Nasal congestion, sometimes called a stuffy or runny nose, is usually not serious and lasts only a short time. Most people suffer through nasal congestion with few complications when they have a head cold or seasonal allergies.
Unfortunately, there are times when chronic nasal congestion becomes a problem and a visit to the doctor is necessary. Something other than a virus or allergies is triggering the problem and a more aggressive treatment approach is necessary. You should also schedule an appointment with a doctor if you notice blood or green discharge in your nasal secretions, or if your nasal congestions is accompanied by a high fever or lasts more than 10 days because these symptoms could indicate a bacterial infection.
You might also require a doctor’s care even if these other symptoms are not present. Nasal congestion could be a sign of severe allergies, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum. Medication is available to treat many of these problems, but severe issues could require surgery to resolve.