30 Nov Nasal Valve Collapse: Symptoms, Treatment & More
What is a nasal valve collapse?
The cause of a nasal valve collapse can stem from a number of things. Depending on the cause, you may have different nasal valve collapse symptoms. Rhinoplasty and other nose surgeries are the most common culprits. Also, severe trauma to the nose can cause serious inflammation and enlarged nasal tissue that may cause a nasal valve collapse.
Nasal Valve Collapse Symptoms
Nasal valve collapse symptoms include (but are not limited to):
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Nasal bleeding
Additionally, patients may find it harder to breathe when lying down. In terms of sleep, this may cause the patient to sleep with their mouth open and/or snore. This may also result in poor sleep quality.
If you are struggling with a collapsed nasal valve or would like to change the appearance of your nose for cosmetic purposes, there are surgical options available. There are a few different surgery options available for a collapsed nasal valve. Ultimately, the procedure you and your doctor choose will be unique to your situation.
Beyond a collapsed valve, nasal surgery can:
- Improve breathing
- Correct birth defects
- Correct congenital differences
- Change the shape, size, and angle of the nose
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
- Repair existing nose injuries
- Treat symptoms from past nasal trauma
However, if you are not comfortable with surgery, there are other options to ease your nasal valve collapse symptoms. Some patients are more comfortable using a nasal valve dilator. This is a device that widens the nasal valve and is typically used while the patient is sleeping. This makes for a smoother night’s sleep and more comfortable breathing.
If you suffer from difficulty breathing or are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, you may want to set up a consultation with your surgeon. Not only can nasal reconstruction improve your general health, but it can also improve your confidence.