Do you also suffer from a constant nasal blockage, but do you not have a cold when you are diagnosed? This can be a tricky condition where you may need clarification on what is happening with your nose. We spoke with Dr. Ravi Kyadiggeri, MBBS, MD Pediatrics, Fellowship in Neonatology, Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital, to learn more about this condition. The foreign body can cause nasal congestion, adenoid hypertrophy, deviated nasal septum, allergies, sinusitis, dry air, and even overuse of nasal decongestant spray can cause nasal block. When it comes to treatment, different underlying causes have different treatments. Regular steam inhalation for sinus inflammation and nasal congestion can help prevent nasal congestion.
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Constantly stuffy nose, but no cold: what is the name of the underlying condition?
According to Dr. Kyadiggeri, a stuffy nose without a cold is called a stuffy nose. There can be several reasons why you can have a stuffy nose without having a cold, namely the following.
Foreign body in the nose
One of the reasons for a stuffy nose is because of a foreign object in the nose. A stuffy nose for this reason should be treated immediately and one should not delay in seeing a doctor.
Adenoid hypertrophy is another reason why you can have a stuffy nose without having a cold. This is a type of obstructive disorder related to the adenoids. The diagnosis is made when the adenoids become inflamed.
Deviated nasal septum
Deviated nasal septum (DNS) occurs at birth in a few babies, said Dr Kyadiggeri. This can cause the thin wall (nasal septum) between your nasal passages to move to one side, which is known as a deviated septum. Many people have a nasal septum that is off center or deviated, making one nasal tube smaller.
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Other than this, allergic rhinitis can also lead to nasal congestion without a cold. Dr Kyadiggeri stated that it is an allergy that occurs due to food, nasal polyps and altitude. It develops when the body’s immune system reacts to airborne allergens. In response to the allergen, the body then releases histamine. The mucous membranes of the throat, nose and eyes are triggered by histamine as the membranes try to fight off the allergen, causing swelling and itching.
Prevention and treatment of nasal congestion
Dr. Kyadiggeri suggested the following methods of prevention and treatment. A child must be constantly monitored to prevent a foreign body from getting into the nostril. When your adenoids are inflamed, use steroid nasal spray to get relief.
According to Dr. Kyadiggeri, DNS is nothing more than a deviated nasal septum, which must be surgically corrected at birth. When it comes to allergic rhinitis, it can be avoided by not taking any food that the person is allergic to. Regular steam inhalation for sinus inflammation and nasal congestion can help prevent nasal congestion.
It boils down
Don’t ignore the early signs of nasal congestion. If your nose is constantly stuffy without a cold and it’s bothering you, consider seeing a doctor to diagnose the underlying illness.
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