Blocked Nose

“My nose is always blocked on one side”

“why is my nose always stuffy even when i’m not sick”

Everyone will have experienced the sensations caused by a virus (eg. common cold) or bacteria (eg. sinusitis = inflammation of the nose cavity) infection in the nose, or rarely a fungus (eg. Candida) infection, that results in the excessive production of thick sticky phlegm ( mucus ).

Hay fever (during change of the climate) and vasomotor rhinitis (inflamed nose) may swell the lining of the nostrils and produce so much watery mucus that they become blocked.

Polyps  are quite common in the nose, and may enlarge to completely block one nostril. Other growths, such as tumours and cancers, may also do this, but are quite rare.

The nasal septum (mid line divider of the nose) may be pushed to one side and block a nostril due to a birth defect or a fracture of the nose.

The incidence of diphtheria in children is now low due to vaccination. It causes a sore throat, thick grey sticky membrane across the throat, fever, nasal discharge, hoarse voice and obvious illness, with overwhelming tiredness and muscle aches.

Numerous medications may have a blocked stuffy nose as a side effect. Significantly, most decongestant sprays that are used to clear blocked noses will actually make the blockage worse if used too often or for too long.

blocked nose - nasal polyps - dr Ghorayeb

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