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Nasal Obstruction

Nasal obstruction also known as stuffy nose is a symptom of another health problem such as sinus infection though it may also be caused by common cold.

Nasal obstruction is marked by:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sinus pain
  • Mucus build up
  • Swollen nasal tissue

If you are experiencing a long -term congestion, you might need medical help however, home remedies may be enough to alleviate.

Cause for Nasal Obstruction:

The common causes of nasal obstruction can be minor illness, for instance, a cold, flu and sinus infections. Generally, illness-related obstruction usually improves within one week.

If your nasal obstruction lasts more than a week it can be a symptom of an underlying health issue such as,

  • Allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Chemical exposure
  • Environmental irritants
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Deviated septum

During your pregnancy, usually at the end of your first trimester you may experience nasal obstruction which is caused by increased blood supply and hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy.

The nasal membranes get affect by these changes, causing them to become dry, inflamed or to bleed.

Treatment for Nasal Obstruction:

To add moisture to the air, humidifiers can be an option for you which may help to break up mucus and soothe inflamed nasal passageways. Sometimes, these remedies aren’t enough to relieve obstructions, particularly if the symptoms of your nasal obstruction is caused by any other health conditions.

Medical treatment may be needed in this case, if your condition is painful and causing problem with your everyday activities you should seek for medical help.

If you are having any of these following symptoms, see our doctor right away:

  • Obstruction lasting longer than 10 days
  • Obstruction accompanied by high fever for more than 3 days
  • Nasal discharge of green in colour along with sinus pain and fever
  • A weakened immune system, emphysema or asthma

You should also visit our doctor right away if you have a injury in the head and now you are discharging bloody nasal discharge or a constant flow of clear discharge.

Nasal obstruction can be more threatening in infants than in adults and older children. Our doctor can work with you to find out the best treatment option for your baby.

Treatment for Nasal Obstruction:

After the cause of your chronic nasal obstruction is determined by our doctors they can start with the best treatment option for you. Treatment option for nasal obstruction often include medications to resolve or alleviate the symptoms.

If you have nasal polyps or tumors in your nasal passages or sinuses that are obstructing mucus from draining out, our doctor may recommend surgery to remove them.

Nasal obstruction can rarely cause any major health problem, and often caused by sinus infection and common cold. With the proper treatment symptoms usually improves.

If you are experiencing any signs and symptoms for chronic congestion, visit Dr Neetu Modgil to investigate the underlying problem.

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