Stuffy Nose? Stopped Up? Utah’s Nasal Congestion FAQ

Nothing’s more annoying than a stuffy, congested nose. Sinus pressure, mouth breathing, a raw nose… it’s hard to pick which symptoms are the most uncomfortable! If you’re experiencing nasal congestion, take a quick look at this FAQ from our team at ENT Clinic of Utah. If symptoms persist, come see us at one of our clinics in Magna or West Valley City.

How do you relieve sinus pressure?

Sinus pressure occurs when the nasal passages become inflamed and produce increased mucus levels as they attempt to flush out the irritant. While this natural process is helpful, it certainly isn’t comfortable. Here are a few things you can do at home to relieve sinus pressure, whether caused by a cold or allergies:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Breathe steam (in the shower or over a pot of heated water)
  • Sleep with your head propped up
  • Use a nasal saline spray
  • Use a humidifier

How do I treat a cold?

In addition to trying some of the above techniques, try to get plenty of rest when you have a cold. Your body needs the down time so that your immune system can fight off the cold.

If your nasal congestion is accompanied by a sore throat, try gargling some saltwater. A quarter to half-teaspoon of salt stirred into a warm glass of water can provide much-needed relief. Other helpful remedies:

  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce achiness
  • Vaporizer to humidify the air
  • Over-the-counter cough medications to ease symptoms

How long does congestion last?

Nasal congestion may linger for about a week. With proper rest and at-home care, symptoms may pass sooner. It may be time to see a physician if…

  • Congestion lasts for more than a week
  • Fever develops and lasts for several days despite conventional at-home treatment
  • Nasal discharge is yellow or green and causing sinus pain

“Why am I always congested?”

If you are frequently or chronically congested, but not “sick,” consider seeing an ENT doctor near you for an evaluation. Ear, nose and throat doctors are specially trained to evaluate symptoms and explore possible causes of chronic congestion. Many patients at ENT Clinic of Utah have found answers – and relief – by working with our clinic. If you are constantly congested and tired of living with a stuffy nose, come see us at ENT Clinic of Utah in Magna or West Valley City, UT.

Schedule With an ENT Doctor In Magna or West Valley City

Schedule an appointment with an ENT doctor near you by calling 801-912-8270. Treatment for nasal congestion and stuffy nose is available.