Blocked Nose

The Problem

A stuffy blocked nose is a very common symptom in the adult population.  Experts have noted that people with chronic blocked noses are increasing, especially in cities, due to air pollution. Smokers are also more frequently affected.

If you are suffering from a deviated nasal septum our ENT Surgeons are able to correct this via LAUP (Laser Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty), a minor Septo-Rhinoplasty procedure or Septoplasty.

Symptoms of a blocked nose may include consistent dry mouth, headaches, impaired smell, and recurrent sinusitis. In some people the other unpleasant side effect is that they may suffer with snoring.

When your nose starts to block, the natural reaction is to start breathing through your mouth. The down side is that mouth breathing tends to shift the oxygen and carbon dioxide balance. The body, in trying to rectify this balance, causes the nasal passages to become even more constricted making the situation even worse.

The “Nasal Cycle” always means that one side of the nose will be open, the other relatively blocked, from time to time and side to side during the day and night.

The Treatment 

If you have unsuccessfully tried a variety of drug treatments, including antihistamine tablets and nose sprays (steroid and antihistamine), the only solution is to remove the mucous that obstructs the airway.

To do this, so far, in the past you would have had to go through a surgery performed under general anaesthetic, with a risk of bleeding (in 1% of cases), and with dressing in the nose for several hours.

The Private Clinic offers a much quicker and simpler laser treatment under local anaesthetic called Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP). A single session of five minutes is enough to “clear” the nose instantly. After the laser session, the patient feels no pain, no dressing is required, there are no nosebleeds, and it is possible to resume normal activities immediately.

If a septoplasty is required, you will be scheduled in to meet with our of our leading Rhinoplasty specialist Consultants.

For over 20 years thousands of people have been treated with this technique.


The inside of the nose may crust slightly for the first week. Full recovery takes about 10 days.  Inferior Turbinectomy is not usually a painful procedure in the post-operative phase.

Our Medical Team

The Private Clinic has treated more patients than any other UK clinic and our surgeons have extensive experience in this field. We offer the latest laser procedures to treat blocked nose and snoring and we have done so for over 30 years. Professor Yves Kamami, a leading authority in the field of LAUP treatments.

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  • What are the causes of a blocked nose?

    Commonly, a blocked nose is due to an allergy, an infection, a virus or an out of balance breathing system.

    The condition, called obstructive rhinitis is characterized by a permanent swelling of the nasal mucosa.  Patients with nose blockage due to swelling of the lining of the nose over structures (called the inferior turbinates) might benefit from laser surgery.

  • What are the advantages of our treatments?

    The Advantages of our treatments include:

    • Simple walk-in walk-out procedures
    • No general anaesthetic. No hospital stay
    • Only 15 minutes under local anaesthetic
    • No downtime, go back to normal life straightway
    • Highly experienced ENT surgeons