Ailment Nasal Congestion

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Nasal congestion can be cleared up with simple OTC drugs, saline sprays and antihistamines. Home remedies like warm compresses, hot beverages, steam inhalation therapy, etc can also help get rid of a stuffy nose.

It can last up to 10 days depending on how a patient treats the congestion.

Nasal congestion can be a sign of allergies, acute sinitus, common cold, viral fever or even weather changes. However, it is also a common symptom of the coronavirus. If yo are experiencing any more symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, headache, diarrhoea, loss of sense of smell and taste, etc please stay indoors for a period of 14 days and contact your nearest medical facility to get tested

Steam is the most natural remedy for nasal congestion Patients can also use eucalyptus oil or decongestants like saline sprays and OTC inhalers.

Refined sugars and carbohydrates often enhance inflammation, and hence should be carefully consumed if you are prone to sinitus.

Nasal congestion or stuffy nose is caused by excess fluid filling up the nasal tissues and adjacent blood vessels, causing a blocked nose. When nasal discharge is observed, it causes a runny nose. It is a ubiquitous condition of the common cold or flu, and usually goes away with simple home remedies and OTC medication. However, it can be a cause for concern if children having nasal congestion experience disturbed sleep or infants experience feeding problems.

Common causes of nasal congestion include:
Acute sinusitis (sinus infection)
Alcohol
Allergies
Chronic sinusitis
Churg-Strauss syndrome
Common cold
Decongestant nasal spray overuse
Deviated septum
Dry air
Enlarged adenoids
Food, especially spicy dishes
Foreign body in the nose
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's granulomatosis)
Hormonal changes
Influenza (flu)
Medications used to treat high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, depression, seizures, etc
Nasal polyps
Nonallergic rhinitis (chronic congestion or sneezing not related to allergies)
Occupational asthma
Pregnancy
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Sleep apnea
Stress
Thyroid disorders
Tobacco smoke

Nasal congestion is also a common symptom of the coronavirus. If you are experiencing any more symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, headache, diarrhoea, loss of sense of smell and taste, etc please stay indoors for a period of 14 days and contact your nearest medical facility to get tested.

Nasal congestion treatment involves simple home remedies and common OTC medication. Some methods patients can implement for nasal congestion relief include:
Avoiding allergy triggers like dust
Gently blowing the nose to clear the nasal passages
OTC antihistamines
Avoiding common irritants like cigarette smoke and cold, rainy weather
Nasal saline sprays or rinses
Using a humidifier/ steam inhalation therapy
Taking a hot shower
Staying hydrated
Draining the sinuses using a neti pot
Warm compress

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