Easy Steps To Take Care Of Your Nasal Congestion On Winter

Winter allergies are widespread and in the current pandemic situation, you need to be careful and fully understand your body. One of the typical signs of winter allergies is a stuffy nose. Ranbeer Singh, an otolaryngologist at Dr. Hyderabad's Care Hospital, states that allergies can lead to runny nose, stuffy nose, itchy throat, teary eyes, cough, sore throat, and fever.
Nasal Congestion
It is the inflammation of the lining of the nose that causes swelling of the nasal passages, restricts airflow, and makes it difficult to breathe through the nose. That leads to a feeling of stuffiness, which is why it is also known as "stuffy nose". Doctors explain that you may experience a stuffy nose with a cold or cough.

Here are some easy steps to put that stuffy nose at ease:
  • Take a long hot shower or steam.

  • Drink a lot of fluids.

  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer.

  • Use a warm compress

  • Use a saline spray


Take a hot shower or steam
Whether from a hot shower or hot tea, steam helps thin the mucus and drain it through the nose. Pour boiling water into a large bowl for faster relief. Cover your head with a towel and lean against the bowl to inhale the vapor. This can be done 3-4 times a day.

Stay hydrated
It is also important to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine to rehydrate. This allows the mucus to flow more freely, which helps with constipation. There is no specific cure for the virus that causes the cold, but it can be alleviated by treating the symptoms.

Use a humidifier and vaporizer
Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you can cough it up. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. A cool-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer may help equally with cold and flu congestion. Why? The benefit comes from the humidity reaching irritated nasal passages and lungs. Both types of machines add moisture to the air and can achieve the same levels of humidity, just in different ways.

Use a warm compress
After blowing your nose, place a warm washcloth on your face for about 15 minutes to relieve constipation. Update as needed to keep warm. Inhaling moist air can also help reduce congestion. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or if your symptoms worsen.

Use saline spray
Drug-free saline nasal sprays tend to be safe for people of all ages. Saline sprays can help to loosen and thin any mucus in the nose. They allow easier breathing when congestion arises due to colds or allergies. They contain no medication and have no side effects.

Use up to 8 ounces of solution in each nasal cavity 1-2 times daily, or as often as prescribed by a health care provider.

People get nasal congestion in winter because of the dry air. Drier air – common in many locations during the winter months – causes the mucus linings in your nose to dry out and mucus to thicken. This results in an increased likelihood of congestion and infection. Combat this by using a humidifier to help keep your nasal passages moist.
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