Nasal congestion is also known as 'stuffy nose'. It is also associated with other health problems such as the sinus, but it can be caused by the common cold too. Sometimes home remedies are an effective solution, particularly in the case of a common cold. Medical treatment is however needed if the problem persists long term.
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In nasal congestion, there is an obstruction to the airflow, in and out from your nose. Runny nose occurs when there is excessive discharge of fluid from your nasal passages.
Causes to this condition are commonly found to be minor illnesses such as, the flu, cold and the sinus. If it lasts for more than a week it indicates a serious problem, which can be due to the following reasons:
Nasal congestion can also strike during pregnancy, usually when the first trimester is ending. This can be due to increased blood supply and hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy.
Diagnosis involves physical examination to screen out possible serious conditions. The most important test is Endoscopy for examining the nasal blockage.
Prompt medical treatment is advised if home remedies do not work. Doctor's consultation is required if you face the following problems:
Your doctor will recommend you a treatment plan once he determines the cause of your problem. These treatment plans usually include prescription medicines or over-the-counter drugs. Following are some of these medicines:
Surgery might be advised by your doctor if you have nasal polyps or tumors.
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