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Having chronic nasal congestion essentially means that you are living with sinus pressure or irritation on a daily basis. You may experience the symptoms more frequently than most.
Nasal congestion can be caused by anything that irritates the nasal passageway and surrounding soft tissue. The lining in the nasal area begins to swell and starts to create excessive mucus. The mucus is a defense mechanism of the body to help push out the irritant. A few common causes of chronic nasal congestion include: Stress Thyroid Disorders and other hormonal issues, severe allergies, dry air, Churg-Strauss Syndrome, nasal valve collapse, deviated septum, addiction to drugs, inflamed adenoids, certain prescription medications, or even non-allergenic rhinitis.
When Should you See a Doctor?
Although nasal congestion may seem like a mild concern, it could indicate a more serious issue. If symptoms do not subside within a week, it is best to seek out a doctor immediately. A bacterial infection may be present if there is green or yellow discharge from the nose. A high fever also indicates a more serious concern. If the discharge is thin and watery, it may be due to allergies. In this case you can try purchasing an over-the-counter antihistamine for remedy.
Treatment Options of Chronic Nasal Congestion
There are a wide array of treatment options that can be performed in the comfort of your own home, such as vaporizers or saline nasal sprays. At your local drug store you will find a large variety of otc medications as well. Prescription options available can include nasal sprays, various decongestants and allergy medications. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that can be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter is smaller doses. In more extreme cases, there are surgical procedures available than can remove tissue from the sinus cavity in hopes to relieve pressure.
Seek out an ENT Doctor
It is important to get properly diagnosed by a qualified ENT physician. They are specifically skilled in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose and throat. They will be able to determine the precise cause of the chronic nasal congestion, the severity and the best treatment option.
Dr. Don J. Beasley is board certified otolarygologist that practices in Boise, Idaho. He has been practicing ear, nose, and throat medicine in the Boise area for over 20 years. If you are interested in contacting Dr. Don J. Beasley, you can call the office at (208) 229-2368 or request an appointment today.