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What causes nasal congestion and sinus pressure?

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Nasal congestion and sinus pressure have many causes, including colds, the flu, and allergies. When you’ve got a cold or allergies, the membranes lining your nasal passages become inflamed and irritated. They begin to make more mucus to flush out whatever causes the irritation, such as an allergen.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sinusitis,” “Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology: “Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches,” “Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

FDA: “FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): “Prevention.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Cold and Flu.”

Natural Standard: “Common Cold,” “Influenza.”

Medline Plus: "Allergy."

CDC. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sinusitis,” “Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology: “Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches,” “Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

FDA: “FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): “Prevention.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Cold and Flu.”

Natural Standard: “Common Cold,” “Influenza.”

Medline Plus: "Allergy."

CDC. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 17, 2018

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