A stuffy nose can be so annoying. Sometimes your nose will get blocked, and sometimes it drips. You neither inhale nor exhale. You may also feel that your nose is pack with a lot of mucus. But when you blow your nose, nothing comes out.
The nose has a vast network of blood vessels with valves that open and close. Whenever you catch an infection, your nasal nerves get stimulated, causing valves to open, which results in more blood entering the nose. It causes swelling in your nasal passages that make your nose stuffy.
A stuffy nose, or nasal congestion, can be frustrating and often affect your day-to-day life.
Many people think a stuffy nose is the result of too much mucus in the nasal passages. However, a clogged nose is usually the result of inflamed blood vessels in the sinuses. A cold, the flu, allergies, or a sinus infection can all inflame these blood vessels.
Regardless of the reason for your stuffed-up nose, there are easy ways to relieve it. Here are some things you can do now to feel and breathe better.
Nobody enjoys the irritation and frustration that comes with nose congestion. The trouble in breathing, chronic headaches, nose dripping incessantly and those mucus ridden handkerchiefs – stuffy nose might not be one of the ‘serious’ diseases amongst the medical registers but it sure has the ability to stall your day to day activities. Nasal congestion happens when there is an excess build-up of mucus within the nose, caused by an inflammation within nostrils which could be a side or direct effect of some allergy, flu, environmental irritants or sinusitis. But the good news is that a clogged nose can be treated easily with plenty of home remedies. If you happen to be one of them who suffers from stuffy nose every now and then, then you’ve come to the right place.
Apple cider vinegarMix 2 teaspoons of Cider vinegar with a cup of warm water and consume it at least 3 times a day, you can also add a tablespoon of honey to the solution if you like. This should provide an effective relief from a congested nose and other sinus related problems.
OnionOnion is a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals. It is loaded with health benefiting properties and can come to great help in getting rid of stuffy nose. Smelling a peeled onion for 5 minutes may also prove effective in clearing nasal congestion and facilitate easy breathing.
GarlicYou can prepare a garlic soup by crushing 2 to 3 garlic cloves in boilng water, or just have an entire clove as it is. Take garlic cloves at least two times a day for a quick relief from stuffy nose.(Also Read: How to Avoid a Cold in Winters: Keep Your Nose Warm).
Saline solutionMix a teaspoon of table salt in warm water and pour the solution into your nostrils with the help of a dropper. This will directly impact the thinning of the mucus, and you will be able to breathe clean finally!.
Inhaling the aroma of essential oilsNasal blockage can be treated by inhaling aromas of the mixture of eucalyptus oil and warm water for about 10-20 minutes. The same can be substituted with peppermint oil in absence of eucalyptus oil. This has proven rather effective in clearing of a stuffy nose.
SteamInhaling steam is not only one of the best treatments for a stuffy nose but it also helps in other respiratory issues like influenza and sinus. To make it easier you can use a steamer and fill it up with boiling water. Put your head down over the nozzle, place a towel around your head and inhale the steam, make sure there is no room for the steam generated to escape. Gradually, try to breathe in and breathe out, and repeat the process until you are able to breathe freely. You can also play around with the kinds of steam you want to take. You can choose to take a steam of antisceptic herbs like that of thyme and pepper-mint, or you can also inhale the steam of carom seed(ajwain) with water for about two-three times a day.Maintain care so as to not burn your face. Keep your nose and face 8-10 inches above the water/solution.
Stay hydratedDrink a lot of warm water. Almost all fluids can help you ease-out in times of a stuffy nose. Staying hydrated helps in thinning the mucus clogged in your nasal passage and decreases the pressure in your sinuses. So, make sure you keep yourself hydrated with a regular intake of water, juice, tea or soups.
Warm compressA warm compress is traditionally regarded as one of the best remedies for nasal congestion, the compress helps in opening up the nasal passages and eases the clogged nose. Soak a towel in warm water and squeeze the excess water out of the towel. Then place the towel over your nose and then your forehead. Keep repeating this in regular intervals, the warmth of the wet towel will provide great comfort and ease-out the inflammation in the nostrils.
LemonThis pungent treatment can treat that nasty blocked nose! Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and about half a teaspoon of black pepper powder with a bit of salt and apply this mixture on to your nose, leave it on for few minutes and watch the magic.
Tomato JuiceFor another equally quick remedy you can try having tomato juice. Grab a mug of tomato juice and add about a table spoon of garlic and a teaspoon of salt to it. Drink this juice at least twice a day for easing your clogged nose. Tomatoes have properties that can not only reduce the inflammation in your nasal passage, but also open up your sinuses.
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