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Old 07-31-2005, 06:52 PM   #1
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can't breathe out of one nostril...

Hi,

Sorry, I posted this in General Health as well but figured this might be a more suitable board for it...

A couple of weeks ago I noticed I couldn't breathe out of one nostril. I didn't and don't have a cold and my nose is not runny... I just couldn't breathe out of it. Since then, sometimes I can breathe out of my left nostril and sometimes out of my right, but never out of both at the same time. I've tried tylenol sinus pills, neocitron tea, and breathing in steam. Nothing has helped.... I don't feel sick at all, but this problem is concerning me... any ideas what it is? a simple sinus infection, perhaps? If so, what can I do to make it go away?

Thank you.....

 
Old 07-31-2005, 07:02 PM   #2
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Re: can't breathe out of one nostril...

HI

this is nothing to worry about. Throughout the day, the nose changes the dominant nostril..one opens, other closes. This is normal. Some of us, given allergies and other things, notice this more than other people may. But no one has both nostrils open fully at the same time all the time. I only know this because I had the same concern and asked my sister/doctor. So don't worry about it, it's totally normal.

 
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:32 AM   #3
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Re: can't breathe out of one nostril...

Im not sure this is normal. I have this same problem and was told that I have a deviated septum. You might have to same, I would visit an ENT to be sure.

 
Old 08-02-2005, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: can't breathe out of one nostril...

I agree that this is perfectly normal, especially if you feel fine. In yoga, there is a breathing excercise that recognizes this. You close off the left norstril then breathe in through the right one. Then you close off the right nostril and breathe out through the left. Then you breathe in again through the left nostril. Finally close off the left nostril and breathe out through the right. Keep repeating. It eventually opens up both nostrils. It is a breathing excercise that is supposed to energize you.

Editing to add that you start this excerise by breathing in with the nostril that is open. So if it is your left nostril that is open, reverse these directions.

Last edited by sneezydiva; 08-02-2005 at 02:31 PM.

 
Old 08-02-2005, 01:59 PM   #5
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Re: can't breathe out of one nostril...

Quote:
I agree that this is perfectly normal, especially if you feel fine. In yoga, there is a breathing excercise that recognizes this. You close off the left norstril then breathe in through the right one. Then you close off the right nostril and breathe out through the left.
The problem though is that I mean I am unable to breathe out of a particular nostril throughout the day. Sometimes if I close my right nostril, I am simply unable to breathe out of the "left". Other times it's the other way around. It doesn't really seem normal to me but then again I haven't really paid much attention to how I breathe in the past...

Edit: Changed right to left (see quotes).....

Last edited by SpeedStick; 08-02-2005 at 03:02 PM. Reason: Sorry, changed right to left (see quotes).

 
Old 08-02-2005, 02:39 PM   #6
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Re: can't breathe out of one nostril...

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The problem though is that I mean I am unable to breathe out of a particular nostril throughout the day. Sometimes if I close my right nostril, I am simply unable to breathe out of the right. Other times it's the other way around. It doesn't really seem normal to me but then again I haven't really paid much attention to how I breathe in the past....

I repeat this is perfectly normal. Like Cartjen said, no one breathes freely through both nostrils all the time. The reason why one nostril is "closed" is because the turbinates on that side are swelling. This is a natural body mechinism. When you are sleep the different turbinates swell and shrink and this is what causes you to turn over while you are sleeping. All completely natural and normal. If it didn't keep switching sides then you might have a problem. But the fact they keep switching means everything is okay.

Did you try the breathing exercise? If you try it, you will see that eventually you get the other side to open up. I edited my original post to add that you should startbreathing in with the nostril that is open.

 
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