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What Is Causing My Stuffy Nose?

Stuffy Nose ReliefNasal congestion can be annoying when you feel like you can’t breathe, or you breathe through your mouth to take in enough air. It can cause headaches, trouble sleeping and fatigue so if you’ve been dealing with a stuffy nose for some time, it’s worth it to determine the cause.
 

Reasons for Nasal Congestion

When nasal tissue and surrounding blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid, it results in a stuffy feeling as if your nose is blocked. A stuffy nose can sometimes be accompanied by a runny nose, but not always.

Some common causes for a stuffy nose include:

• Viruses and infections such as colds, flu or sinusitis
• Allergies
• Irritants such as tobacco smoke
• Dry air
• Hormonal changes
• Overuse of decongestant spray

Less common causes for nasal congestion include:

• Structural blockage from a deviated septum, polyps, or a tumor
• Enlarged adenoids
• A foreign body in the nose
• Thyroid disorders
• Nonallergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis (VMR), which causes a runny nose for no apparent reason
 

Remedies for Relieving Nasal Congestion

Try these treatments at home to help you breathe better:

• Gently blow your nose
• For babies and small children, use a bulb syringe to remove secretions
• Take a hot shower to let steam into your nasal passage
• Avoid allergic triggers and stay away from cigarette smoke
• Drink plenty of water to thin mucus
• Try nasal saline sprays or an over the counter antihistamine
 

When to Seek Medical Attention for a Stuffy Nose

Nasal congestion that doesn’t go away with home remedies should be addressed by a doctor, especially if it lasts for more than 10 days or keeps returning. You should also call a doctor if the following conditions are present:

• You have a high fever
• Discharge is yellow or green, accompanied by sinus pain or fever
• There is blood in your nasal discharge
• There is persistent clear discharge after a head injury
• Your infant has a stuffy nose and will not nurse
 

Sound Health Physicians are Experts in Treating Chronic Nasal Congestion

Whether you’ve been dealing with a stuffy nose for years or this is something new, you owe it to yourself to contact Sound Health Services. You could have allergies, a bacterial infection, or a structural issue that is causing your nose to feel blocked. We will discuss your symptoms and conduct a thorough exam to determine the cause of your stuffy nose and develop a treatment plan so you can get relief. Call us today at (314) 332-1377 in Missouri and (618) 235-3687 in Illinois.