Having a blocked nose is among the worst hayfever symptoms next to watery, red, itchy eyes. It’s common that when people suffer from a blocked nose they may think they have a cold, but a survey by Meda Pharmaceuticals confirms it as one of the most common hayfever symptoms.
68% of people who took the survey said they suffered from a stuffy nose. This happens when allergens cause blood vessels inside the nasal passages to swell. This is why when someone blows their nose, nothing comes out. Mostly likely, it is not blocked by too much mucus, but rather inflammation of the nasal passages. Sometimes, it can be a combination of both. Someone that suffers from a blocked nose may also have a runny or dripping nose at some point.
A blocked nose can impact someone’s job, health and relationships. How? It can prevent hayfever sufferers from sleep, exercise and even talking properly. Most people who suffer from a blocked nose sound funny because they can only breathe through their mouth.
Constantly breathing through the mouth can lead to a dry mouth and even a sore throat. Usually, a blocked nose gets worse at night. This is because the person is lying down, and therefore a blocked nose may not be as bad during the day when you’re sitting or standing up. If this is you and you are seeking some solutions, here are 6 easy ways to clear a blocked nose:
Submerge a towel in warm to hot water. Ring it out and place it on your forehead. This may help open your nasal passages, and could relieve discomfort.
Keeping yourself hydrated is essential and will help thin out your mucus, allowing you to breathe through your nose and relieve sinus pressure.
Have you ever found that you can breathe through your nose when you’re having a shower? This is because inhaling steam from a warm to hot shower may provide temporary relief by easing the swelling of the nasal blood vessels.
Consider a nasal rinse with un-medicated saltwater. This will flush out mucus, allergens and germs. If this doesn’t work, you could try using a medicated nasal spray first and then try a nasal rinse to clean the inside of your nose. There are many different approaches you could take such as using nasal irrigators.
Medicated nasal sprays will target the affected area – the nose. There are 4 different types of nasal sprays. A doctor can recommend which nasal spray is the best to use. Keep in mind some nasal sprays take longer than others to work.
This is a machine that converts water to moisture, increasing the humidity in a room. A humidifier can help because the moist air may ease the inflamed nasal blood vessels, and it will also help to thin out the mucus.
Next time you get a stuffy nose from allergies, try to avoid triggers and consider trying out some of these options. If you’re still having trouble, remember a doctor will know best.
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