How To Handle Nasal Congestion

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Sometimes, minor aspects of our health are more significant than they seem. For example, if you have a blocked nose, then you probably wouldn’t think much of it. You might even get used to living life with it, even though it persists every day. Realistically, this isn’t normal. Your nose shouldn’t be chronically blocked with nasal congestion as it can cause breathing issues.

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There are many reasons your nose is blocked, but you should try and sort the problem as best as you can. If you need advice, then here’s how you can deal with your constant blocked nose: 

Discover The Issue

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A blocked nose is often a symptom of an underlying health condition, and there are a few factors that might be the cause of this – allergies being the most common. If you suffer from hayfever or other allergies, your nasal passages become chronically dry and inflamed. Irritation of this kind is one of the leading causes of nasal congestion. 

While I’m not a doctor, I’m reasonably confident that the majority of people suffering from nasal congestion symptoms likely have allergies. The best thing you can do is see professional medical help to diagnose the problem. Facilities, such as 25 Harley Street, have specialist doctors who deal specifically with allergies or other nasal issues. It’s worth getting checked out as soon as possible to find the root cause of your blocked nose and how to best treat it. 

Get Steamy

Steam is your best friend when you have a blocked nose. Hot air will enter your nasal passages and moisturises them. In turn, this gets rid of the dry sensation and can open up your nose. You will find it a lot easier to breathe, and there’s no need to overdo things with any medication. 

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There are two ways you can do this. The first way is to take a hot shower and let the steam collected in your bathroom open up your nasal passages. A second way to utilise steam therapy is to get a bowl, fill it with hot water and hold your head over it whilst covering it with a towel to create a mini steam-room effect. Check out the video tutorial above to see how you can do this safely and effectively. 

Nasal Irrigation

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You will see lots of ways available to help clear congestion. Unfortunately, many of them contain drugs or other chemicals. While these treatments can provide relief, they may also do more harm than good. 

Opt for nasal irrigation sprays as these primarily contain a drug-free saline solution which helps cleans and reduce nasal congestion. Effectively, these sprays help to remove dust and allergens, which can help you breathe better. Using remedies like this a few times per day can improve your congestion and get rid of a blocked nose. 

It is essential to seek out nasal irrigation sprays with the main ingredients, sodium chloride and water and be cautious about using any spray that contains corticosteroids, an anti-inflammatory component commonly used to treat hayfever and allergies without the use of tablets. Corticosteroid sprays take several days to take effect, and long-term use can sometimes lead to chronic nosebleeds, headaches and certain eye conditions.

Nasal sprays containing antihistamines are also widely available for use during peak hayfever and allergy season as they block histamines and can often be just as effective as their pill-based form. Antihistamine nasal sprays contain active ingredients – such as cromolyn sodium – an active ingredient which can be used safely for up to 12 weeks.  

Neti pots have been sworn by for decades to treat and prevent allergies, colds and other viral nasal issues. These pots, filled with either sterilised water or a combination of water and a saline solution, can help to soothe nasal inflammation, clear debris and allergens, lessen sinus pain and pressure, and, in some cases with preventative use, have been known to help prevent colds and viruses. Check out this helpful article about Neti pots for more information and usage instructions.  

Whichever treatment route you seek, it is critical not to ignore nasal congestion. If this issue has been present for more than two weeks, you may have a problem that could require the assistance of a physician or pharmacist.  

What remedies do you use to combat nasal congestion?

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