Your nose is an integral part of your five senses. Without it, you can’t smell or taste. Does it seem like you have a constant case of the sniffles? Are you continually blowing and wiping your nose, even in the quietest of settings? If you are wondering what might be causing this annoying and somewhat miserable affliction, take a peek at three of the common culprits causing your stuffy nose.
1. The Common Cold
Have you been feeling groggy lately? Has your throat been sore or have you had a cough that comes and goes? If you have had these symptoms in conjunction with a runny nose, you may be dealing with a cold. The virus that leads to the cold is easy to pass, and without proper handwashing, people often continue to move it around. Your cold may feel neverending, and with good cause – you keep giving it back to yourself. When your immune system is compromised, you are more susceptible to a return visit from this foe.
Sinusitis is painful and produces pressure inside the head. It occurs when your sinuses become infected and fill with fluid. Your stuffy nose may be sinusitis if you also have a worsening headache and pressure if your breath has a foul odor and you are constantly fatigued. Sinus support measures may help to ease the symptoms of sinusitis.
3. Seasonal Allergies
When the cold weather gives way to milder temps and the reemergence of green, you know spring is on the way. If you suddenly develop itchy watery eyes and a stuffy nose, you also know your seasonal allergies have also returned. Particles in the air, such as pollen, may irritate your nasal passages leading to a scratchy voice, headache and constant runny nose. Taking precautionary measures can help control the severity of your allergies.
Treating the symptoms of these three ailments may take some natural therapy or over-the-counter remedies. If they persist, you may want to visit a doctor to get more help diagnosing your condition and getting some relief.