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Nasal Congestion Specialist

Pikes Peak ENT -  - Otolaryngology

Pikes Peak ENT

Otolaryngology, Head, Neck & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Colorado Springs, CO & Woodland Park, CO

Nasal congestion often seems to be at its worst when you’re trying to sleep, but it can affect every moment of your day. Board-certified specialists Michael Wilhelm, MD, and Luke Arnholt, MD, are well-versed in the causes and treatments for nasal congestion, and are ready to help patients at Pikes Peak ENT, with two locations in Colorado Springs and one in Woodland Park, Colorado. They take pride in the relaxed atmosphere that complements their patient-first approach to medicine. For effective treatment for nasal congestion, schedule a visit today. Call the friendly medical team or book an appointment online using the online tool.

Nasal Congestion Q & A

What is nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion occurs when tissues and blood vessels within the nasal passages fill with excess fluid. This swelling causes the stuffy nose sensation you feel with nasal congestion. Sometimes the congestion is accompanied by nasal drainage, but not always.

Your symptoms may worsen at night because of the position of your head and gravity. When you’re lying down, it’s more difficult to clear excess mucus from your sinuses. Changes in blood flow when you lie down may also worsen swelling of the inflamed tissues within your nasal passages.

What causes nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion may be caused by an inflammatory response to a variety of issues, including:

  • Colds and other viral infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Allergies
  • Exposure to irritants such as perfumes or tobacco smoke
  • Chronic (long-term) sinusitis

Nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths within the nasal passages, can also lead to persistent nasal congestion.

Obstruction of the nasal airways can also cause nasal congestion. Causes of the obstruction may include:

  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Enlargement of tonsils or adenoids
  • Foreign object, such as a bead

Enlarged nasal turbinates can also cause nasal obstruction. The nasal turbinates are long, narrow passages within the nasal cavity that warm and moisten the air flowing through your nose.

What is post-nasal drip?

Post-nasal drip occurs when mucus drains down the back of your sinuses and into your throat. It’s a common cause of a persistent, nagging cough or frequent throat clearing and may be due to allergies, colds, excessively dry air, and a variety of other issues.

What is the treatment for nasal congestion?

Treatment for nasal congestion depends on the cause. Allergy medications, decongestants, and nasal sprays may all be effective for temporary relief of nasal congestion due to an inflammatory response.

Home measures, like elevating the head of your bed, can help reduce nighttime symptoms. Structural abnormalities such as septal deviation or enlarged turbinates won’t respond to medication and are often treated with surgery.

The most effective treatment for nasal congestion is first identifying the underlying issue and then designing a treatment plan that addresses both your symptoms and the cause.

Schedule a visit at Pikes Peak ENT today for relief from persistent nasal congestion. Book your appointment online or give the office a call to schedule.