Congestion can occur due to various reasons. The common cold, flu, allergies and other upper respiratory infections can lead to a feeling of being stuffed.
Even though it can be managed at home or with medications, there are instances in which it is best to seek medical care.
When to consult a doctor for nasal congestion?
A stuffed or runny nose is usually a nuisance but there are cases in which it might be a sign of an issue, especially if it is persistent or occurs among infants. A doctor must be seen if the following are present:
- Congestion is accompanied by fever higher than 100.4 degrees F
- Symptoms lasts more than 10 days
- Nasal drainage is yellowish or greenish
- Intense sinus pain
- Nasal symptoms have spread and causes sore throat or difficulty breathing
- Child below 2 years old has fever
- Congestion makes it hard for the child to breathe or feed
When to consult a doctor for the cold or flu?
If an individual has the flu or common cold, the doctor usually advises on bed rest, increased fluids and over-the-counter medications.
A doctor must be seen if the following are present:
- Elderly or young child with severe symptoms of the flu or common cold
- Temperature of 100.4 degrees F
- Could not hold anything down
- Difficulty breathing or chest pain
- Sore throat with difficulty swallowing
- Persistent cough that is either productive or hacking
- The symptoms worsen or persist for more than 5 days