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...
As far back as the 19th century asthma experts have observed the link between asthma and nasal congestion. Recent studies seem to support this link. While studies are limited, they seem to show nasal congestion might be a trigger and a cause of asthma.
So let's investigate the evidence and see if we can come to a conclusion.
The two main causes of nasal congestion in asthmatics are:
Sinusits : According to Mayo Clinic , it's swelling of the nasal sinuses that "interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up." If it becomes persistent it may result in infections and other complications. If it lasts longer than 12 weeks it's called chronic sinusitis. About 15 percent of Americans have it, yet 70 percent of child asthmatics and 26 percent of adult asthmatics have it. It's often referred to as a cold that won't go away.
Rhinitis : Nasal allergies or hay fever. If left untreated it can lead to sinusit...
Hi, I hope that everyone is doing ok with his or her spring-time allergies. Frequently I am asked which is better to treat allergies : pills (oral anti-histamines) or nose sprays. For many people, putting medication in the nose may not be very appealing and they would rather take oral medications. However, several well-done studies have suggested that the first medication one should use to treat allergies to environmental proteins is the steroid nose sprays. Steroid nasal sprays have been proven to more effectively reduce nasal stuffiness, sneezing and post-nasal drip than allergy pills (anti-histamines). In fact, allergy pills on their own do not help with nasal congestion. Some allergy pills contain a decongestant in them, and are labeled with a “D” after their name, which will help with nasal congestion. These pills contain both the allergy medication and pseudophedrine. Although these are good medications (the combination allergy/pseu...
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