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Nasal Obstruction

What is Nasal Obstruction?
Nasal obstruction is not a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder that causes the nasal passages to be blocked, or obstructed. In children, some of the most common causes include enlarged adenoids and  nasal allergies.  Less common causes of nasal blockage are nasal polyps, tumors, and congenital malformations of the nose. 


  • “Nasally” sounding voice 
  • Nasal drainage 
  • Breathing through the mouth most of the time 
  • Recurrent sinus infections 


  • Nasal exam, including the use of endoscopesX-rays, CT scans, and/or other imaging tests
  • Allergy testing, when indicated



  • Medications (steroids and/or antibiotics) 
  • Surgery  

When to Call for Help
Call your pediatrician if you notice any of the above symptoms in your child. 


Who Treats Nasal Obstruction?
At Hopkins Children’s, nasal obstruction is treated by the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology. 

External Links:

National Library of Medicine