Nasal Congestion Specialist

Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists

Audiology & Otolaryngology located in Petoskey, MI & Gaylord, MI

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 Q & A

What causes nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion develops when tissues and blood vessels throughout your nasal passages become swollen. The most common causes of nasal congestion include:

Infection

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

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.

Deviated septum

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.

Other causes

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.

What other symptoms develop along with nasal congestion?

Several other symptoms may accompany your congestion. Depending on the underlying cause, you may experience:

  • A runny nose
  • A cough
  • Sneezing
  • A headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Postnasal drip
  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Itchy nose, eyes, or mouth
  • Thick nasal discharge

Nasal congestion also tends to make you feel generally fatigued, even if you sleep well despite the stuffiness and other symptoms.

How is nasal congestion treated?

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:

  • Septoplasty: surgery to correct a deviated septum
  • Latera® nasal implants: reinforce cartilage in your nasal wall to reduce airway obstruction
  • ClariFix®: uses cryotherapy to block hyperactive nerves in the back of your nose that are responsible for dilating veins and enlarging membranes in your nose

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.