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Nasal or Sinus Congestion Overview

What is nasal or sinus congestion?
A person with nasal or sinus congestion has mucus in the nose or sinuses that blocks the flow of air through the passageways.

What are the symptoms of nasal or sinus congestion?
Symptoms of nasal or sinus congestion include runny nose, stuffy nose, nose congestion, posterior nasal drip, cough, red eyes, fever, and sore throat.

How does the doctor treat nasal or sinus congestion?
The treatment for nasal or sinus congestion depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for nasal or sinus congestion may include oral fluids, saltwater nasal spray, humidified air, antihistamines, cough suppressants, decongestants, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Those with sinusitis may benefit from treatment with antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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