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Alternative namesNose - congested; Nasal congestion; Congested nose; Stuffy nose
DefinitionMany people think that a nose gets congested (stuffy) from too much thick mucus. This is incorrect. A congested nose happens when the membranes lining the nose become swollen from inflamed blood vessels. Congestion can be caused by most of the same reasons as a runny nose -- including colds, allergies, sinus infections, and the flu. Overuse of some nasal sprays or drops can also lead to congestion.
ConsiderationsA stuffy nose is usually caused by a virus and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Newborn infants must breathe through the nose. Nasal congestion in an infant in the first few months of life can interfere with nursing and cause life-threatening breathing problems. Nasal congestion in older children and adolescents is often just an annoyance but can cause other difficulties.
Nasal congestion can interfere with the ears, hearing, and speech development. Significant congestion may interfere with sleep, cause snoring, and can be associated with episodes of not breathing during sleep ( sleep apnea ). In children, nasal congestion from enlarged adenoids has caused chronic sleep apnea with insufficient oxygen levels and right-sided heart failure . The problem usually resolves after surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils.
To relieve a runny or stuffy nose, the following over-the-counter medicines may help:
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT