Nasal congestion is caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. Infections and allergies are two of the most common causes of nasal congestion in children and adults, but there are several ways to soothe a stuffy nose.
If you are experiencing chronic or long-term congestion, you should seek medical treatment from an allergist or ENT. However, if the common cold or acute allergies cause your nasal congestion, home remedies may be enough to alleviate any pain and discomfort. Here are a few effective remedies that can help you tackle nasal congestion naturally:
Drink plenty of water
Hydration is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining optimal function of every bodily system. It also keeps the sinuses moist, thinning tough mucus and promoting natural drainage, relieving nasal congestion.
The best choice for maintaining hydration is water. However, other fluids, such as sports drinks, juices, broths, and teas without caffeine can promote healthy hydration as well.
Choose saline nasal spray
Saline nasal sprays are useful for relieving nasal congestion and irritation. Saltwater rinses can help open the nasal passages by washing away thick or dried mucus and thinning excessive mucus. There are several over-the-counter sinus rinse devices available, but you can also make your own rinse at home with only two ingredients. Check out our saline sinus rinse recipe here.
Warm washcloth compression
Applying a hot compress to your nose and face can help relieve pressure by warming up the nasal passages and loosen secretions. You can do this by soaking a washcloth under warm water and placing it on your forehead or draping it over your face.
Use a humidifier
Moisture is key to relieving nasal congestion. Humidifiers add moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can irritate your sinuses. There are many options to choose from, such as central humidifiers, evaporators, steam vaporizers, and more. The ideal humidity in a home is around 40%. Any more than that can increase dust mite presence, so be sure to monitor your home’s humidity regularly.
Nasal congestion can be extremely uncomfortable but rarely causes major health problems. It is important to understand what is causing your congestion and how you can relieve your symptoms. At Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, we can discover hidden allergens and provide additional treatments, including immunotherapy, to help you feel your best. Contact Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology today to schedule your appointment.