Is That My Nose Whistling?

iStock-1176618214_small.jpgSome of us are more musically inclined than others but rarely does musical talent apply to our noses. Everyone experiences some "nose whistling" at some point or another, but persistent musicality from your nose may be due to an underlying issue. Nose whistling usually clears up on its own and is normally not a serious condition, but if your nose just won't stay quiet, you might need to see a doctor. So, why do our noses whistle and how do we get rid of it? Let's find out...

What Causes Nose Whistling?

In short, the whistling in your nose occurs when the airways in your nose become constricted, something similar happens when you make the opening your mouth smaller to whistle normally. This is usually a result of simple sinus congestion, which can be caused by allergies, cold or other viruses, or a sinus infection. There are anatomical issues that can increase the likelihood of your nose whistling, like a deviated septum, perforated septum, or nasal polyps. 

How to Treat Nose Whistling

The best way to get rid of your "singing" sinuses is to treat the underlying issue. So, if the whistling noise in your nose is caused by allergies, sinus infections, or a cold, treating that issue should take care of your musical nostrils. Things you can do in the meantime to help can include nasal strips and a saline rinse. If the underlying cause is related to issues with your septum, you probably need to consult your ENT for more specific treatment. If you are located in the Athens/North Georgia Area, Ashford Clinic is here to help! We can help you with nose whistling and all of your other ear, nose, throat, and sinus issues. Give our office a call at 706-248-6860 to learn more or to make an appointment.