Is breathing through one nostril bad? ( is it curable?)
It is normal to breathe predominately out of one side then the other in what is called "the nasal cycle". Difficulty in breathing out of one side may be related to a deviated septum (most commonly), enlarged turbinates (sausage like appendages on the sides of the inside of your nose), weak cartilages, infection, inflammation, or growths. An examination by a facial plastic surgeon is key to figure out what's going on and to establish an appropriate plan of care, which may involve surgery. I wish you well!
Unable to breathe through one nostril
If this has been a longstanding issue, nasal obstruction only on one side could be related to a deviated nasal septum or narrowing of the nasal passage due to obstruction of the nasal valve region. However, there are numerous other causes of nasal obstruction, including both structural or anatomic factors as well inflammatory conditions that can cause the lining tissue of the nose to swell. Although more rare, growths within the nose (both benign and malignant) could also result in obstruction on one side. Because of the number of different possible causes, I would recommend that you seek out evaluation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon or Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat physician). An in-office exam with possible nasal endoscopy will provide more information and your physician can provide more information on medical and/or surgical treatment options. Good luck!
Breathing problems out of the nose
Breathing problems out of the nose can be caused by a deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, allergies, valve collapse, a broken nose, and chronic sinusitis. Each one of these issues are treated differently with medications and surgery. It is best to seek out an ENT/ facial plastic surgeon to determine what is the cause of the nasal obstruction. For more information and diagrams, please see the link and video below
Not bad but probably won't get better without treatment.
Breathing only out of one nostril can be a sign of a deviated septum. Generally speaking nasal allergies would cause difficulty breathing out of both nostrils, but you can have nasal allergies on top of other problems such as a deviated septum. Other causes of unilateral nasal obstruction include nasal valve collapse and/or turbinate hypertrophy. The best advice is have a complete exam of your nose which may include a nasal endoscopy. Make sure you feel comfortable with the surgeon. They should explain exactly what contributes to your obstruction. Again, this may include several components or only a deviated septum. As far as the switching sides of your obstruction, this is part of the normal nasal cycle but once your nose is improved from a medical and possibly surgical standpoint you may not notice it.
BREATHING OUT OF ONE SIDE
THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS STRANGE THEIR ARE TYPICALLY PEOPLE WHO DO ONLY BREATHE OUT OF ONE NOSTRIL. YOU COULD HAVE A DEVIATED SEPTUM THAT MAY NEED TO BE REPAIRED. YOU SHOULD DEFINATELY CONSULT A ENT OR PLASTIC SURGEON.
Nasal obstruction often requires septoplasty and turbinate resection.
Most likely you have an internal
blockage due to a deviated septum. (The
septum is the vertical partition in the nose that separates both nasal passages.) Often --
as a result of accidents -- one side of the septum shifts to the other, causing
decreased breathing on the side where the septum has shifted. The septum is constructed of cartilage in the
front part of the nasal interior and bone in the back.
Also, enlargement of turbinates and other
structures in the upper nose are allergy-sensitive and may be a factor. Even nasal polyps (non-cancerous
growths) can contribute to a breathing block, particularly in people who are
allergic and have sinus problems.
You need to have a
complete evaluation by a nasal surgery specialist. You might even require some x-ray or CT scan
studies to best understand what is going on, but typically the examination
itself would be very helpful.
not comment if your nose is crooked on the outside and if there
are any other issues, but for sure you owe it to yourself to get this checked
out. You have not indicated your age,
but do you want to go through the rest of your life with this problem?
One thing you should understand is
that Nature did intend for all of us to breathe through both nostrils, and
should your condition be rather abnormal, you may run into problems with sinus
infections and colds that take a long time to settle down.
Here are a few tips on finding the right specialist: The first and most important piece
of homework should be seeking out a qualified, board-certified surgeon (in either
plastic surgery or an otolaryngologist
head & neck surgeon) one who is highly experienced and performs the
procedure you want at least weekly and has done so for a decade. You should also be able to see on
the surgeon’s website many hundreds of before and after pictures, showing the
changes in the procedure you want.You should actually learn more
about what your procedure involves, including:
- How to prepare for surgery
- Undergoing the actual surgery
- How long your recovery time should be
- What to tell others
- How long the surgical rejuvenation should last
Toward that end, many good books about cosmetic surgery
exist, including our own, Secrets of a
Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon.
Do a quick search of cosmetic plastic surgery books on
Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com and you’ll find a wealth of
information and handy coping tips.
Yet another note and reminder about the need for doing
cosmetic surgery research before choosing a surgeon and going ahead with a
procedure: Many, many nasal surgery patients who did not investigate
their surgeon – and came away unhappy with the results – will spend months and
years, reading about having the procedure done correctly and finding just the
right surgeon to perform the revision surgery.
Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Possible Septoplasty/Turbinate Reduction Candidate
Dear Ivan, An examination during consultation will allow the surgeon to properly diagnose your breathing issues. While there may be multiple issues leading to your unilateral breathing difficulties this complaint is typically associated with a deviated septum and hypertrophy of turbinates. If you do present with these problems then they may be addressed with septoplasty/turbinate surgery allowing for a more balanced air flow. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.
Breathing through one nostril
Breathing problems out of the nose can be caused by a deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, allergies, valve collapse, a broken nose, and chronic sinusitis. These can require different surgical techniques or medications to correct. Consult with 3 board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.