Nasal congestion: mechanisms, measurement and medications. Core information for the clinician


Sinéad S. Davis, Clinical Research Fellow, Common Cold Centre, Biomedical Sciences Building, Cardiff University, Museum Avenue, PO Box 911, Cardiff, UK (e-mail:


The article provides the clinician with core information about the aetiology and treatment of nasal congestion and discusses nasal blood vessels, autonomic nerves, nasal cycle, effects of posture, subjective sensation of congestion, objective assessments of congestion and medical and surgical treatments.