Your nose is part of your respiratory system, delivering clean, moist air to your lungs. It’s also a sensory organ and a prominent facial feature that affects appearance. There are many conditions that affect the structure and function of the nose that benefit from general ear, nose, and throat care from the highly skilled experts at Advanced Specialty Associates in Mendota Heights and Baxter, Minnesota. The otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery team diagnose and treat all types of nose conditions. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Your nose is made up of bones, cartilage, and skin. It cleans and moistens the air you breathe and gives you a sense of smell. The size and shape of your nose also affect your appearance.
Many conditions affect the structure and function of the nose, including:
The septum is the cartilage that separates the nostrils in your nose. If you have a deviated septum, the cartilage is off-center, and one nostril may appear smaller than the other. These abnormalities may affect breathing through the nose.
Nasal polyps are benign (noncancerous) growths that form on the inner lining of the nose, blocking the flow of air.
The turbinates are the folds of skin in your nose that moisten the air when you breathe in. If you have allergies, you may have enlarged turbinates affecting air movement through the nose.
If you have seasonal allergies, you may experience allergic rhinitis, causing ongoing symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, and coughing.
Any traumatic injury to the nose may affect the structure, making it harder to breathe. Traumatic nose injuries also alter appearance.
Nasopharyngeal cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the nose.
The general ENT team at Advanced Specialty Associates can handle any medical issue or symptoms affecting your nose. The team includes highly skilled and trained double board-certified otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons.
If you have a nose condition that affects your breathing or appearance, the team can provide the comprehensive and compassionate care you need. They ask detailed questions about your concerns, symptoms, and goals at your initial consultation.
They also review your medical history and examine your ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. Advanced Specialty Associates uses advanced diagnostic tools such as a nasal endoscope or CT scan to evaluate the structure of your nose and determine the cause of your symptoms.
The team at Advanced Specialty Associates customizes treatment plans for nose problems based on diagnosis, symptoms, and goals. Treatments may include disease-specific medications or procedures such as:
For comprehensive care for conditions affecting your nose, call Advanced Specialty Associates or schedule an appointment online today.