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What Is Causing My Nasal Congestion?

Are you feeling all stuffed up? Nope, it isn't because of all the food you ate over the holidays. It is your nose dealing with the weather and temperature changes of the winter season.

Fortunately, you don't have to live with nasal congestion and other associated symptoms. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont wants to share how you can find relief from nasal congestion as soon as possible to start breathing easier and getting back to your normal routine:

How Long Does Sinus Congestion Last?

Sinus congestion can seem to stick around forever—lasting upward of 10 to 14 days in some cases.

Staying hydrated and getting rest are your best treatment options. Decongestants can also relieve symptoms of nasal congestion, but it's important to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before taking this type of medication to make sure it will not interfere with another medication.

Nasal Congestion Causes

  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Allergies

How Do I Know When to See a Doctor for Congestion?

It is normal for nasal congestion to stick around longer than other cold and flu symptoms, such as body aches and a fever.

However, if your nasal congestion is still around after 10 days and doesn't seem to be improving, then it might be best to speak with a physician who can evaluate your symptoms to make sure there is not another health issue going on.

Winter Illness Prevention Tips

  • Wash your hands on a regular basis.
  • Use saline sprays to keep the nose moist.
  • Manage your allergy symptoms.
  • Avoid nasal irritants, such as smoke and/or pollution.
  • Boost your immune system to prevent viral infections.

What is causing your nasal congestion? Could it be a cold or the flu? Visit AFC Urgent Care Airmont today! No appointment is needed.

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