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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Cant breath through nose, narrowed nasal passage. What are my options ?

I cant breath through my nose . I broke my nose some years ago, but now things are worse, my nasal passage is very narrow, particularly on one side. I need to wear a nose band to sleep as when I lie down I cannot breath at all through my nose. At present things are getting worse, I need to wear a nose band also to eat as I can breath. I am not sure what my options are? Surgical I presume? I am very nervous and worried surgery may make things worse but feel my current situation is becoming more and more difficult.
Tue, 6 Aug 2013
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Hi there. Sorry to hear about your difficulties. You have what doctors call a "deviated nasal septum" or in plane English the thing that separates your two nostrils is buckled off to one side as a result of your fracture. The operation that you need is simple, routine and safe. Its called a "sub-mucosal resection" Don't worry about it, just get it done. In the meantime a nasal spray containing a steroid will give you some relief -- something like Beconase. Good luck and thank you.
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