What is Nasal Airway Obstruction?
Nasal breathing delivers approximately 70% of airflow to the lungs.1 More than 20 million Americans2 are estimated to suffer from nasal airway obstruction (NAO), which limits airflow through the nose with significant quality of life consequences.3
Symptoms may include:
- Nasal congestion or stuffiness
- Nasal blockage or obstruction
- Trouble breathing through your nose
- Trouble sleeping
- Unable to get enough air through your nose during exercise or exertion
Is Quality of Life Affected by Nasal Airway Obstruction?
A Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) survey9 is an assessment tool to capture how your patient’s breathing symptoms are affecting their quality of life. NOSE is a simple five question validated survey and uses a 20-point scale to capture breathing symptoms, with higher scores indicating more severe symptoms than lower scores.