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I feel like i can't breathe through my nose, yet my nose isn't stuffed. What could this be caused by? What would help?

I feel like i can't breathe through my nose, yet my nose isn't stuffed. What could this be caused by? What would help?

Many things : It could be any anatomical nasal problems from deviated septum, to nasal valve collapse to something deeper in your nose to an inflammation in your nose. You need to see an ENT for a complete and endoscopic look into your nose. ...Read more

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I can't breathe through my nose but i feel enough air go in but could it be because of my anxiety attack because i'm still shaking.

I can't breathe through my nose but i feel enough air go in but could it be because of my anxiety attack because i'm still shaking.

Shortness of breath: Can be one of the symptoms of anxiety attacks. Try not to panic, sit calmly, put both feet on the ground and relax your breathing intentionally. The anxiety will pass. ...Read more

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Am i lactose intolerant? If i drink milk eat ice cream or something like that i can't breathe through my nose and get sick. Why is this? Cheese is ok

Am i lactose intolerant?  If i drink milk eat ice cream or something like that i can't breathe through my nose and get sick. Why is this? Cheese is ok

Possible allergy: Nasal congestion is not a typical symptom for lactose intolerance. Rather, it fits better with an allergic reaction to milk protein. Lactose intolerance is the result of an inability to digest the sugar lactose. The consequence is excess gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort or pain. ...Read more

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Polyps? (non smoker, 18) produce mucus, i can't breathe through my nose properly, weak sense of smell, my nostrils bleed, feel raw & become scabby

Polyps? (non smoker, 18) produce mucus, i can't breathe through my nose properly, weak sense of smell, my nostrils bleed, feel raw & become scabby

Maybe: Your symptoms can definitely occur in someone with nasal polyps, but other conditions can cause these symptoms as well, such as septal deviation and chronic rhinitis. I would suggest seeing your pcp or an ENT to have a thorough exam. ...Read more

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I have bad seasonal allergies where i can't breathe through my nose & have a runny nose. Claritin (loratadine) doesn't work. What can I do to treat & prevent it?

I have bad seasonal allergies where i can't breathe through my nose & have a runny nose. Claritin (loratadine) doesn't work. What can I do to treat & prevent it?

Allergies: Nasal congestion and discharge have a variety of causes. It is worthwhile to visit with your local ENT for allergy testing, an exam and trial of nasal sprays like corticosteroid sprays, antihistamine sprays, or other medications that will dry your nose up gently and safely. You can pick up a nasal saline spray in the meantime. Get an air purifier for home, use a hepa vacuum cleaner and avoid rugs. ...Read more

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Why can't i breathe through my nose? Could this be a physical defect?

Why can't i breathe through my nose? Could this be a physical defect?

Nasal blockage: Hello. Your troubles are probably related to a physical defect in your nasal anatomy. This could be your septum, your turbinates, polyps, allergy or your nasal valve amongst other possibilities. See your ENT doctor for an examination, workup and treatment. ...Read more

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Cant breathe through one side of my nose ever. Is there something wrong with my anatomy?

Cant breathe through one side of my nose ever. Is there something wrong with my anatomy?

Turbinates: You are 48 years old and cannot breath through one of your nostrils. Having an ENT doctor look at your nose will help. You could have a swelling of tissue inside that prevents air movement. It obviously bothers you some but not that much. You may benefit from a study called a ct scan. It along with a ENT doctor should help. ...Read more

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My left ear has a sudden pain it comes and goes. Its been more than a month and now my left nose side seems blocked I cant breath through it. help?

My left ear has a sudden pain it comes and goes. Its been more than a month and now my left nose side seems blocked I cant breath through it. help?

Congestion: Sounds like an upper respiratory infection of some sort - nasal congestion and sensation of ear clogged - eustation tube dysfunction - can be from allergic vital and bacterial causes. You can try some Claritin-D OTC for a few days and see if that helps. If symptoms persist see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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