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Nasal blockage

Definition: unable to breath through one's nose, therefore becoming a mouth breather.

Symptoms/possible causes: unable to breath through one's nose.

Possible course of treatment: most nasal blockage is short lived, namely lasting less than 2 weeks, when one has the flu or cold. On the side of the inside nose, turbinates filter, humidify, and warm the air. The turbinates can swell and thereforeblock the nose. Treatment of antihistamines like Zyrtec or Claritin and/or prescription nasal sprays that shrink the turbinates inside the nose and then one can breathe. Another cause is nasal allergy, treatment discussed above. A deviated septum inside the nose can bend to one side of the nose or both sides, blocking the air flow, causing nasal blockage.  A prescription nasal spray can help, but surgery to correct the deviated septum is the only permanent help.

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