Nasal congestion refers to a stuffy nose.
Nose - congested; Congested nose; Stuffy nose
Many people think that a nose gets congested (stuffy) from too much thick mucus. However, in most cases, the nose becomes congested when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels.
Newborn infants must breathe through the nose. Nasal congestion in an infant's first few months of life can interfere with nursing, and in rare cases can cause serious breathing problems. Nasal congestion in older children and adolescents is usually just an annoyance, but it can cause other difficulties.
Nasal congestion can interfere with the ears, hearing, and speech development. Significant congestion may interfere with sleep.
When nasal stuffiness is just on one side, the child may have inserted something into the nose .
A stuffy nose is usually caused by a virus or bac...
Rhinitis - nonallergic; Idiopathic rhinitis; Nonallergic rhinitis
Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
Watery nasal drainage ( rhinorrhea )
Signs and tests
The doctor will ask you about your symptoms, when they occur, and what seems to trigger them.
You will also be asked about your home and work environment. The doctor may look inside your nose and see that the tissues lining the nose are swollen due to inflamed blood vessels.
Allergy skin tests may be done to rule out allergies as a cause of your symptoms.
Blood tests to determine your total blood levels of IgE (allergic antibody) and total circulating eosinophil count (a type of white blood cell) may be ordered.
Definition Septoplasty is surgery to correct any problems in the nasal septum, the wall inside the nose that separates the nostrils. See also: Rhinoplasty Alternative Names Nasal septum repair Description Most patients receive general anesthesia before septoplasty. This will make you unconscious and unable to feel pain. Some have the surgery under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to block pain. You will stay awake if you have local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 1 to 1 hours. Patients usually go home the same day. Your surgeon will make a cut inside the wall on one side of your nose. The mucus membrane that covers the wall will be lifted up. Then your surgeon will remove or move any cartilage or bone that is causing the blockage in the area. After this, your surgeon will put the mucus membrane back in place. This membrane will be held in place by stitches, splints, or packing material. Why the Procedure Is Performed The main reasons for this surgery are: To repair a crooked, bent, or defo...
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