What Does Head Congestion Feel Like?

What causes head congestion?

Nasal congestion can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. Infections — such as colds, flu or sinusitis — and allergies are frequent causes of nasal congestion and runny nose. Sometimes a congested and runny nose can be caused by irritants such as tobacco smoke and car exhaust.

How do you relieve head congestion?

Home Treatments

  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
  • Take long showers or breathe in steam from a pot of warm (but not too hot) water.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Use a nasal saline spray.
  • Try a Neti pot, nasal irrigator, or bulb syringe.
  • Place a warm, wet towel on your face.
  • Prop yourself up.
  • Avoid chlorinated pools.

How long does head congestion last?

How long does nasal congestion last? If your nasal congestion is due to viruses or bacteria, it will likely last as long your cold or flu (anywhere from five to 10 days). If your nasal congestion is the result of allergies, it may last longer. Taking a nasal decongestant can help control your symptoms.

Why does my head feel weird?

A number of conditions can cause a sensation of tightness, weight, or pressure in the head. These sensations can range in intensity from mild to severe. Most conditions that result in head pressure aren’t cause for alarm. Common ones include tension headaches, conditions that affect the sinuses, and ear infections.