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Stuffy Nose (Congestion) Causes & Symptoms

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What is stuffy nose?

A stuffy nose is the common term used to describe nasal congestion or nasal obstruction in the nose. This happens due to the nasal tissues and blood vessels swelling with excess liquid.

What causes stuffy nose?

A stuffy nose is usually caused by another condition. Generally, they have to do with sinus infections, allergies, or nasal deformities. Some conditions that can lead to a stuffy nose are:

When should I see a doctor about a stuffy nose?

It is important to consult a New York ENT doctor if you experience:

  • Sinus congestion or stuffy nose that persists for longer than 10 days
  • Nasal drainage is green or yellow
  • Sinus pressure or pain
  • Fever
  • Blood in nasal drainage
  • Stuffiness immediately following a face or head injury

How is stuffy nose diagnosed?

New York ENT doctors can make an accurate diagnosis with a physical exam, and by discussing symptoms with you.

What are some options for nasal congestion treatment?

Treating conditions related to a stuffy nose will range, based on the underlying condition that is causing congestion. The best way to treat your stuffy nose is by visiting an ear, nose and throat physician in order to make an accurate diagnosis for the cause of your stuffy nose.

If you are suffering from a stuffy nose, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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