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A Common Cause of Nasal Problems

Breathing through your nose is a technique that reduces stress, lowers heart rate, improves mindfulness, and can improve sleep, mood, and concentration.

However, every year, millions of Americans struggle with nasal passageway problems like congestion, deviated septums, and obstructed airways. Luckily, all these ailments are treatable with an experienced physician like Dr. Gale addresses in the Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic in Riverton, UT.

Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion results from various irritants that cause inflammation. The resulting swelling obstructs the airways and stimulates mucus production, inhibiting free airflow through the nose.

Often, such irritants include:

  • Smoke
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Chemicals from cleaning products
  • Pet dander

However, in some cases, there might not be an external cause for this irritation, and the congestion or obstruction could instead be due to incorrectly formed or damaged nasal structure.

If this is the case, a surgical intervention such as a rhinoplasty can help reshape the nasal passageway, widening the airway and allowing for a more effortless, natural flow of air. In turn, this brings health benefits such as:

  • Reduced stress
  • Better sleep patterns
  • Increased concentration
  • Improved mood

Obstructed Airway

For other patients, sleep apnea and snoring might be a problem. However, while many people believe these issues arise in the nose and nasal passages, the primary concern lies in the throat and the nerves responsible for stimulating the tongue muscles. While nasal obstruction can contribute to snoring and sleep apnea, treatments often focus on implanting devices or tightening the tissue around the throat to address snoring.

Nasal Treatments in Riverton, UT

Breathing through the nose is vital for a healthy and fully functioning respiratory system. If you feel your nasal passage is blocked find yourself struggling to breathe through your nose or experiencing frequent nasal congestion, we encourage you to reach out to Dr. Gale at (801) 506-6344 or fill out our online form today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping improve your quality of life with nasal surgery.