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Nasal Congestion

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Abnormal
  • The normal interior surface (mucosa) of the nose can react to irritants by becoming inflamed (swollen, red).  Such inflammation or congestion makes it hard to breath because it narrows the airways and obstructs the normal flow of air.
  • Allergens (e.g., pollen, dust) or infections (e.g., cold, flu) are the major causes of Nasal Congestion.
  • Treatment of Nasal Congestion is based on treating the underlying cause (see Allergic Rhinitis, nasal polyps, flu, and colds).  Breathing moist warm air using a vaporizer or in the shower, drinking 6-8 glasses of water, drinking warm teas and soups, avoiding allergens, and using saline sprays are all helpful.
  • Allergy medication and decongestants can be helpful if indicated, but extended use (more than 3 days) of decongestant nasal sprays or medications should be avoided, as they can be addictive and, while they may offer temporary relief, actually worsen congestion in the long run.




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