Symptoms of nasal obstruction can include:
Difficulty breathing through the nose
Facial pain or pressure
Reduced sense of smell
Nasal obstruction can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
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Treatment for nasal obstruction depends on the underlying cause. For example, if the obstruction is caused by a cold or flu, over-the-counter medications such as decongestants and pain relievers may be helpful. If the obstruction is caused by allergies, antihistamines or allergy shots may be recommended. If the obstruction is caused by a sinus infection, antibiotics may be necessary.
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If the nasal obstruction is severe or does not respond to over-the-counter medications, a doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery may be an option to correct a deviated septum, reduce enlarged turbinates, or remove nasal polyps.
Here are some tips for relieving nasal obstruction at home:
Use a humidifier or take a hot shower to add moisture to the air.
Saline nasal spray can help to flush out mucus and irritants.
Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
Elevate your head slightly when sleeping.
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