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Nasal Congestion Specialist

Kamran Jafri MD PC

Sleep Specialist & Sinus Specialist located in Financial District & Midtown, New York, NY

Not being able to breathe because of nasal congestion can have a significant effect on your quality of life. Dedicated to helping patients breathe better, sleep better, and live better, Kamran Jafri, MD PC, in New York City, offers advanced diagnostic tests and treatments to help you get relief from your nasal congestion. Call the Financial District or Midtown, Manhattan, office to schedule a consultation, or use the online booking button.

Nasal Congestion Q & A

What is nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion is a symptom that causes your nose to feel runny or stuffy. The nasal congestion may occur all the time or during certain times of the year. 

Common causes of nasal congestion include:

  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Nasal irritants
  • Medications
  • Turbinate hypertrophy
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal blockage
  • Polyps
  • Acid reflux

If you suffer from nasal congestion, you may have to blow your nose frequently, which may cause your nostrils to be red and irritated all the time. You may also experience a postnasal drip or cough, as well as nasal obstruction symptoms.

What are nasal congestion symptoms?

Your stuffy and runny nose are the most common symptoms of nasal congestion. However, you may also experience:

  • Sinus headaches
  • Sinus pressure
  • Sneezing
  • Changes in smell
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nosebleeds
  • Scratchy or irritated nose
  • Crusting of the nose

Your nasal congestion can also affect your ability to breathe through your nose, which can affect your sleep.

How is nasal congestion diagnosed?

Kamran Jafri, MD PC, performs comprehensive examinations when you come to the office due to nasal congestion. The goal of the exam is to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a customized treatment plan before you leave.

Your evaluation includes a review of your medical history, the conduction of a physical exam, and evaluation of the nose and sinus passages. To determine the cause of your congestion, you may have a nasal endoscopy, which is a diagnostic tool that is inserted in your nose and allows your provider to see the inner nose and structures. To make a diagnosis, your provider sprays a nasal decongestant into the nose before and after the nasal endoscopy. 

If allergies are suspected as the underlying cause of your nasal congestion, you may need allergy testing, which is done at the office. 

In some cases, you may need a CT scan or MRI.

How is nasal congestion treated?

Kamran Jafri, MD PC, develops customized solution-driven treatment plans for nasal congestion. Your plan may first include conservative treatments, such as medicated nasal sprays and saline rinses, as well as treatment of any underlying allergies.

If conservative measures fail to improve your nasal congestion, you could undergo additional diagnostic testing to see if you would benefit from a minimally invasive procedure such as a turbinoplasty or cryoablation.

To get relief from your nasal congestion with a comprehensive plan, call Kamran Jafri, MD PC, or request an appointment online today.