Nasal congestion can occur when your nasal tissues are inflamed, and your nose is stuffy. You can suffer from nasal congestion Century City if you have an infection like the cold or flu, sinusitis, allergens, or nasal structural issues. Your specialist can help you identify the causes of your nasal congestion and offer suitable treatment options.
Causes of nasal congestion
Various reasons can lead to nasal congestion, and your doctor might advise you to be observant when you experience congestion. Common causes of nasal congestion include:
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Environmental irritants
- Nasal structural problems
- Nasal polyps
- Chronic sinusitis
Your specialist will administer treatment depending on what is causing the nasal congestion. They will review your medical history and perform necessary tests to check for problems like a deviated septum. After an accurate diagnosis, your specialist can offer you the most suitable treatment method.
Common types of medication include decongestants or mucus-thinning medicines, which can help clear your nasal passages. You can take such medication through your mouth, like oral pills, or your nose by using a nasal spray.
If you suffer from nasal congestion due to an allergic reaction, your doctor can offer antihistamines and provide you with an EpiPen to use whenever necessary. However, your specialist might recommend you identify and avoid allergy triggers to avoid such reactions.
A deviated septum is one of the reasons why you might undergo surgery. The condition occurs when the thin walls of your nasal passage move to one side causing breathing difficulties. Other symptoms can include nasal congestion because the nasal passage is partially obstructed. Your specialist can perform surgery to restore normal breathing and function to your nostrils.
Home remedies that you can use to ease nasal congestion
The key to alleviating nasal congestion is by opening up your nasal passages. One significant way of doing so is by providing moisture that can thin your mucus and help it flow out so that you can breathe better. You can prop your head on a pillow to allow the mucus to flow out.
Other home remedies you can use include:
· Humidifiers. Humidifiers help to add moisture to the air and help to soften mucus, and ease your breathing. However, if you are asthmatic, ask your doctor before using a humidifier in your home.
· Nasal irrigation devices. You can use nasal irrigation devices like Neti pot to rinse your nasal passages and flush out moisture. Avoid tap water to prevent infections, and use distilled or filtered water.
When to see a doctor
Nasal congestion can last 5-10 days, but it is time to contact your doctor if it persists beyond such a duration. Watch out for the following and visit your doctor immediately.
· A high fever accompanies the congestion
· Congestion lasts more than 14 days
· A green discharge accompanies the congestion
· You have a weakened immune system
If you have nasal congestion, visit Dr. Mani H. Zadeh, M.D., F.A.C.S., for treatment. You will receive personalized therapy focusing on your symptoms and the underlying cause of your nasal congestion to provide the best wholesome treatment. Call or book your appointment online today and receive exceptional service.