Nasal congestion, or a stuffy nose, may seem more like an annoyance than a major health concern, but if left untreated, it can eventually cause greater pain and irritation. Although most often caused by the common cold, nasal congestion can sometimes be a symptom of other more serious health problems, such as a sinus infection. Marked by a runny nose, mucus build up and swollen nasal tissue, this type of congestion has the potential to cause great discomfort and pain.
If the problem persists over a long period of time, it is best to seek medical support from a specialist nasal care service such as the Dr. Krueger Sleep & Sinus Clinic. However, in most mild cases, these natural home remedies might just do the trick and alleviate some of the discomfort and pain:
By taking a hot shower you’ll likely find that your stuffy nose will ease a little and you’ll immediately be able to breathe a little better. The steam from the shower thins the mucus in your nasal passage and reduces painful inflammation. While this may not provide a permanent solution to the problem, it’ll certainly clear the issue for at least a little while and provide a degree of relief.
If you are feeling stuffed up, it’s important to keep those fluids flowing. Maintaining an adequate water intake up is the best option, but hot drinks can also help, as can sports drinks that are full of electrolytes. In general, the liquid helps to thin the mucus and pushes fluid out of the nose thereby decreasing pressure, inflammation, and annoying irritation on your sinuses.
Saline Nasal Sprays
Using a saltwater solution is a common cold remedy that increases moisture in the nostrils and thins mucus. This reduces inflammation of your blood vessels and helps fluid leave your nose. Be aware that some saline spray contains decongestant medication, so it’s wise to seek medical advice as these can have some adverse side effects.
Draining Your Sinuses
This isn’t the most glamorous of tasks, but using a neti pot to flush mucus and fluid out of your nasal passages using sterile water can also help alleviate the problem. Having water flow through one nostril and out of the other isn’t always going to be comfortable, but you’ll experience greater relief in the long run.
Humidifiers are a quick, easy way to reduce sinus pain and relieve the irritation caused by a stuffy nose. These increase humidity in a room by turning water to moisture that gradually fills the air. Inhaling this moist air tends to soothe irritation caused by the inflammation of nasal congestion.
Nasal congestion can be incredibly uncomfortable but utilizing a few of these simple DIY remedies at home should bring a degree of relief. While over-the-counter medications can also help, it’s important to use these carefully and be aware of any side effects. Be sure to speak to your pharmacist or doctor before taking any medication. Finally, give these at-home remedies between three to five days to kick in, and if you find the problems continue after this period, seek professional medical advice to rule out any more serious conditions.