Nasal congestion can make you feel really awful. However, although it can get pretty annoying, it is rarely serious.
This article will only look at possible treatments for a stuffy nose. If you have yellow – green phlegm and a fever, we urge you to visit a doctor for proper treatment and medical advice.
If you’re all stuffed up and needing a quick relief to help you breathe easily again, don’t worry because fortunately there are many treatments for a stuffy nose.
Read on for 7 ways to quickly relieve nasal congestion.
1. Take a hot shower
The steam from the shower can help mucus drain from the nose and improve breathing.
Benefits of the steam may not last long, but it will at least provide temporary relief from your nasal congestion.
2. Use a saline spray for your nose
A saline spray can help decrease inflammation in the nose and reduce stuffiness.
They are usually available over the counter at your nearest pharmacy.
3. Flush your sinuses
Neti pots have been used for hundreds of years to clear mucus in the nasal passages.
Use boiled water which has been cooled to avoid bacteria from tap water from entering the nose.
4. Apply a warm compress to your face
A warm compress can help decrease sinus congestion and the stuffy feeling in your nose and face.
To prepare a warm compress, wet a washcloth with very warm water and apply it to the face. Be careful that the water is not too hot in case it burns your skin.
5. Try eucalyptus oil
Inhaling eucalyptus oil can decrease inflammation of the nasal lining, thus making it easier to breathe.
Place a few drops of the oil in a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam.
6. Take some antihistamines
The particles in haze can trigger an allergic reaction in your nasal passages resulting in a blocked nose.
Antihistamines in allergy medications can block this reaction.
Some allergy medications can cause drowsiness, so avoid driving when taking this medicine.
Do speak to a health professional before taking any antihistamines.
7. Turn on a humidifier
A humidifier adds moisture into the air which can help thin the mucus in your nose.
A cool mist can also help reduce inflammation of the mucuous membranes in your nose.
Be sure to keep your humidifier clean to prevent bacteria from growing inside it.
Remember, above all these tips, the best tip is probably the one your mother keeps telling you: drink plenty of water.
Staying hydrated thins the mucus in your nasal passages and helps push fluid from the nose resulting in decreased pressure in the sinuses!
We hope these simple tips will help you relieve some of that congestion and has you breathing easy in no time.
Stay safe in the haze, folks!