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In order to treat your nasal congestion, consult with one of our board-certified doctors online today to develop a treatment plan to get relief from your stuffy nose. Get a new prescription to treat nasal congestion or refill an existing prescription today.*

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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor's discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of nasal congestion. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Learn about nasal congestion

Nasal congestion happens when breathing through the nose is obstructed. Also known as a stuffy nose or congested nose, nasal congestion is a common symptom of several medical conditions.

In most cases, nasal congestion isn't serious. Although it can be uncomfortable, there are plenty of home remedies to alleviate nasal congestion. However, chronic congestion may require medical treatment.

What causes nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion happens when blood vessels in the tissues lining the nose become inflamed. Minor illnesses are the most common causes of stuffy noses.

If your nasal congestion lasts longer than one week, it may be a symptom of an underlying health issue. Many conditions can cause a stuffy nose, including:

  • Viral infection

    Viral infection, such as the common cold and the flu

  • Bacterial infection

    Bacterial infection, such as a bacterial sinus infection

  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

    Allergic rhinitis (hay fever), where the body's immune system responds to a perceived threat (i.e., dust, pollen, or pet dander)

  • Occupational rhinitis

    Occupational rhinitis, where a person reacts to substances in their workplace

  • Pregnancy rhinitis

    Pregnancy rhinitis, where changing hormones cause the swelling of mucus membranes

Nasal congestion symptoms

The most common symptoms of nasal congestion include:

    • A stuffy or runny nose

    • Sinus pain

    • Mucus buildup

    • Swollen nasal passages

How to treat nasal congestion

If you experience nasal congestion for longer than one week, talk to your doctor for advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Once your doctor has diagnosed the cause of your congestion, they can recommend the best treatment approach. In most cases, nasal congestion can be treated with a combination of home remedies and medication. Some effective at-home treatment options include:

  • Drinking plenty of clear fluids

  • Applying a warm washcloth to your face

  • Using a warm mist humidifier or taking a hot shower

  • Staying upright (or keeping your head elevated) to prevent congestion

  • Using gentle saline sprays 3–4 times a day

  • Avoiding allergy triggers, such as hay, to prevent nasal allergies

Nasal congestion medication

Treatment for chronic nasal congestion typically includes over-the-counter or prescription medication to alleviate symptoms. Depending on the underlying cause of your congestion, your doctor may recommend:

How to prevent nasal congestion

Although it's not always possible to prevent congestion, taking steps to thin your mucus can help reduce symptoms. The same home remedies for treating congestion can also help with prevention:

  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

  • Inhaling steam or taking a hot shower.

  • Using saline sprays to reduce stuffiness and inflammation.

  • Flushing the sinuses with sterile water using a neti pot.

  • Applying a warm compress to boost circulation.

  • Inhaling eucalyptus oil through steam.

When to see a doctor for nasal congestion

Although most cases of nasal congestion can be treated with home remedies, congestion may indicate a more serious health condition. Contact your doctor if you experience:

  • A stuffy nose with swelling of the forehead, eyes, nose, or cheek.

  • A sore throat, or white or yellow spots on the tonsils.

  • Discharge from the nose that has a bad smell, or is a color other than white or yellow.

  • A cough that lasts more than 10 days, or produces yellow-green or gray mucus.

  • Bloody nasal discharge after head trauma.

  • Symptoms that last more than 3 weeks.

Nasal congestion treatment FAQs

  • What can make nasal congestion worse?

    To avoid making your congestion worse, be sure to avoid: Dehydration Not getting enough sleep Dry air Tobacco smoke and other strong scents Although most sinus infections only last about a week, uncomfortable symptoms can interfere with your daily life. By taking steps to manage your symptoms (and avoid anything that makes them worse), you can help speed up your recovery and help the infection run its course.

  • What foods help clear sinuses?

    If you're dealing with a sinus infection, eating anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods can help reduce inflammation and congestion. Foods that help clear the sinuses include:

    • Antioxidant-rich foods: Bright-colored vegetables and fruits, such as berries, kiwi, papaya, and pineapple

    • Anti-inflammatory foods: Garlic, ginger, and peppers Meanwhile, dairy products can worsen congestion symptoms. To expedite the healing process, avoid dairy products and refined sugars, which can increase mucus production.

  • Will a neti pot help my nasal congestion?

    Yes, neti pots can help clear out mucus and make it easier to breathe. Neti pots are safe, natural, and effective treatment options for congestion, but it's important to follow safety guidelines and use neti pots as directed.

    To use your neti pot safely, be sure to:

    • Use only sterile, distilled water that has been boiled and left to cool. Avoid using cold or boiling water.

    • Replace your neti pot frequently (every 3–4 months) to avoid bacteria buildup.

    • Thoroughly clean and dry your neti pot after using it. Wash your pot with hot water and antibacterial soap.

    • Stop using your neti pot if it doesn't improve your congestion symptoms. Avoid using neti pots on infants. Talk to your child's pediatrician before using a neti pot on young children.

  • How can I sleep with a stuffy nose?

    Although having a stuffy nose can make it harder to sleep, there are simple steps you can take to alleviate congestion and sleep better.

    • Keep your head elevated using extra pillows.

    • Use bedding covers to reduce your exposure to allergens.

    • Use nasal spray or saline spray to clear your nasal passages before bed.

    • Wear a nasal strip while you're sleeping.

    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

    • Take your allergy medications at night.

    • Place a humidifier in your bedroom to avoid dry air.

3 simple steps to request treatment for nasal congestion today

Step 1

Book a nasal congestion treatment appointment.

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Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your nasal congestion symptoms.

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Step 3

Pick up a prescription to treat your nasal congestion.

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Related conditions to nasal congestion

Nasal congestion can be caused by anything that irritates the nasal tissues. Some conditions related to nasal congestion include:

Nasal congestion treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request nasal congestion treatment and get a new or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

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30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance



First month free

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Repeats only $99

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $99 for active members.

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