September 20, 2015

Turbine Nasal Dilator to Help with Nasal Obstruction

There is a device that has become popularized by Chris Froome (2x Tour de France winner) that may help with people suffering from nasal obstruction. Known as Rhinomed Turbine Nasal Dilator, it works by opening up the internal nasal valve of the nose allowing greater nasal airflow. However, this device will not work for all cases of nasal obstruction.

The internal nasal valve is located about 1 cm into the nose from the entrance of the nose. This area is also the most "narrow" part of the nose and tends to pinch in with strong nasal inhalation; that's probably why this device is being marketed mainly to athletes.

The Turbine Nasal Dilator opens this area up and prevents it from collapsing inward with nasal breathing. It mimics the action of breath-rite strips which is placed on the outside of the nose, but is reusable up to 10 times.

This device will minimally or NOT at all help with nasal obstruction due to other factors including:
It goes without saying that if breath-rite strips do not help with nasal obstruction, than the Turbine Nasal Dilator will probably not work either.

You can purchase this device on Amazon which comes in 3 different sizes. 

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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