Nasal Obstructions in Princeton, NJ
An obstruction inside the nose can hamper airflow and make breathing difficult. To discover the source of your obstruction, visit board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay, FACS, at his Central New Jersey area clinic. Our practice serves residents throughout the area including Princeton and Plainsboro.
What are Nasal Obstructions?
Nasal obstructions can be anything that blocks or restricts the amount of air taken in by the nostrils.
What Causes Nasal Obstructions?
Nasal obstructions may result from conditions ranging from birth defects to tumors. Allergies and sinus-related conditions might also cause excessive swelling of nasal membranes, thereby leading to an obstruction.
Benefits of Nasal Obstructions Treatment
Nasal obstructions make breathing through the nostrils difficult and may also cause extreme discomfort. Removing the obstruction allows you to breathe easier while also eliminating discomfort.
How are Nasal Obstructions Treated?
A few of the possible treatments include:
- Medication to treat allergy symptoms
- Nasal spray containing steroids to shrink swollen passages
- The use of nasal splints to prevent side walls of the nose from collapsing
- Somnoplasty, which involves the use of radiofrequency to shrink nasal tissues
- Surgery to correct deformities, remove a foreign object or repair an injury
Preparing for Nasal Obstruction Treatment
Avoid using nasal spray prior to your appointment if you are having surgery or nasal splints inserted. Before surgery, you should stop smoking and avoid taking blood thinning medications. You should also refrain from eating or drinking for up to 12 hours ahead of time to ensure there are no complications from anesthesia.
Nasal Obstruction Treatment Recovery
This will vary based on the procedure Dr. Kay recommends. When prescribing medication, a follow-up appointment may be needed to check your progress. This allows Dr. Kay to make changes to the dosage and/or type of medication if needed. A follow-up appointment could also be required to check and remove nasal splints.
Surgery requires a longer recovery period, during which time you may experience tenderness, swelling or nosebleeds. Over-the-counter medication to reduce swelling and relieve discomfort might be necessary. You will likely need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks afterward, and should keep your head above your heart until you are completely healed.
How Much Does Nasal Obstruction Treatment Cost?
It’s not possible to state the cost without performing a thorough examination to determine the cause of your nasal obstruction. Some patients require multiple treatment sessions or extensive surgery while others only need medication. After a consultation, we’ll discuss your treatment plan and the costs associated with it. For your convenience, we accept:
- Most major health insurance plans
- Personal checks
- Major credit cards
- CareCredit® financing
Is Nasal Obstruction Treatment Right for Me?
Nasal obstructions make breathing difficult, and can also be dangerous. If you believe an obstruction is present, please make an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Why Choose Princeton Otolaryngology Associates for Nasal Obstruction Treatment?
With more than 15 years in practice, Dr. Scott Kay has trained with some of the leading ear, nose and throat surgeons in the industry. He performed a fellowship at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he received extensive training in endoscopic surgical techniques for the sinuses. His knowledge is widely regarded in the medical community, as he is often called on to lecture and teach on topics related to the nose and sinuses.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Nasal Obstructions
The first step will be determining the cause of your nasal obstruction. In some cases, this will be obvious, as is normally the case with injuries or foreign objects. Other times, testing such as x-rays may be ordered to determine the cause. Dr. Kay may also administer nasal spray or “pack” the nose by inserting cotton or gauze into it to help eliminate bleeding.
Having a nasal obstruction can be alarming, but your treatment for it shouldn’t be. Dr. Scott Kay provides quality, compassionate care for all his Central New Jersey area patients, including Princeton and Plainsboro. To schedule an appointment, contact Princeton Otolaryngology Associates.