Nasal Congestion Specialist

Richard L. Nass, M.D., F.A.C.S. -  - Otolaryngologist

Richard L. Nass, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Otolaryngologist & Sinus and Nasal Specialist located in Manhattan, New York, NY & East Hampton, NY

If nasal congestion interferes with your ability to get a good night’s sleep or breathe clearly, don’t wait to seek professional help. With early intervention and treatment, nasal congestion often responds to conservative, noninvasive measures of care. Richard L. Nass, M.D., F.A.C.S., and his team use cutting-edge treatments, including the VIVAER® procedure, to manage nasal congestion. To make an appointment at the practice in Midtown East, Manhattan, or East Hampton, New York, call the nearest office or schedule online today.

Nasal Congestion Q & A

What is nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion, or a stuffy nose, is a common but annoying condition that occurs due to an underlying health problem like an upper respiratory infection or sinusitis. Most instances of nasal congestion respond to over-the-counter medication and rest, but if your symptoms persist for more than a few days, it could indicate a more serious issue.

What are the symptoms of nasal congestion?

Common symptoms of nasal congestion include:

  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Sinus pain
  • Mucus buildup
  • Increased drainage
  • Difficulty breathing

If you’re suffering from nasal congestion, you might also experience swollen nasal tissue.

When should I see an otolaryngologist about nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion is a common problem that almost everyone experiences at one point or another. Even so, certain symptoms indicate a potentially serious underlying health problem. Make an appointment to see Dr. Nass and his team if your nasal congestion:

  • Lasts for longer than 10 days
  • Is accompanied by a fever 
  • Occurs alongside green nasal discharge or pain
  • Occurs alongside bloody nasal discharge

You should also seek professional help if you’ve been diagnosed with a weakened immune system, emphysema, or asthma.

How is nasal congestion diagnosed?

To diagnose nasal congestion, Dr. Nass reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and if any activities like spending time outdoors make them worse. 

Afterward, Dr. Nass conducts a comprehensive physical exam. He shines a bright light in your nose and ears, examines your throat, and has you fill out a questionnaire. If these measures don’t provide enough insight into your condition, he might also order an MRI to get a better look at your sinuses.

How is nasal congestion treated?

Treatment of nasal congestion depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Nass usually recommends conservative, at-home measures of care like using a humidifier, propping your head up to encourage mucus flow from your nasal passages, and saline sprays.

If your symptoms worsen Dr. Nass may recommend septoplasty, turbinoplasty, and/or nasal resculpting procedures. The VIVAER procedure is an outpatient treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to reshape your nasal valves. Following the VIVAER procedure, many people experience improved nasal breathing right away.

To receive treatment for nasal congestion, make an appointment at the practice of Richard L. Nass, M.D. by calling the nearest office to speak with a caring staff member or scheduling online.