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Always Feel Stuffed Up? This Might Be Why

By Sara Butler

If you're constantly blowing your nose or having trouble breathing from one nostril or the other, then you might suffer from chronic nasal congestion. This issue can be caused by a variety of things. If you want to find relief, you must first determine why it's happening to you. Here are some of the most common reasons behind chronic congestion!

Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, then you're well aware of the misery that they can cause, particularly when it comes to congestion. Your nose is a complex part of the body and irritants in the air can irritate the lining of your nasal cavities, resulting in congestion. If you suffer from allergies, then it's important to avoid what causes them and speak with a healthcare professional about what you can do to help reduce your symptoms.

Relying on Decongestants

If you have a chronic stuffy nose, then chances are you've tried nasal decongestants in an effort to find some relief. The problem is that overuse of these decongestants can lead to even more congestion.

Most decongestants should only be used for a maximum of a few days. If you use them for longer, then you run the risk of the tissues lining your nose becoming reliant on them to function normally.

Dry Nose

Believe it or not, your nose can feel congested simply because it's too dry! Dryness can irritate the tissues in the nose and make you feel as if you're congested. Throw in the fact that as you get older your nasal tissues also tend to become drier -- and that can lead to a lot of stuffed up problems. Saline spray can be a great way to keep your nose moist and keep congestion at bay.

Sinus Infection

Of course, truly being ill is another reason for a stuffed up nose. A sinus infection can irritate your nasal lining causing inflammation and swelling. No matter if it's viral or bacterial, a sinus infection can be quite miserable. On top of congestion they can also cause pain or pressure in the face, a headache, and a reduced sense of smell. If you suspect you have a sinus infection, consult with a medical professional as soon as you can.

If you feel stuffy all the time, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today. They can help you get to the bottom of why it may be happening to you so you can do something about it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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