Breathing Problems in Tuscaloosa

Some of the functions of the human nose include humidifying, warming, and filtering the air that we breathe. When a problem disrupts the normal function of the nose, it can cause discomfort and annoyance. Patients who are experiencing breathing problems in the Tuscaloosa area can turn to Tuscaloosa ENT to treat the problem. We will conduct an array of tests to help determine the cause of the breathing problem and how to best treat it.

Breathing problems can be caused by a number of conditions, including:

Allergies

Allergies are very common for many patients, and can easily cause breathing problems. Allergies can occur year-round but are most often seasonal, occurring only when the allergen is active. Common allergens that cause breathing problems include certain grasses, pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust. Most patients do not understand the cause of their allergy symptoms, and therefore cannot effectively treat them. When an allergen enters the body, histamine is produced to reverse the allergen affects. Histamine can create symptoms, including nasal congestion and sneezing, which can cause problems with breathing. There is a selection of solutions for these symptoms, including medication and the strengthening of the immune system to the allergy. Decongestants, inhaled steroids, and other at hope remedies can help to manage allergy symptoms and breathing problems, but only allergy shots can cure allergies. Identifying your allergen can help you avoid them and the symptoms they cause. You can schedule an allergen test in Tuscaloosa with an ENT physician.

Sinusitis

Our sinuses naturally produce mucus so that the nose does not become dry and that particles do not reach the lungs. When the sinuses become inflamed, sinusitis occurs, causing trapped mucus and a narrowed airway, which can lead to breathing issues. Sinuses can become inflamed and lead to sinusitis from the common cold, allergies, or nasal polyps. Common symptoms of sinusitis include a cough, fatigue, and fever. At our Tuscaloosa office, our physicians will perform an examination to best determine which treatment option is best for you. Common treatments include medication or a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. You might also be prescribed a decongestant or saline nasal wash to clear the sinuses and open the airway.

Deviated Septum

When a septum is deviated, it is curved or bent, which can disrupt the airflow through the nose. Other signs of a deviated septum include nosebleeds, facial pain, postnasal drip, and snoring. In cases of a severe deviation to the septum, chronic breathing problems can occur. In these cases, a surgical procedure to open up airways is an effective treatment option. During a septoplasty, your surgeon works inside the nose to remove excess bone and cartilage to promote effective breathing. In other more mild cases, medication can provide deviated septum relief. A consultation with one of our ENT physicians can help to determine the right treatment option for your individual case.

Everyone should have the ability to breathe properly and comfortable. That is why at Tuscaloosa ENT we work to effectively diagnose and treat breathing problems. If you are interested in learning more, contact our office today at 205-378-8426.

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