We all know just how unpleasant and even a nuisance nasal congestion can be. While most causes of nasal congestion aren’t anything to worry about, if this is something that you deal with regularly then you may be wondering what’s causing your nasal congestion and how our ENT doctor, Dr. Brett Metts, and the team at North Texas Ear Nose & Throat can help. You’ve come to the right place!
What causes nasal congestion?
Inflamed nasal tissue can often lead to the dreaded stuffy nose or nasal congestion. In most cases, a mild illness such as a cold or sinus infection is to blame; however, once the illness goes away within a week, the nasal congestion should go away, too. If your symptoms last for weeks on end, then there is typically something else that’s going on.
Some causes of chronic or recurring nasal congestion include,
- Nasal polyps
- Chronic sinusitis
- Deviated septum
- Environmental toxins and irritants
- Hormonal fluctuations (more common during pregnancy)
When should I see a doctor?
If you find that over-the-counter remedies just aren’t doing the trick, or that your symptoms last for more than 10 days then it’s a good time to turn to our ENT team for a consultation. We can easily assess the problem and determine the cause before providing you with treatment options.
You should turn to us for treatment if,
- You have a high fever that lasts more than 72 hours
- You notice green nasal discharge along with facial pain or pressure
- You have a weakened immune system
- You also have been diagnosed with asthma or emphysema
How is nasal congestion treated?
The first thing we need to do is determine the cause of your long-term nasal congestion before we can create your treatment plan. Most treatment plans will involve medications, either over-the-counter or prescription (or both), depending on the type and severity of your symptoms. Common medications used to treat nasal congestion include antihistamines, steroidal sprays, antibiotics, or decongestants. If a deviated septum or nasal polyps is to blame, surgery may be recommended to remove or correct these abnormalities to help the nasal passages properly drain.
If you are dealing with chronic or severe nasal congestion that is making it difficult to properly breathe, it’s time to consult Dr. Metts and the team at North Texas Ear Nose & Throat in Rowlett, TX. We are also serving Rockwall and Garland, TX. To schedule an appointment, simply call (972) 475-9151 today.