Stuffy Nose (Nasal Congestion) 

Nasal congestion is a primary symptom of rhinitis due to swelling of the soft tissue lining the nose.  Any condition causing nasal blockage may be a contributory factor as well. Rhinitis may be due to specific allergies (allergic rhinitis), infection or a more general sensitivity of the nasal lining (Vasomotor rhinitis). Sometimes the long term use of over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays is a major factor (rhinitis medicamentosa). Various irritants cause engorgement of blood vessels due to the local release of chemicals (especially histamine) in the tissues. Very frequently there is nasal itching, excessive sneezing and a runny nose (rhinorrhoea).

Diagnostics

Nasal Rigid / Flexible Endoscopy for a detailed assessment of the inside of the nose.

Nasal Swab for Microscopy and Culture

Skin Prick Allergy Test and RAST Allergy Test