Re: Permanent stuffy nose
I spent most of my life not being able to breathe through both nostrils at the same time. When my allergies acted up, I couldn't breath through either nostril.
In April of last year, at age 57, I had nasal and sinus surgery. My ENT removed a cyst from a maxillary sinus, cleaned out my turbinates (the cause of the stuffiness), opened my ethmoids and straightened my septum.
As soon as the packing was removed from my nose, 3 days post-op, I could breath through both nostrils at the same time. Almost 16 months later, that continues to be the case.
I'd have the surgery again in a heartbeat. It was expensive surgery. We're still making payments to the ENT. But, in my case, it was worth every penny.
I use the generic brand of Flonase, a prescription nasal spray, 2 sprays in each nostril every morning. I've used this for about 4 years and have been very happy with it. My reason for the surgery was because I wanted to get rid of the cyst. Since I was having surgery anyway, we decided to take care of the other things, too. I also sometimes rinse my nose and sinuses using a Neti Pot.
Your husband really should see an ENT. It isn't scary at all. I was a little nervous about allergy testing. I have a thing about needles. But there was nothing to it...just tiny pricks down my arm. Maybe all your husband needs is a Flonase prescription or some allergy medicine to help clear up his stuffiness.