Chest or nasal congestion is uncomfortable but usually not serious.
The cause of a stuffy nose or chest congestion could be:
Congestion caused by a minor illness usually clears up by itself after a few days. Drink plenty of water and non-caffeinated beverages and get enough rest. The following home remedies help relieve the discomfort of congestion:
If your eyes are watery and you are sneezing, the congestion could be due to an allergy such as hay fever and may clear up with an over-the-counter antihistamine.
If the congestion does not clear up after a week, or if it keeps coming back, come in to Urgent Family Care in Sevierville or Knoxville Tennessee, to have your symptoms evaluated. Congestion could be a sign of pneumonia, bronchitis, or a sinus infection.
Antibiotics will not clear up congestion caused by a virus, but the doctor might prescribe them for a bacterial infection.
See a doctor for congestion if:
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. It is information that is generally available. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.