A lot of people would naturally ask this question- why is my nostril often always congested?
Many people don’t realize that every four to six hours, one side of the nose becomes more congested, and the other side decongests. They switch back and forth in a normal cycle.
If one side is more obstructed to begin with from a deviated septum or swelling of the soft tissue structures, it will be more noticeable when that side decongests.
Here are other reasons for congestion in one nostril:
- Side sleeping. People also experience stuffiness in the nostril that faces down when they sleep on their side.
- Deviated septum. If you have blockage that is continuous, it could be a result of a deviated septum.
- Inflammation and nasal polyps. There are people who have chronic inflammation and nasal polyps. In rare cases, this can be due to a tumor, but these are uncommon. Chronic and persistent obstruction on one side should be evaluated by a doctor, and probably an ENT (otolaryngologist).
- Foreign objects in the nose. In small children, blockage in one nostril might be due to a foreign body that they put in their nose. If you see thick drainage or pus coming out, it’s time to call your doctor.
— c/o: ENT-otolaryngologist Michael Benninger, MD cleavelandclinic.org