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Clinical Definition

Congestion is an excessive accumulation of bodily fluids, such as mucus or blood, in an organ, vessel or body part. It may develop in a part of the body due to obstruction in normal fluid movement or an increased influx of fluid. The term most commonly refers to nasal congestion, but can also refer to congestion in veins and in the lungs.

In Our Own Words

Congestion is an abnormal amount of fluid in a part of the body. The term congestion usually refers to swelling and occasionally excess mucus in the nose and sinuses. It can also refer to congestion in the veins (i.e., venous congestion), causing swelling in the legs, or that of congestive heart failure with fluid buildup in the lungs and other areas.

Common causes of nasal congestion include inflammation of the nasal passages due to allergies and the common cold.

Symptoms and Side Effects

  • Full feeling in the nose
  • Trouble breathing through the nose
  • Sneezing
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