A stuffy or congested nose occurs due to tissues lining the nose become swollen from inflamed blood vessels. Nasal congestion is the blockage of the nasal passages and can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. It makes breathing a challenge and results in abnormal excretion of the mucus.
How to get rid of a blocked nose?
These simple tips will help greatly to aid your blocked nose and relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion.
- Take hot showers or steam treatment to loosen mucus and relieve congestion from your nose and chest. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil will intensify the benefits of steam treatment.
- To get a good night's sleep, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Moist air will thin out mucus in your nasal passages and will clear your airways.
- Use Neti pot to expel the accumulated bacteria from your nasal passages. Neti pot is a form of nasal irrigation and helps relieving the symptoms of a runny and drippy nose. Using saline water to rinse your nose will remove virus particles and bacteria from your nose.
- Inhaling the perfume of eucalyptus oil is greatly beneficial for your blocked nose. Just put a few drops of the oil on your handkerchief and inhale in regularly. You can also put a few drops on your sleeping pillow to sleep soundly.
- Eating spicy foods can help to clear up your congestion. If possible, try to add hot peppers, jalapeno, and wasabi in your diet, to beat congestion.
- Menthol vapor rub will clear congestion and allow you to breathe comfortably for a few hours. Rub a bit of vapor rub on your nose, forehead, neck, and chest to allow the vapors move in your nasal passages.
- Herbal teas are known to be very effective remedies for clearing nose congestion. You can drink chamomile, mint, ginger, or cinnamon herbal tea to lessen dehydration and calm your nasal passages.
- Congestion dehydrates your body, so drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and balance the moisture. You can also opt for clear liquids, fresh juices, and warm soups to hydrate your body, as well as help your clogged nose.
- If you feel trouble while sleeping, elevate your head by adding a couple of pillows under your head.
- Blow your nose often, but do it in a gentle and a proper way. Blowing hard can take germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing ear infection. It is better to blow regularly than to sniffle mucus back into your head.
- It's important to stay warm and rested while having congestion. Help your body by lying down under a warm blanket to fight back the virus of congestion.
- Drinking hot water right after you wake up will liquefy the thick and hardened mucus in the chest. It will help in dissolving phlegm, and you will be able to breathe more easily.
- Gargling with warm, salty water twice or thrice in a day will loosen up the phlegm.
- Apple cider vinegar helps to kill bacteria that cause mucus in the throat and chest. Drinking the solution of a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of warm water will relieve chest congestion.
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help reducing the inflammation in the respiratory tract. The antibacterial properties in ginger help to clear congestion and cough in the chest. You can drink ginger juice by boiling 2-3 slices of fresh ginger in water. Adding mint leaves or lemon to the juice will further help your congestion.
- If your symptoms worsen, you can consider taking Sudafed Blocked Nose Capsules to ease your pain. Sudafed Blocked Nose Spray can also help to clear your blocked nose and relieve sinus pressure.