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Stuffy Nose (Nasal Congestion)

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A stuffy nose, or nasal congestion, is a blockage of the air passageways in the nose, making breathing difficult. It's caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues, such as the common cold, allergies or spicy foods. It can also be due to pregnancy.

Treating a Stuffy Nose

Using a nasal spray, taking decongestants or having a humidifier may help alleviate a stuffy nose, particularly if it is brought on by the common cold. However, if you experience congestion for more than one week, you should seek treatment with a Jefferson physician.

When enlarged turbinates and/or a deviated septum cause nasal congestion and it is difficult to breathe, you may require surgical repair to help you breathe better.