Nasal Congestion

Michael Jaindl, MD -  - Otolaryngology

South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat

Michael Jaindl, MD

Otolaryngology located in Lehigh Acres, FL

Nasal congestion is usually short-lived, but when your symptoms never seem to go away, it’s a sure sign you have a chronic problem that needs medical care. Michael Jaindl, MD, at South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat in Lehigh Acres, Florida, has extensive experience getting to the source of your nasal congestion and providing customized treatment so you can finally get relief. To schedule an appointment, call the office today.

Nasal Congestion Q & A

What causes nasal congestion?

Your nose becomes congested when tissues and blood vessels in the nasal passages become swollen. These are the most common causes of nasal congestion:

Rhinitis

Rhinitis occurs when the mucus membranes lining the inside of your nose become inflamed and swollen, a problem that typically develops from a cold and seasonal allergies.

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages that may become large enough to cause congestion. 

Deviated septum

The septum is a thin strip of cartilage in the center of your nose that separates your two nostrils. You have a deviated septum when the cartilage is severely crooked or off-center, a problem that may lead to ongoing nasal congestion.

What other symptoms might occur with nasal congestion?

The different underlying causes of nasal congestion often lead to other symptoms that occur along with your congestion, such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Thick nasal discharge

Many patients with nasal congestion feel fatigued throughout the day because they have a hard time sleeping.

How do you treat nasal congestion?

When you come to South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat with nasal congestion, the medical team reviews your medical history and symptoms, then performs a physical examination. The first step is to determine the underlying cause of your congestion so that your treatment is customized to target the source of the problem.

You may need allergy testing and immunotherapy if your nasal congestion is the result of allergies. For nonallergic congestion, you may receive treatment with nasal sprays containing saline, steroids, or antihistamines. 

Some patients need an endoscopic procedure to remove nasal polyps or surgery to correct a deviated septum. The team at South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat also offers one of today’s most advanced treatments, ClariFix®.

What is ClariFix and how does it treat nasal congestion?

ClariFix treats nasal congestion caused by rhinitis, using cryotherapy or cold temperatures to block nerves responsible for swelling of nasal membranes. These nerves cause chronic rhinitis when they become hyperactive and continuously send nerve signals that cause swollen nasal membranes.

The ClariFix device is inserted through your nostril, where it freezes a small spot on the nerves. As a result, the nerves stop sending signals that trigger swelling and nasal congestion.

If you suffer from ongoing nasal congestion, help is available at South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat. Call the office today.