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The Impact of Narrow Nostrils on Breathing - LATERA

By Matthew Mingrone, MD on August 18, 2017

Impact of Narrow Nostrils on Breathing – Problem Solved!

Many people don’t think about their breathing on a regular basis, but we would all be doing ourselves a great service if we thought about breathing a little more. For many, breathing through the nose is a struggle and breathing through the mouth is the default. Not only is their quality of life diminished, but they’ll also have a variety of other health-related conditions such as dry mouth, snoring, fatigue, and poor sleep and higher levels of stress and anxiety. Today’s blog is about flimsy or collapsing nostrils, narrow nostrils, ways you can breathe better through your nose naturally, and how to know if you should see a doctor, like myself, to permanently fix this problem.

How do I know if I have flimsy nostrils?

If you have a very narrow nose or upper jaw, then you may be prone to nasal valve collapse, also known as vestibular stenosis and flimsy nostrils. Try this:      

  1. Take your index and middle fingers and press to your cheekbone.
  2. While pressing on your cheek, lift the cheek skin upwards and sideways, pointing towards the outer corner of your eye.
  3. Breathe in deeply through your nose.
  4. Try it again on the other side. Each side of your nose may behave differently

Cottle Maneuver Obstructed Breathing

If you notice a significant difference in your breathing, you likely have a nasal valve problem like flimsy nostrils. This contributes to a breathing obstruction, especially when you get sick or if you have allergies. Luckily, there are many ways to treat flimsy nostrils.

If this maneuver works for you, you may benefit from several natural methods to open your nasal passages, or a combination of the things outlined below:

  • Nasal dilator strips at night - such as Breathe-Rite, will help. However, the adhesives on these devices are not strong enough or end up irritating the skin. These can get expensive, are not covered by insurance, and literally just put a Band-Aid over the underlining issue.
  • Saline sprays - thinning and cleaning your nasal mucus will open up the amount of space for air, so you can breathe easier. You’ll have to rinse very frequently to get maximum results.
  • Nasal dilators at night - like Nozovent. Which have limited credibility in solving a nasal obstruction.
  • Try not to eat anything and avoid alcohol within three hours of going to bed. If you still have food or juices lingering in your stomach, they can leak up passively into your naso-oropharynx, cause swelling and inflammation and prevent a good night’s sleep. In addition, sufferers of Sleep Apnea  stop breathing at night, which creates a vacuum effect in the throat, and actively suctions up your stomach juices into your throat and nose. 

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These natural remedies won’t help everyone!

If you’ve tried these steps and still can’t breathe through your nose, then seek medical help. An otolaryngologist such as Dr. Matthew Mingrone (an ear, nose and throat doctor) is the best doctor to take care of this condition.

The Solution: LATERA

Over 20 million adults in the U.S. suffer from nasal airway obstruction. This detrimental health problem causes decreased airflow, leading to a lower quality of life.

Latera helped people achieve a higher quality of life through: 

  • Decreased nasal congestion
  • Less trouble breathing through nose
  • Improved ability to get enough air through the nose during exercise
  • Reduced nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Less trouble sleeping

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