My Nose Is Always Stuffy, Why?
My nose is always stuffy. That’s the way I felt couple years back before I started really taking care of myself and finding solutions to my health problems. And I know that numerous people feel the same, everyday. In this post I will try to answer to question: why is my nose always stuffy? In other words, what is it that causes stuffy nose?
Stuffy nose is usually annoying condition but very seldom it is anything serious. When you are suffering from stuffy nose the nasal passages are congested due to excess mucus buildup. The root causes for mucus buildup are inflamed blood vessels and swelling of the mucous lining of your nostrils. The blood vessels of the nostrils can be inflamed due to various reasons. When you are suffering from stuffy nose it is good to identify the causes of stuffy nose so you can avoid them. Avoiding the causes of nasal congestion and using effective stuffy nose remedies (that are presented on this site) you should be able to prevent frequent suffering from this bothering condition.
Allergies are one of the most common reasons for frequent nasal congestion. Allergies can be caused by many factors such as pollens, dust, mold, chemicals, animals etc. When allergic person is exposed to allergens, the body starts secreting histamine to counteract them. Immune responses like this cause the swelling of mucous membranes due lead to nasal congestion. Stuffy nose can also be due to allergic rhinitis where your nose and nasal membranes get inflamed causing stuffy nose. If you are suffering from stuffy nose due to allergies, try increasing the consumption of spicy foods and take a break from drinking milk and consuming grains, especially wheat.
Stuffy nose can also be due to nonallergic rhinitis. This is the case when your mucous membranes get inflamed without allergy or other apparent causes. Typical symptoms are runny nose, stuffy nose, itchiness and sneezing.
Sudden environmental changes, especially from hot to cold can easily lead to stuffy nose. Luckily this is usually a very short term problem.
Common cold and influenza are two common reasons causing blocked nose. The mechanism is the same as with allergies. The immune system of your body responds to viral infection in your upper respiratory system by secreting histamines. This swells the blood vessels causing the blocked nose. Common cold can also easily lead into sinusitis, another major cause for stuffy nose. Sinusitis is the infection of the sinuses; hollow passages connected to nasal passages. In addition to common cold, sinusitis can also be triggered by allergy, irritants, ear or dental infections, or smoking.
If you are suffering from frequent bouts of stuffy nose the cause may well be structural abnormalities. At least structural problems like deviated septum, enlarged adenoid and concha bullosa.
It is not unusual to suffer from stuffy nose due to adverse reactions caused by medications. Many drugs affect blood circulation and thus may cause swelling of the mucous membrane in the nose, leading to increased mucus secretion and nasal congestion.
Pregnancy is a common condition that causes stuffy nose. A woman body secretes high amount of progesterone hormone during pregnancy. Progesterone leads to a swelling in mucous membranes causing stuffy nose.