Why does one side of my nose get stuffy/ inflamed when I'm upright?

Had rhino/ septo in Dec 2015. My only compliant is that the left nostril is clogged when standing. When I lie down it unclogs in a few minutes and I can breathe better out of both sides but especially the left, clogged side; when I get up it reclogs in minutes and I have nasal drip. I saw my Dr who said he left my septum primarily untouched on the left side, and that plus allergies (which I'm not sure I actually have) are causing the swelling. He recommend shaving down my septum. Thoughts?

Doctor Answers 4

Postural effect on breathing

There are a number of potential explanations. The fact that position changes the effect is curious. Things that come to mind are turbinate hypertrophy or polyps but if the septum's deviated that is an aggravating factor.  I suggest a good look at your airway by an otolaryngologist before and after shrinking the tissues with a vasoconstrictor. If oxymetazoline spray (Afrin) eliminates this problem it is most likely from the turbinates. 

Why does one side of my nose get stuffy/ inflamed when I'm upright?

Since your surgeon has a "birds eye" view of everything it sounds like what he is explaining is reasonable.

Fred Suess, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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You need to be examined to determine the cause of your obstruction. It is difficult to suggest any treatment because there are many possible causes of your problem.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
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