Nasal congestion is a very common condition. In fact, most people get a blocked or stuffy nose from time to time. Although annoying, it is rarely serious.
Nasal congestion can develop when the blood vessels inside the nose become inflamed and the nasal tissues swell. Excess mucus drainage may also occur with a stuffy nose.
In many cases, nasal congestion is only a temporary problem. The following conditions can lead to a stuffy nose:
When someone has a stuffy nose, it may be accompanied by other symptoms. It’s common to also have sneezing and a dripping nose. Nasal congestion can also lead to a headache in some people.
Although it can be uncomfortable, a stuffy nose is nothing to worry about in most cases. Still, there may be times when it’s best to see a doctor, such as if symptoms don’t seem to be going away.
The amount of time it takes for symptoms to improve may depend on the cause but most people recover from a cold in about 10 days. If symptoms continue for more than 10 days, it may be time to see a doctor.
Addition symptoms to watch for that may signal something more serious than a stuffy nose include:
People who develop any of the symptoms above may want to see their doctor to rule out a bacterial infection or any other complication.
To keep your nasal passages moist, you can:
Otrivin Nasal Spray contains the active ingredient xylometazoline that works by narrowing blood vessels in the nose, throat and sinuses. It helps to open up and clear nasal passages by reducing congestion.
Nose sprays and drops clear a blocked nose immediately.
They are only for short term use. Do not use them for longer than 3 days. If you use them for longer than this, a rebound more severe congestion of your nose can happen.