Nasal blockage is due to a physical obstruction in the nasal airway. It may be caused by a deviatedseptum, grape-like tissue growing from the sinuses (polyps), a foreign body or rhinitis, when there is congestion of the lining mucosa. Large adenoids,specific tissue at the back of the nose which produces antibodies, is a common cause in young children. Tumours are also a possible but fortunately very rare cause. Frequent sniffing or forceful intake of nasal air in a person with nasal blockage or congestion over a long time can weaken the alar valves, resulting in collapse on inspiration and additional blockage. Nasal blockage may cause turbulent nasal airflow particularly at night with snoring. If severe it may result in mouth breathing and dryness.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.