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Nasal congestion

Self-care

Self-care options include using a humidifier in the home, clearing the nose with a nasal rinse, or taking an over-the-counter antihistamine if allergy is suspected.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Clear, watery nasal discharge after a head injury
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sinus pain worsens

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Lasts longer than 10 days
  • Fever in a baby younger than 2 months old
  • Greenish discharge, fever, and sinus pain
  • Blood-tinged discharge

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