Nasal congestion is often known as a ?stuffy nose' or ?blocked nose.' It begins with the swelling of the nasal cavity and results in inflamed blood vessels in your sinuses. It leads to buildup of mucus and difficulty in breathing normally. Nasal congestion is usually caused by a cold, the flu, various allergies, or a sinus infection.
It is important that you take active steps to treat nasal congestion, because if left untreated it can cause other problems such as ear infection, restless sleep, and more. These tips will make your nasal congestion more bearable and help you breathe easily.
- Breathing moist air can soothe irritated, swollen blood vessels in your nose. A humidifier will fill your room with moist air and increase the humidity in your room. Moist air also thins out the mucus in your nose so that it can flow easily.
- Like the humidifier, a steamy shower can also help to ease your nasal congestion. Steam will reduce the inflammation in your nostrils and will let you breathe easily by clearing your nasal passage.
- Drink plenty of fluids when your nose is stuffed up. Drinking ample amounts of water is your best bet; however, you can also drink clear liquids, soups, sports drinks, and herbal teas to increase moisture in your body. Fluids help release pressure in your sinuses and thin out the mucus in your nasal passages, resulting in less inflammation and irritation.
- A nasal saline spray will instantly increase the moisture in your nasal passage and will help to decrease the inflammation of your blood vessels. Saline spray will empty fluids more easily and will calm your nasal congestion. You can consider using Sterimar Isotonic Nasal Spray or Sterimar Hypertonic Nasal Microspray, to gently clear your nasal passages.
- You can use Neti pot to flush out your clogged nasal passages. Neti pot is designed to push water through your nasal passages. Once the water flows in your nasal passages, it cleans out thin mucus and bacteria from your nasal.
- A warm compresses will help to relieve the pain of nasal congestion and give you warmth from the outside. You can easily create a warm compress at home by soaking a towel in warm water and placing it on your nose or forehead after squeezing out extra water. This will help to increase the circulation in your sinuses.
- Garlic is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Garlic juice can reduce nasal discomfort and stuffiness. You can make garlic juice by boiling two or three garlic cloves in a cup of water. Drinking it twice a day will help you to relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion.
- Apple cider vinegar will also help to thin out mucus immediately. Drink the solution of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of honey twice or thrice a day to get instant relief.
- Steam treatment is another popular remedy to reduce your discomfort. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil in the water will greatly benefit your congestion symptoms.
- If you nose gets clogged while sleeping, you can prop up your head by adding extra pillows under your head to facilitate the airflow in your nose.
- You can also put 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil in your handkerchief and inhale its perfume regularly to clear your nasal passages.