Nasal congestion or “stuffy nose” occurs when nasal and adjacent tissues and blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid causing a “stuffy,” plugged feeling.
Nasal congestion can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. Infections – such as colds, flu or sinusitis and allergies are frequent causes of nasal congestion and runny nose. For adults, talk to a health care professional if:
For children, talk to a health care professional if:
Until you see your doctor, try these steps to relieve symptoms:
To relieve postnasal drip when excess saliva (mucus) builds up in the back of your throat, try these measures: