Can’t breathe through one or both sides of your nose?  History of nasal trauma or fracture?  Using breathe right strips to open the nose?  Using over the counter decongestant sprays routinely? You may need evaluation for nasal obstruction.

A nasal obstruction is anything that impedes the flow of air into and out of the nose. The obstruction may block one or both of the nasal passages.  If the nasal obstruction appears to coincide with a certain time of year, it may be caused by an allergy, such as to pollen. Allergy treatment and steroid use may help resolve the issue and eliminate a person’s dependence on decongestant nasal sprays.

If the blockage appears to be on only one side of the nose, then an anatomical cause is more likely. Treatment generally involves surgical correction of a deviated nasal septum. Snoring is often a symptom of an anatomical cause for a nasal obstruction