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Nasal congestion is often a symptom of minor illnesses, such as a sinus infection or a cold. When symptoms last longer than a few weeks, it is considered chronic nasal congestion and could be the result of another underlying health condition. Chronic nasal congestion can be painful and interfere with one’s everyday activities. Treatment plans often include over-the-counter or prescription medication to resolve or alleviate symptoms. 


Common signs and symptoms of chronic nasal congestion include:

  • Congestion lasting longer than 10 days
  • Green nasal discharge
  • Sinus pain and fever
  • Congestion accompanied by a fever greater than 100.5 lasting more than 3 days


Nasal congestion occurs when the nose becomes stuffy and inflamed. Minor illnesses are common causes of nasal congestion, such as a cold, flu, and sinus infections. When congestion lasts longer than 10 days, it is often a symptom of an underlying health condition. Chronic nasal congestion may be caused by:

  • Allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Nasal polyps
  • Chemical exposures
  • Environmental irritants
  • A long-lasting sinus infection, known as chronic sinusitis
  • A deviated septum


After determining the cause of your chronic nasal congestion, your doctor can recommend a treatment plan. Treatment may include:

The direct cause of chronic nasal congestion can be managed with over the counter medicines and prescription medications. Contact Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology today to schedule your appointment if you suffer from chronic nasal congestion.

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