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8 Common Causes of a Stuffy Nose

1. Allergies

Allergies are one of the most common causes of nasal congestion—or a stuffy nose. Other symptoms of nasal allergies include a runny nose and sneezing. Some people also experience headaches, cough, scratchy throat, clogged ears and itchy, watery eyes. Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to a substance. For nasal allergies, it’s usually pollen, mold, animal dander, or dust. Avoiding your triggers and taking an antihistamine are the main treatments for nasal allergies. Allergy shots may help some people.

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