Do you have a nasal breathing disorder?
I see patients every day who say they have not breathed well through their nose for 10 or even 20 years. The only thing I wonder is.... why did it take you so long to come see me!? Almost anyone who feels they cannot breathe through their nose can be helped - both non-surgically and surgically. The three most common reasons for not being able to breathe through one's nose are: 1) deviated septum 2) inferior turbinate hypertrophy and 3) nasal valve collapse.
Almost everyone with a nasal breathing disorder has one of the above listed problems. As a patient, it is important to find a doctor you trust to diagnose you correctly and help you make the best decisions FOR YOU! For some patients, the best option may be medicated nasal steroid sprays. For other patients the best option may be an in-office procedure such as a turbinate reduction. For other patients the best option may be surgery in the form of a septoplasty or spreader grafts. The treatment must be tailored to the individual and a patient should never feel pushed or pressured into decisions. If a doctor tries to sign you up for surgery right away - be skeptical. And make sure you have done your online research and looked at other patients' reviews of the surgeon.
The diagnosis for nasal breathing disorders is not a difficult one, but the important thing is finding a physician you are comfortable with to help guide you to the best personalized treatment regimen.