Occasionally I get this sensation of my nasal passages swelling up, to the point to where my nasal breathing is constricted by a fair amount. It seems to come and go on its own, and I don't have a runny nose, no congestion or blockage. I am not sure if it is just allergies, the last time I had a stuffy nose from allergies was years ago, probably about eight or more years. When it happens, it usually lasts for maybe a minute or so at most, and it occurs infrequently throughout the day, some days I don't get it at all.
Any idea what this is or what I might do about it? If it is allergies, I'll have to figure out what is causing it.
I have nasal congestion problems most of the year, so if it is an allergy for me it must be season independent, or I have several allergies...I have never been tested for allergies.
My problem is usually at night, but it sometimes comes on when I am just sitting and not doing much physical, like watching TV or on my notebook, like now.. I find nose sprays like the popular 12 hour don't use all the time, work very well, thus I conclude my nasal membranes are swollen from some stimulant. I also have prescription nose spray and while it helps it doesn't work as well as the over the counter Afirin or similar.
A side effect I get is dry mouth, so dry that it burns in the morning if I have tried to sleep without using anything to shrink the nasal membranes.
All of the above is accompanied with a bit of trouble breathing at all, which makes me wonder about lung heath. Yes, I get an annual physical and pass lung capacity tests and oxygen in the blood tests, go figure.
You describe short term congestion, that is a new one on me.
LOL, you know what it was I think, it was the beginning of a common cold. About four or five days after I was experiencing the swelling, I came down with a runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat and a cough. It only lasted a few days and now I don't have the swelling.
I suppose mine could also have something to do with allergies, the last time I had bad allergies was about seven or more years ago like I said and haven't had any since then.
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