also a cause of nasal airway obstruction.
Do Home Remedies Ever Seem to Get the Job Done?
One can never completely rely on home remedies to eliminate NAO. There may be a few temporary fixes here and there; however, surgeries and in-office procedures are the safest and most effective bets to eliminate common nasal obstruction symptoms including:
- General congestion or stuffiness
- Nasal blockage
- Trouble breathing through the nose
- Trouble sleeping
- Excessive snoring
Though surgeries are most effective in severe cases, they have been associated with excruciating pain and lengthy recovery times. If you’re looking for something more convenient that involves less personal strain, you might be a candidate for our VivAer® procedure.
No more struggling to breathe!
VivAer® is a non-invasive procedure that is performed in our office. The best part, no surgery is involved. VivAer® gives you the relief that is wanted. Our physicians may be able to help to get you the right relief.
With VivAer®, you can start breathing better in practically no time. It works by gently removing obstructions in the nasal valve using its patented technology. This allows for more oxygen flow into your body while reducing pressure on your sinuses. You will feel immediate relief after just one treatment!
VivAer® uses gentle suctioning action to remove blockages within the nasal passages. Its unique design creates negative pressure around the tip of the device, pulling debris towards the opening where it can be easily removed.
Are you a candidate for Nasal Obstruction treatment with VivAer®?
To find out, try this easy test at home called the Cottle’s Maneuver:
- Step 1: Place two fingertips on your cheeks, on each side of your nose
- Step 2: Gently press and pull outward to further open your nasal passage. While holding, Breathe through your nose.
This temporarily opens the nasal valve. If doing this helps you inhale more easily through your nose, the nasal obstruction is likely to be in the nasal valve, in the front part of your nose. If you’re still not sure about what’s going on, take our quiz below to evaluate your symptoms.