Tackling a blocked nose

Waking up in the morning can be a real struggle for us, more so for hayfever sufferers. A blocked nose at night and in the morning is one of the reasons why.

You might wake up with a blocked nose due to a number of things – allergens present in your bedroom can play a large factor. Although the triggers are inside the house they could be a combination of outdoor or indoor allergens. Some common indoor triggers include  dust mites, pet dander, mould and yeast. Outdoor triggers like pollen could enter the bedroom through open windows or doors.

Fortunately, there are easy solutions to this problem. The first is to see a doctor or a specialist who can help you discover your triggers and to find the right treatment for you. You can help the doctor do this by keeping a workbook or diary where you will need to record where and when you feel the symptoms of hayfever.

Here are some tips for dealing with triggers that cause nasal congestion:

  1. Dust mites

One of the most common allergens to cause a blocked nose is dust mites. The Asthma Council of Australia says it triggers 40% of hayfever sufferers symptoms. Dust mites droppings can be inhaled during sleep and are usually located in carpet, mattresses and bedding. To prevent the growth of dust mites you should consider buying a hypoallergenic mattress protector and pillow protectors. Tontine has a great ‘anti-allergy’ range. Another alternative would be to put your mattress or pillows in the sunlight to eliminate dust mites the natural way. We recommend doing this once every three months. It is also advised that you change your sheets once a week, wash them in hot water and hang them inside to avoid the pollen.

  1. Mould

The bathroom isn’t the only place where mould can grow. Your bedroom could be in danger too! It might be worth checking if there are any cracks or leaks in the walls or windows. Mould growth could be caused if you have an en-suite. Be sure to close the bathroom door and open the bathroom windows after having a bath or shower. There are many anti mould sprays that you could use to effectively eliminate any mould. A great cleaning product for the bathroom is ‘Selleys Rapid Mould Killer’ or ‘ Jif’.

  1. Pet dander

Almost 1 in 3 hayfever sufferers’ symptoms are triggered by pet dander. People are actually allergic to a protein found in pet saliva rather than cat or dog hair. The best way to avoid this problem is by preventing your pet from entering into the bedroom and frequently vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum. Pet dander could also be causing allergies for people who have moved into a new home, where pet dander is left over from the previous owners pets.

  1. Pollen

Close all windows and doors to eliminate pollen. If it’s hot or you feel the need for ‘fresh’ air, only open the windows on low pollen days. You can check this through our app PollenPulse, a free crowd-sourced app that is based on pollen severity reports from other people in the community. If you live in a hot climate you should consider getting air conditioning with a HEPA or allergy-friendly filter and air purifier for your bedroom.

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To see how hayfever is impacting you go to our tools and resources page or try our self assessment tool.