Congestion is also referred to as a stuffy nose, nasal obstruction or nasal blockage. This condition causes blockage of the nasal passages when the lining of the membranes in the nose become swollen and inflamed.
Nasal congestion is often caused by a viral infection. People who have allergic reactions, colds and flu are no doubt familiar with that feeling of congestion. It can severely affect infants in their first few months of life, by not only causing breathing difficulties but also problems with breastfeeding. It affects speech and hearing and may also cause sleep disorders such snoring and sleep apnea.
Older children who may develop nasal congestion from enlarged adenoids may experience sleep apnea or heart failure, but with surgery, this problem can easily be corrected. Once you have determined the cause of congestion, there are a number of treatment options available.