Stan's Congestion and Catarrh Do’s and Don’t's

A stuffed up nose is one of the major cold miseries and can go on long after the cold has gone. So take a deep breath and get it sorted.


  • Sleep with your head on a high pillow if your nose is stuffed up at night.
  • Use steam inhalations to liquefy mucus in the nose and chest and help get rid of it.
  • Keep the air in your bedroom moist.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – water and juices can dilute mucus for easy expulsion.
  • Try and find out exactly what’s causing your symptoms. Is your congestion caused by a cold, by hayfever or another allergy (eg. pet hair, mould spores or house dust mites)?


  • Smoke if at all possible, as it will further irritate the lining of the nose.
  • Work in areas of noxious fumes or polluted air.
  • Eat dairy food, as this is sometimes associated with congestive symptoms.
  • Close your windows (fresh air is good for your immune system).

See your GP if:

  • You have pain in or discharge from your ears.
  • Symptoms are severe, if they persist or if they worsen.