How To Relieve A Stuffy Nose

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Relieve A Stuffy Nose

Nasal congestion is one of the most unpleasant symptoms that we can experience during a cold or while suffering from seasonal allergies. But it also significantly affects our daily activities as the failure to breathe properly makes the oxygenation of the brain less effective. We feel exhausted, experience difficulty concentrating, sleeping and have a general feeling of unwell. Annoying, right? We know, so in we give some solutions for you to discover how to relieve a stuffy nose easily.

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Nasal congestion occurs when, due to a cold or allergy disorder, the blood vessels of our nose swell making breathing difficult. Although normally associated with excess mucus we can have a stuffy nose without mucus. This mostly happens when the congestion is brought about by allergies.


One of the best ways to relieve the discomfort in our nose and breath normally again is through the use of saline. Dissolve some salt in water, and gargle with the mixture a few times a day. The salt will help dissolve the mucus making it easier to be released and eliminated.

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You can buy one of several nasal decongestant products in pharmacies, but these products should not be used for more than 3 days or you may cause increased nasal irritation. If you want alternatives which are more natural, choose a saline or steam treatment as described for you in the next step.


Eucalyptus is wonderful to relieve stuffy noses. Place water and some eucalyptus plants in a pot, wait for it to boil and release its aroma. Turn off the heat and very cautiously approach the pot and breathe in the vapours. To make this home remedy more effective, surround your face with a towel, creating a tunnel between the pot and your face, to direct the steam to your face.

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A hot bath will also be miraculous, especially due to the vapours given off by the water at this temperature. That is why after a good shower, we feel how nasal pressure is relieved and mucus comes out more easily.

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If you suffer from frequent nasal congestion it may be recommendable to acquire a humidifier or vaporizer for your home, it will help increase household humidity and improve your health.

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While sitting in the office or studying, there is something you can do to feel better: a delicate massage from top to bottom on the bridge of your nose, this will help decongest it and breathe better.


Try to hold your head straight up as long as possible: when we lie down we feel further nasal congestion, so it is best to sleep with a pillow that allows you to have your head as vertical as possible. This way, you can sleep more easily.


One reason why chicken soup makes us feel better when we have a cold, allergy or nasal congestion is because of its temperature, the vapour given off when hot and because it moisturises. Staying hydrated is essential to prevent dryness of the nasal walls, so this dish along with tea and water at room temperature are great options to feel better fast.

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If you have mucus, remember blowing your nose to alleviate it, but do so gently. Doing so with force will only make the walls of your nose even more irritated. Do not forget to relax and rest to feel better as soon as possible.

If you also have mucus in your throat, we recommend reading our articles on how to get rid of a sore throat and how to get rid of throat mucus fast.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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