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Understanding Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion is a common condition in which the nasal passages become swollen and inflamed, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including allergies, colds, sinus infections, and nasal polyps.
If you’re experiencing nasal congestion, LifeMD can help. You may be prescribed medications such as nasal sprays, decongestants, antihistamines, or corticosteroids, depending on the cause and severity of your symptoms.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend additional tests to determine the cause of your nasal congestion. By working with a doctor, you can develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs and effectively manages your nasal congestion.

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Medications Prescribed for Nasal Congestion

Fexofenadine/pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D)

A combination antihistamine and decongestant used to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies and nasal congestion, such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and sinus pressure.

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Fluticasone (Flonase, Flovent, others)

A nasal spray that contains a low-dose corticosteroid and saline solution. It is used to treat nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing.

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Amoxicillin/potassium clavulanate (Augmentin, others)

A combination penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This may be prescribed if nasal congestion is the result of a sinus infection.

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Common Questions About Nasal Congestion

What causes nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion, also known as a stuffy or blocked nose, is oftentimes caused by inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages. This can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as viral or bacterial infections (the common cold or a sinus infection, for example), seasonal allergies, irritants (such as smoke or strong odors), and even certain medications. The swollen nasal passages can restrict airflow, leading to difficulty in breathing through the nose and a sensation of congestion.

Can changes in weather cause a stuffy nose?

Yes, changes in weather can cause a stuffy nose. Cold, dry air – or sudden weather fluctuations – can dry out nasal passages or constrict blood vessels, leading to nasal congestion. Weather-related allergens like pollen or mold spores can trigger nasal congestion as well. Some people may be more susceptible to experiencing a stuffy nose due to weather changes than others.

How long does a stuffy nose typically last?

A stuffy nose can be caused by a variety of factors such as colds, allergies, a sinus infection, or even dry air. Therefore, the duration of a stuffy nose will vary depending on the underlying cause and individual factors. In many cases, a stuffy nose resolves on its own while in other cases, it may persist for a longer period of time or require treatment with over-the-counter nasal decongestants or prescription medications.

If you’re concerned about the duration of your stuffy nose or if it’s accompanied by severe symptoms or complications, be sure to consult with a licensed health provider.

Why does my nose get stuffy at night?

Nasal congestion at night can happen for a variety of reasons. When you lie down, increased blood flow to the nasal passages – as well as gravity – can cause nasal tissues to swell, resulting in congestion. Allergens in the bedroom (such as dust mites, pet dander, or pollen) can also trigger nasal congestion. Dry indoor air (which is common during winter when heating is used) can dry out the nasal passages, leading to congestion as well.

Using a humidifier, elevating your head during sleep, and avoiding allergens can help alleviate nasal congestion at night.

Can nasal congestion be a sign of something more serious?

In some cases, nasal congestion can be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, or other underlying medical conditions. If nasal congestion persists or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, be sure to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the cause.

Is nasal congestion a symptom of COVID-19?

Nasal congestion can sometimes be a symptom of COVID-19. COVID-19 can present with a wide range of symptoms, including nasal congestion or stuffy nose, along with cough and sore throat. Keep in mind that nasal congestion can also be caused by other conditions such as colds, allergies, sinusitis, or respiratory infections – so it's not always specific to COVID-19.

Can nasal congestion cause loss of taste?

Yes, nasal congestion can sometimes cause a temporary loss of taste. When the nasal passages are congested due to conditions such as colds, allergies, sinusitis, or respiratory infections, the ability to smell can be affected – which can impact sense of taste. The sense of taste is closely linked to the sense of smell, and when the ability to smell is compromised, it can lead to a diminished sense of taste.

Once nasal congestion clears, sense of taste typically returns to normal. If your loss of taste persists or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, be sure to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.

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