Posts for: August, 2014

By Princeton Eye and Ear
August 18, 2014
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis   Allergies  
Since breathing is involuntary, we don’t often think about it unless there’s an issue. Breathing problems can affect anyone at any point in their lives, whether temporary or chronic. There are several reasons why your breathing might be affected and we’re here to help you pinpoint those problems and nip them in the bud so you can breathe easier. Allergies - Breathing Problems


From pet dander and ragweed to certain drugs and foods, there is an array of things that can trigger your allergies. In the US, one in five people have allergy (or asthma) symptoms and it’s also the fifth leading chronic illness in America. So chances are your stuffy nose could be due to an allergen. So how do you stave off your allergy symptoms? Once we figure out what you’re allergic to, we can make sure you stay away from it as much as possible; however, sometimes you can’t completely avoid the allergen. That’s why we will recommend an antihistamine or nasal decongestant. If you’re a smoker and experiencing nasal congestion, we may recommend that you ditch your habit.
For severe cases, allergy shots might be required. We can discuss this further at your next appointment


If you’re experiencing a stuffy nose accompanied by facial pressure, you might be dealing with sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinus tissue. If you’re only experiencing minor symptoms, then we might recommend some over-the-counter medications. More moderate symptoms can often be treated with prescription medications. If symptoms do not improve over time or actually get worse, we will weigh the pros and cons of surgery. Most often, your condition has to be chronic for surgery to be recommended.

Deviated Septum

If you find it difficult to breathe through one or both nostrils, or you have frequent nosebleeds, it could be a sign that you have a deviated septum. This happens when the wall between your nostrils leans more to one side. Many people don’t even know that they have this condition.
The first line of treatment is with decongestants, antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays. These will alleviate symptoms but won’t fix the problem. If your symptoms are persistent, a septoplasty can be performed to repair the nasal wall for good.
The best way to diagnose your breathing problems is by contacting our office and setting up an appointment. Call us at (609) 403-8840.