Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion is another term for a "stuffy nose".
Nasal congestion occurs when nasal tissue and blood vessels start to swell from excess fluid in the nose.


A stuffy nose can be the result of anything that irritates the tissues within the nose, such as a cold, the flu, sinusitis, allergies, and irritants.


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Symptoms for nasal congestion include a “stuffy” feeling in the nose or a discharge from the nose, due to the excess fluid. Sometimes the nose may bleed do to excess congestion.

Who is at Risk?

Nasal congestion can impact anyone, from infants to young children, to adults and the elderly.


There are simple steps you can take to relieve your nasal congestion:

  • Gently blow your nose

  • Avoid common irritants

  • Drink plenty of fluids

  • Use a humidifier

  • Press a warm compress to your face

  • Use nasal saline sprays or rinses


When should I see a Doctor for Nasal Congestion?

Nasal discharge is a common symptom that may resolve on its own. However, if your discharge does not resolve over time or begins to change, a medical consultation may be necessary. Examples of changes to your symptoms include, bleeding or colored nasal discharge, one-sided facial pain and fever. Common diagnosis include allergic rhinitis and sinus infection.

MeMD is a convenient and secure way to receive medical care for nasal congestion online, over the phone, or by app 24/7/365.

This page offers general health information to facilitate discussion with your telehealth provider. You must not rely on the information on our website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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