Nasal congestion is an extremely common complaint that brings patients in to see their physician. Often times congestion is temporarily associated with the common cold or infrequent sinus infections. Nasal congestion can in some patients be more of a chronic daily problem that impairs quality of life, sleep, and exercise tolerance. Sometimes congestion is not a daily problem but a frequently recurring problem associated with frequent bouts of sinusitis.
Frequent causes of nasal congestion include:
- Deviated nasal septum sometimes also associated with a crooked nose
- Uncontrolled and undiagnosed allergies
- Recurring sinus infections
- Enlarged structures in the nose called turbinates which can block one’s breathing
There are many treatment options for chronic nasal congestion, both medical and surgical. Evaluating which....