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Old 04-05-2004, 07:34 PM   #1
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Question Nasal Congestion

I've been searching for the answer to this for a long time.

For a long time I have suffered from severe nasal congestion. I guess I have overactive mucous membranes (I have a lot of mucous and I'm not a smoker). I don't always have it all day long, but when I do get it, I get it bad. I could go to sleep at night and be fine, but when I wake up I find that one side of my nose is very congested.

Here's what has baffled me for a long time...

When my left nostril clears and I can breathe out of it, my right nostril becomes congested. And when my right nostril clears, then my left nostril becomes congested. It's very frustrating that I can't get rid of the congestion out of both nostrils at the same time.

So my question is, could someone please tell me why does nasal congestion switch sides like that?

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Old 04-06-2004, 01:27 PM   #2
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Re: Nasal Congestion

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Originally Posted by HealthBdMember
I've been searching for the answer to this for a long time.

For a long time I have suffered from severe nasal congestion. I guess I have overactive mucous membranes (I have a lot of mucous and I'm not a smoker). I don't always have it all day long, but when I do get it, I get it bad. I could go to sleep at night and be fine, but when I wake up I find that one side of my nose is very congested.

Here's what has baffled me for a long time...

When my left nostril clears and I can breathe out of it, my right nostril becomes congested. And when my right nostril clears, then my left nostril becomes congested. It's very frustrating that I can't get rid of the congestion out of both nostrils at the same time.

So my question is, could someone please tell me why does nasal congestion switch sides like that?
I don't really know, but my guess is that it has to do with the sinuses. When I wake up in the morning, like you, one side of my nose is stuffy, but when I stand up, it seems to clear a little. I have chronic maxillary and ethmoid sinusitis, and this is what I attribute the nasal congestion to. I use two sprays of Nasonex in the morning and that seems to do the trick. Maybe you could ask your doctor about a nasal spray like Nasonex or Flonase. Since it's been going on for a while, my guess is that maybe you have allergies.
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