Nasal congestion is downright miserable no matter what causes the problem. However, since there are numerous possible causes, you can count on the expert team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Petoskey and Gaylord, Michigan, to get to the bottom of your problem and provide the exact treatment you need to feel better. To get relief from nasal congestion, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.
Nasal congestion develops when tissues and blood vessels throughout your nasal passages become swollen. The most common causes of nasal congestion include:
A stuffy nose, or rhinitis, usually develops when you have a cold and the virus spreads to your nose. As a result, the mucous membranes lining your nose become inflamed and congested. Allergic rhinitis caused by pollen, mold, and dust can also lead to a nasal infection.
Nasal polyps are soft, painless, and noncancerous growths that develop on the lining of your nasal passages and sinuses. They’re caused by chronic inflammation due to recurring infections, allergies, asthma, and certain immune disorders.
When the cartilage that defines the center of your nose, called the nasal septum, is off-center or crooked, it makes it easier for your nose to become congested.
Of course, there are many other reasons you may experience nasal congestion. For example, severely swollen tonsils and adenoids and overuse of decongestant nasal sprays can lead to congestion. It’s also common to develop congestion during pregnancy when hormonal changes cause swollen nasal passages.
Several other symptoms may accompany your congestion. Depending on the underlying cause, you may experience:
Nasal congestion also tends to make you feel generally fatigued, even if you sleep well despite the stuffiness and other symptoms.
The team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists customize your treatment based on the cause of your congestion. For example, they provide allergy testing and immunotherapy if your congestion is due to allergies, remove hardened earwax, and treat nonallergic rhinitis with saline, steroids, or antihistamine nasal sprays.
These are a few examples of specialized treatments available at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists:
You don’t need to struggle with nasal congestion when the team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists can get to the bottom of the problem and provide effective treatment. To schedule an appointment, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.