The nose is primarily used to humidify, warm and filter the air we breathe. Every individual should have the chance to breathe normally and adequately, and breathing complications impact the nose’s appropriate function. To diagnose these breathing problems, Alabama ENT specialists conduct various tests to assess how the lungs are working and what may be causing the disruption. Although several factors cause breathing problems, the most common cases are explained below:
Breathing complications caused by allergies can be unbearable for some patients. However, most people don’t understand the exact nature and cause of allergy symptoms. After an allergen enters the body, the immune system tries to reverse the effects by producing histamine. Histamine creates the typical symptoms associated with allergies, such as sneezing and nasal congestion. If these symptoms are making it difficult for you to breathe, please contact Alabama Nose, Ear, & Throat Specialists to find a solution, such as medications, or building up your immunity to allergens.
A deviated septum refers to the septum being bent or curved, which disrupts natural airflow through the nose. If the deviated septum is debilitating enough, leading to chronic breathing problems, a patient should look into a surgical procedure to open up the airways. Our ENT specialists can help address this concern and recommend the best course of action for you.
Sinuses, located at the sides of the nose and above the eyes, naturally produce mucus to avoid a dry nose and block particles from reaching the lungs. When your sinuses inflame from infections, allergies, or other complications, sinusitis occurs, leading to breathing difficulties. It can also carry symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, and cough. At our Tuscaloosa, Alabama location, we recommend an examination by our ENT specialists to determine the severity of your sinusitis and suggest what treatment option is best for you. Many sinusitis sufferers find relief through medication, or a new minimally invasive procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty™.
At Alabama Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists, we believe everyone should have the chance to breathe efficiently and properly. If you are suffering from mild to chronic breathing problems, contact us today to discuss your treatment options and find relief as soon as you can.