Jun 5, 2017
Nose issues that cause your breathing to fail
- Congestion from allergies, viruses, or infections.
- Deviated septum - the septum (the bone that separates the nasal
cavity and divides your nostrils) can get crooked and change the
size and access of the nostrils or nasal cavity. Can be from
trauma, or may gradually get crooked from chronic pressure.
- Turbinate Hypertrophy - over-growth of tissue covering the
turbinates (tissue-covered bones that add warmth and moisture to
the air you breathe). This can lead to snoring. May be
treated by steroid nasal sprays or surgery to remove extra
- Nasal Polyps - uneven overgrowth of mucus membranes (symptoms
may be runny nose, post-nasal drip, stuffiness). They are not
cancerous. Treated by snipping them out.
- Sinus cancer - a single growing tumor that causes bulging,
either around the eye, face, or mouth.
Nose issues that cause your smelling to fail
- Deviated septum (see above)
- Polyps (see above)
- Chronic sinus infections - the smelling sensors are inflamed or
covered with mucus so much that they become damaged or less
- Smoking - smoke and toxins can damage smelling receptors in
your nose. Also, the receptors become so clogged up with
smoke and tobacco molecules that there's no room for other
molecules to be detected. This can be temporary or
- In kids, this is usually from trauma (either bumps and bonks or
picking). Can also be caused by dry air in the wintertime
(use vaseline in the nostrils).
- In adults, can be from hypertension (high blood pressure)
or chronic use of blood thinners.
PSA: Treatment for a nosebleed: DO NOT tip your head
backwards!!!!! It makes you swallow that blood! THAT'S
GROSS!! Proper treatment: pinch the nose and tip the
head forward. This allows a clot to form and clots stop the
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