This condition occurs when the lining of the inside of the nose swells, which can make it difficult to breathe through your nose.
A stuffy nose, also called nasal congestion, is a symptom that occurs when lining of the inside of the nose swells. This swelling is usually caused by allergies, a sinus infection, or various viral infections (i.e., the common cold).
A stuffy nose is uncomfortable. However, regardless of the cause, it usually resolves on its own without prescription medications. It typically lasts about a week and can cause you to feel like you are not hearing as well as you usually do. Also, your ears can be painful and feel congested. A frequent stuffy nose, or one that happens at certain times of the year, may be due to allergies. There are things you can do at home to help ease a stuffy nose.
While most stuffy noses go away on their own, there may be times you need to contact your healthcare provider.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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