Nasal Congestion Specialist

Robert Baxter Meek, III, MD -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Anne Arundel ENT

Robert Baxter Meek, III, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor & Otolaryngologist located in Annapolis, MD

Nasal congestion, more commonly known as a stuffy nose, can range from irritating to downright aggravating. Whether due to a virus, infection or allergy, board certified otolaryngologist Dr. Robert Baxter Meek, III, of Anne Arundel ENT, located in Annapolis, Maryland, offers quick and effective relief.

Nasal Congestion Q & A

What causes nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion can by caused by a long list of factors. Among the most common are:

  • An allergic reaction to environmental inhalants, as well as, foods
  • Virus
  • Sinus infection
  • Deviated Septum
  • Nasal polyps
  • Enlarged turbinates

When should I seek medical treatment for nasal congestion?

Medical intervention should be sought for nasal congestion that lasts longer than 10 days, or that is accompanied by symptoms like a high fever, sinus pain, or headache. Babies under the age of 2 months, whose congestion makes it difficult to breathe, eat or sleep, should always be evaluated by their doctor.

How does Dr. Meek evaluate nasal congestion?

Dr. Meek always begins by taking a medical history and detailed account of each patient’s symptoms, followed by a physical examination. In addition, Dr. Meek evaluates chronic nasal congestion (sinusitis) with the aid of a 3D CT scan, nasal endoscopy, and cultures, when necessary.

What treatment options does Dr. Meek offer for nasal congestion?

Treatment will depend on the cause of your nasal congestion, but may include one or more of the following:

Medications. Generally, first-line treatment medications include nasal decongestants (oral or topical), antihistamines, corticosteroid sprays, or corticosteroid irrigations.  

Turbinate reduction. Typically done under local anesthesia, using a minimally invasive device inserted through a 2mm incision that removes bone and soft tissue.  Like “liposuction of the nose.”  

Septal Swell Body Reduction. A relatively new procedure performed under local anesthesia to reduce the part of the septum that swells due to irritants, allergies, or infections. Can be performed with a CO2 laser or the “nasal liposuction device.”

Septoplasty. An outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, where the septum ( part of the wall of nose between the two sides of the nose) is straightened to allow improved airflow. This is typically done performed in conjunction with a turbinate reduction. Dr Meek uses a thin, flexible silicone splint and no packing. His patients are encouraged to rinse and gently blow their nose the day after surgery.  

Nasal Valve Repair. An outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia to repair collapsing nostrils. The procedure is performed by placing cartilage grafts from the septum or sometimes ears and using them to prevent collapse when breathing.  

Balloon SinuplastyTM. This is a relatively new, minimally-invasive procedure in which a flexible balloon is inserted into the sinus cavity via a catheter and inflated to enlarge and restructure the sinus opening to improve blocked drainage. This procedure is safe and can provide long-lasting results. Balloon Sinuplasty is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Downtime is minimal. Patients can typically return to work in just 24 hours.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Anne Arundel ENT, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Choice Health Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Healthcare