What Causes Nasal Congestion?
Nasal congestion can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose nasal congestion, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "nasal congestion" as a symptom. Here are eight possibilities:
- Milk Allergy
- Indoor Allergies
- Mercury Toxicity
- Vasomotor Rhinitis
- General Toxicity
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
- Vitamin Pantothenic Acid Need
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
slight tongue swelling
metallic taste in mouth
gradual decline in speaking ability
very tender muscles
swollen inguinal nodes
unexplained missed periods
moderate morning stiffness
frequent unexplained fevers
jaw lymph node problems
... and more than 100 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of nasal congestion:
|Vitamin Pantothenic Acid Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Nose/Smell Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about nasal congestion:
Do you suffer from nasal congestion (blocked nose) or post-nasal drip?
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderately
→ Often / severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate nasal congestion, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Nasal symptoms and signs occur in 1-6% of sarcoidosis patients [McCaffrey TV, Donald TJ. Sarcoidosis of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Laryngoscope 1983;93: pp.1281-4], including crusting, nosebleeds (epistaxis) and bilateral obstruction. Distinctive tiny yellow submucosal nodules can sometimes be seen.
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