Waking up to a stuffy and congested nose is one of the worst feelings in the world — your throat feels parched, your lips feel dry, your head feels like a train just barged through your brain at full speed… and let’s not even talk about the fatigue and constant nose block that you have to deal with on top of feeling miserable for the entire day.
A nose becomes congested when the blood vessels in the sinuses get inflamed, resulting in the surrounding tissue becoming swollen and blocking your airways. Irritants in the nose can also trigger production of thick, viscous mucus that add on to the discomfort.
While it might just be an annoyance for older children and adults, a congested nose can cause life-threatening respiratory distress in infants and interfere with breastfeeding as well. If symptoms persist for longer than a week, seek help from your doctor. If not, try these 6 remedies at home to help reduce mild nasal congestion.
1. Take a steaming hot shower
Steam helps to decongest your nose by thinning out the mucus in your airways and clearing it out. Another way of doing this is by pouring hot water into a basin and holding your face over the steam. Doing this 3-4 times a day will help you decongest faster.
For younger infants, a warm bath will help clear the congestion and serve as a fun distraction too.
2. Use a humidifier to ease congestion
The goal here is to calm down your sinuses and thin out the mucus so you can breathe properly again. Humidifiers increase the moisture droplets in the air that help loosen up secretions from your nose.
Cold mist humidifiers work best for nasal congestion, so try placing a few humidifiers around the house to keep the air moist and clean.
3. Drink lots and lots of water
Drinking plenty of warm water and other liquids is ideal for keeping the sinuses flowing instead of being congested in your nose. It’s also important to keep yourself hydrated and replace the fluids you lose through blowing out your nose.
Just make sure that you are drinking clean (preferably boiled) water so there aren’t any other bacteria or pathogens invading your passageways.
4. Use a warm towel/compress
Using a warm towel or compress on your nasal passages can help reduce a stuffy nose by reducing swelling of the blood vessels and calming the inflammation down.
Soak a face towel in some warm water, squeeze out excess water and apply it onto the bridge of your nose and lower part of your forehead. Repeat until you can breathe normally again.
5. Massage your sinuses
If your congestion is causing a migraine, try a sinus massage to help alleviate the pain.
Apply light pressure onto both sides of the bridge of your nose and massage in an upwards circular motion. Do the same for both sides of your forehead just above the eyebrows, massaging upwards and outwards towards your temples. Repeat as often as necessary.
6. Use vapour rubs or medicated oils
Another home remedy for relieving a stuffy nose is by inhaling and applying vapour rubs containing menthol, eucalyptus, or camphor to the temples and under the nose.
However, do not use vapour rubs on infants and children under the age of 2 as it may cause convulsions.
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