Story by: Norton Healthcare on April 17, 2023
If you feel like you always have a stuffy nose, it might be one of many reasons. Stuffy nose, or rhinitis, is caused by swelling or irritation in the nasal cavity. It can vary from mild to severe and last for a few days or may last for a few weeks.
Your body normally produces mucus to coat the lining of the nose, sinuses and throat. This helps with keeping the areas moist, trapping debris and fighting infection. Normally, the mucus slides down the throat into the digestive system and is flushed out of the body. Sometimes inflammation occurs and traps the mucus in place.
“Most of us have suffered a stuffy nose at some point,” said Monalisa M. Tailor, M.D., internal medicine physician with Norton Community Medical Associates. “Continued stuffiness can be uncomfortable and hard to treat if you don’t know what you’re dealing with.”
Here are top reasons for a stuffy nose:
Norton Healthcare has a range of options when you have a stuffy nose.
“First we need to identify what’s causing the stuffiness,” Dr. Tailor said. “Sometimes it’s hard to know if you have allergies or a cold, or if it’s something else.”
You might try one or two of these remedies for a stuffy nose:
Colds and sinus symptoms typically clear up in seven to 10 days. If your symptoms last longer than 10 days or you have new or worsening symptoms, see a provider to evaluate your symptoms.
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