Nasal Congestion

Nasal Congestion

What is Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion, more commonly known as a “stuffy nose”, is when the nasal tissues and blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid, causing a plugged feeling in the nose, and making it difficult to breathe.


Almost everyone has experienced the feeling of a stuffy nose at least once in their life. Other symptoms that can accompany nasal congestion include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Snoring
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste
  • Watery eyes
  • Sinus pain


There are a number of things that could cause nasal congestion.

Common causes of nasal congestion include:

  • Allergies
  • Cold or flu
  • Exposure to chemicals or irritants
  • Smoke
  • Sinus infection
  • Deviated septum


Treatment for nasal congestion depends entirely on the cause. Most of the time, a stuffy nose will get better on its own, as whatever the cause is also gets better.

Some medications or nasal sprays can also be beneficial to help clearing a stuffy nose, but once again it depends on the cause.

When to See a Medical Doctor

If your symptoms last more than 10 days, see a doctor.

Also, nasal congestion is accompanied by a high fever, you’re experiencing sinus pain, or yellow or green discharge is coming out of your nose, speak to a doctor.