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Nasal Congestion

NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy

Otolaryngology located in Sheepshead Bay & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

If your stuffy nose lingers long after your other cold symptoms have gone away, you may have a chronic condition that needs medical attention. At NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy in Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York, the team of skilled otolaryngologists offers comprehensive in-office diagnostic testing to determine what’s causing your chronic nasal congestion. They provide custom treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery, to clear your nasal passages and help you breathe deeper and clearer. Learn more about clearing persistent nasal congestion by calling the office or by using the online booking system.

Nasal Congestion Q & A

What causes nasal congestion?

There is a wide variety of conditions that cause nasal congestion, making it difficult for you to breathe, smell, or taste properly. Nasal congestion is often a common side effect of the common cold or flu, but may also result from:

  • Dryness
  • Infection
  • Allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Enlarged adenoids

You can also develop chronic nasal congestion as a result of underlying medical conditions, such as asthma or a thyroid disorder.

How is nasal congestion diagnosed?

Your physician at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy determines the root cause of your nasal congestion by reviewing your medical history and listening carefully to your symptoms. They also perform a comprehensive exam of your nasal passages.

In some cases, your doctor may use an endoscopic procedure where they use a tiny camera to get a better view of your sinus cavity.

What treatments are available for nasal congestion?

If nasal congestion relates to a cold or the flu, your provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to alleviate congestion and excess mucus.

If your nasal congestion is the result of sinusitis, a chronic inflammation of the sinus passages, the team may recommend surgical procedures to open the natural sinus pathways to help you breathe easier. Procedures to open sinuses can include balloon sinuplasty. An endoscopic procedure is also available in which your surgeon removes excess sinus tissue to clear your airways.

Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and the root cause of your nasal congestion. Your provider creates a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs based on your medical history and current health.

How can I prevent nasal congestion at home?

If your nasal congestion is the result of inflammation from dried sinuses, it can help to use a humidifier in your home during dry months. You may also benefit from nasal saline solutions that keep the sinus lining moisturized and prevents inflammation.

In some cases, allergies cause chronic nasal congestion. The staff at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy offers allergy testing and treatment options to alleviate your nasal symptoms and help you breathe better.

If you’re tired of constantly having a stuffy nose, many effective treatment options can help you feel better overall and enhance your breathing. Schedule a consultation with a skilled otolaryngologist online or by phone.