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Cherie from Singapore asked a question

How do I get rid of a persistent blocked nose?

Hi! I’ve been diagnosed with acute sinusitis and bronchitis. Been having green phlegm and mucus for a week now, and my nose is completely blocked. I have to rely on nasal spray and hot showers for temporary relief to carry out daily activities and sleep. However it only lasts for about 2 hours, and my nose is back to being swollen and stuffed. Is there any other action I can take to speed up recovery?

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Dr Gan Eng Cern
Ear, Nose & Throat
Singapore
(5 Ratings)
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Dr Gan Eng Cern
Ear, Nose & Throat
Singapore
(5 Ratings)
Answered on Wed May 23 2018 13:17:35 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Dear Cherie

If you have been diagnosed with acute sinusitis (bacterial infection of the sinuses) and bronchitis (inflammation of the lungs), you will need to be treated with a course of oral antibiotics, nasal wash with salt solutions and nasal steroid sprays. It may take up to 2-3 weeks for an acute sinusitis to resolve completely. 

I would suggest visiting an ENT Specialist for an assessment. It is quite likely that a nasoendoscopy will be required. This involves passing a small scope through the nose under local anaesthesia to look for signs of sinusitis.

Other common cause of a persistently blocked nose include a deviated nasal septum (crooked wall that separates the nose into a right and left sides) and a swollen or enlarged inferior turbinates (sausage-like bony structure at the side walls of the nose that can swell up from exposure to things that you are sensitive to).

These conditions can be detected on a nasoendoscopy and the appropriate treatments can be recommended to relieve your nasal blockage. 

Hope this helps and all the best!

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