What does the nose do?

The nose is a vital organ, constantly contributing to the general health of the human body. Problems with the nose and nasal passages often results in suffers having a reduced quality of life, minimized energy level, interrupted sleep and a general ability to function normally.

How does the nose protect the lungs?

The nose protects your health by filtering the air before it enters the lungs. Most of the filtering occurring in the turbinates located within the nasal passages. The nose is effective at protecting the general health of an individual by:

  • Filtering particles from inhaled air such as pollen and other unnatural particles;
  • Humidifying and warming inhaled air; and
  • Warming inhaled air to body temperature before entering the lungs.

What type of problems are associated with nasal dysfunction?

Nasal congestion reduces the sense of smell and taste;

Breathing through the mouth causes drying of the mouth, which can result in mouth and throat infections caused by non-filtered air being inhaled into the lungs;

Unresolved nasal allergies often increase the opportunity for asthma to occur within the lungs and can aggravate asthma for those who already experience it.

What steps can be taken to avoid nasal dysfunction?

There are a number of steps that an individual can take to ensure a healthy nose. Some of these include:

  • For dry nose problems, over-the-counter salt-water (saline) drops may be effective;
  • Avoid over-the-counter nasal sprays, which can cause “rebound” and actually cause nasal congestion to get worse; and
  • Take care when traveling air conditioning systems in airplanes, large hotels and on cruise ships have high levels of molds and germs. Using saline nose drops are useful during travel.

Are there any medications that can cause nasal dysfunction?

The use or over-use of several prescription medications can cause nasal problems. These include: diuretics, anti-anxiety medications, birth control pills, high blood pressure medications, and Viagra. Do not discontinue taking any drugs that you are taking under a doctor’s orders without first consulting with them.

Who is qualified to treat nasal dysfunction?

A specialized professional, preferably an otolaryngologist with extensive sinus experience, is necessary to evaluate and diagnose the causes of nasal dysfunction, which can lead to chronic or acute sinusitis. The sinus-specialty otolaryngologists of The Sinus Institute at CEI have over 35 years years of experience treating sinusitis in all of its forms using both medical treatments and cutting edge surgery options. Click here to make an appointment.