What Causes Stuffy Nose and How to Treat It?

What Causes Stuffy Nose and How to Treat It?
Published on, 18 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Vidit Rohit Shah and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've been dealing with a stuffy nose for a few years now. I visited an ENT specialist who suggested it might be allergies. However, after seeing an allergist, I was told I don't have any allergies to the substances tested. The allergist still prescribed desloratadine for allergies, but it didn't seem to help. Interestingly, I noticed some improvement after taking antibiotics. I'm wondering what could be causing my symptoms and how best to treat them.



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


A stuffy nose can be caused by allergies or a deviated nasal septum. To alleviate your symptoms, try reducing your intake of cold beverages and foods, avoiding spicy, oily, and very hot foods, and practicing yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises. Taking walks in open-air spaces like parks three times a week for 15 minutes can also be beneficial. Additionally, wash all your bedsheets, pillow covers, doormats, and floor mats in warm water once a week.


For treatment, I recommend taking a combination of levocetirizine and montelukast once at night for 20 days after dinner. You can also use Otrivin nasal drops, three drops in each nostril, twice a day for five days.




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