Nasal congestion



The inside of the nose can feel stuffed with fluid and mucus. Infections, allergies or irritants, such as tobacco smoke, can cause the stuffiness.


Drink plenty of fluids. Use a nasal rinse. Stay away from allergy causes. Take an allergy medicine you can get without a prescription if the cause is likely an allergy.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a health care provider right away for:

  • Problems breathing.
  • A nose that keeps running or has bloody mucus after a head injury.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a health care provider for:

  • Symptoms that last longer than 10 days.
  • High fever.
  • Mucus that's green or yellow.
  • Sinus pain.