If you’ve lived in Tennessee long enough, you’re familiar with the way summer goes—you go out into the raging heat and then come back indoors to the cool comfort of air conditioning. But with all that temperature fluctuation can come an increased risk of sinus issues!

An occasional stuffy nose probably isn’t cause for concern. But if it sticks around for a while or is interfering with your ability to breathe, it’s probably time to seek medical attention.

Why Is My Nose Congested?

Nasal congestion happens when the membranes inside the nose swell, which can occur for a variety of reasons. Seasonal allergies, which are common here in east Tennessee, and sinus infections are two primary reasons for a stuffy nose. But there are other causes, as well.

What Causes a Stuffy Nose?

  • Allergens
  • Certain medications
  • Sinus infection
  • Nasal polyps
  • Environmental irritants

Can You Find Relief From a Stuffy Nose?

The earlier you see our team for care, the quicker we can help you find relief from nasal congestion. Whether you’re experiencing the common cold or a sinus infection, our team can get you back to breathing better and enjoying the summer. You can also take steps on your own that may help.

What Can Help You Breathe Easier?

  • Take a decongestant.
  • Use a humidifier to moisten the air in the home.
  • Take a hot bath or shower.
  • Use a Neti pot or other nasal saline solution.
  • Limit exposure to allergens.
  • Place a warm compress on your face.
  • Eat spicy food.

We have seven urgent care center locations across east Tennessee in order to serve our communities and their health needs. Visit the AFC Urgent Care TN website today to find the urgent care center nearest you!