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How Long Should Nasal Congestion Last?

Nasal congestion can arise at any time. At some times, you may also have other symptoms like a headache, fever or sore throat. Other times, though, it might be just nasal congestion giving you trouble.

Either way, our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants you to know how you can best treat your nasal congestion and eliminate symptoms as soon as possible.

What Is Best for Nasal Congestion?

It can feel as though the days and nights are really long when you are having a hard time breathing through your nose due to nasal congestion. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to find relief.

For starters, you want to try decongestants, which can help to reduce swelling in the nasal passages. In addition, this type of medication can help to ease the sinus pressure and stuffiness that is causing the nasal congestion. However, before taking this medication, consult with your pharmacist or doctor about whether it's right for you, since it can have serious interactions with some types of medications.

Symptoms Related to Nasal Congestion

  • Bad breath
  • Ear pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Itchy eyes, nose, mouth and/or throat
  • Mild body aches

How Long Does Nasal Congestion Last?

Although it might feel like longer, nasal congestion usually lasts around five to 10 days, depending on whether it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

While decongestants can help to manage your nasal congestion symptoms, it is best to just let nasal congestion run its course. You may also find relief from using a nasal irrigation system to clear the nasal passages.

Causes of Nasal Congestion

  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Do you think your nasal congestion might be due to a cold or the flu? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!