Nasal Congestion

What Is Nasal Congestion?

Nasal congestion, also known as stuffy nose, is a common problem during seasonal transitions. It is usually characterized with a continuous discharge from the nose along with other common symptoms. The nasal and adjacent tissues swell with the excess of fluid and causes stuffiness. It usually affects children and adults more commonly and gives them a hard time to sleep well.

What Triggers A Nasal Congestion?

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Severe allergies
  • Common cold
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Drug addiction
  • Enlarged adenoids
  • Medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, asthma and influenza

How Would You Know If You Have Nasal Congestion?

  • In case of nasal congestion, you may experience soreness in the throat along with stuffiness in the nose.
  • You may also have a runny nose, which could be very annoying, along with persistent watery discharge from the nose. In case it gets worse, you may also get fever accompanied with body pain.

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • Usually the symptoms of nasal congestion get better in a few days’ time (3-4). Natural remedies have been found to be very effective in relieving the symptoms.
  • However, in case nasal congestion is accompanied with fever, you must take anti- pyretics along with the natural remedies to ease the congestion.
  • In case your nasal discharge changes color and becomes yellow or green in color, it could be indicative of a bacterial infection.
  • In case the symptoms get worse and do not get better in 3-4 days, make sure you see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor may ask you for your family history and inspect you physically.
  • Depending on the diagnosis, he shall suggest a few over-the-counter medications such as anti-histamines (to clear the congestion and bring down the temperature)
  • You will be recommended to take rest, eat and drink healthy and warm drinks, stay warm and maintain proper hygiene.
  • Drink plenty of water and keep the body hydrated.
  • If you know your triggers well, make sure you avoid them.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Nasal Congestion?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Garlic

Ingredients: Garlic, Water

Ways to Use:

In addition to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal nature, it helps to fight off cold. You can chew 2-3 cloves of whole garlic or boil garlic cloves in a cup of water. Drink the concoction twice during the day.

2. Tulsi

Ingredients: Tulsi, Water

Ways to Use:

You can chew tulsi leaves at night before bedtime. You can also choose to start the day with tulsi water or tulsi tea.

3. Eucalyptus Oil

Ingredients: Eucalyptus Oil

Ways to Use:

Decongestant and anti-inflammatory in nature, eucalyptus oil helps to relieve nasal congestion. You can rub a few drops of the oil on your pillow and enjoy its aroma throughout the night.

4. Lemon Tea

Ingredients: Lemon, Tea

Ways to Use:

To a cup of hot water, add a few drops of lemon. To this add honey and drink this atleast thrice in a day. It will help to provide you instant relief from nasal congestion.

  So, try these amazing remedies to seek immediate relief from an annoying congested and runny nose!

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