When to seek medical advice

Get prompt medical care if you have nasal congestion accompanied by:

  • A fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or higher
  • A fever that lasts more than 72 hours
  • Greenish or bloody nasal discharge
  • Chills or sweating
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • A severe headache
  • Ear pain

Nasal congestion

Find possible causes of nasal congestion based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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