Why Does My Nose Whistle?

February 10, 2023

why does my nose whistle

Why does my nose whistle?

Nose whistling is usually a sign of an underlying issue, such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps. Typically, it's not a serious problem and can go away on its own, but it's worth checking out if the sound is persistent or doesn't seem to get better with your usual care.

A Whistling Nose is a Common Cause of Sinus Congestion

If you have nasal congestion, you're much more likely to notice a whistling nose when it's time to breathe through your nostrils. This is because the airways in your nose become constricted, which can make them easier to whistle.

You can treat this by using nasal strips and saline rinses to clear the nasal passageways. If the whistling persists, however, you should schedule an appointment with our ear, nose and throat doctors for further examination.

A Perforated Septum is the most common cause of a nose-whistling noise. This occurs when there's a small hole or tear in the bone that separates your left and right nostrils, called the septum.

The septum can be damaged by a number of things, including trauma, surgery or a septal piercing. The most common perforations are minor and can be repaired with saline, ointments or a humidifier.

Treatment of a septal perforation will depend on the size and location of the hole. The ENT doctor will determine the most effective treatment for you.

Besides the obvious symptoms of a deviated septum, it can be a very common cause of nose-whistling and loud snoring. If your nose-whistling persists or gets worse, you should schedule an ear, nose and throat consultation with our ENT doctors for further examination.


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