Stuffy Nose 2

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Besides infection, nasal congestion may be caused by swollen or congested nasal tissues or a structural abnormality. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these types of problems in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If a stuffy nose isnt caused by infection, it could be the result of structural problems with the nose or the nasal septum the thin, flat cartilage and bone that separates the nostrils and nose into two sides.

Deformities of the nose and a deviated septum are fairly common problems. Seven percent of newborn babies suffer significant nasal injury just from the birth process. And it is almost impossible to go through life without getting hit on the nose at least once. If a nasal deformity causes an obstruction to breathing, it can be corrected with surgery.

Another common cause for nasal obstruction in children is enlargement of the adenoids, the tonsil-like tissues that fill the back of the nose behind the palate. Children with this problem breathe noisily at night and may even snore. They also are chronic mouth breathers, and can develop dental deformities. Surgery to remove the adenoids and sometimes the tonsils may be advisable.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.