How To Clear A Stuffed Nose

Men's Health (Singapore) - - HEALTH -

1. STEAM IT OUT

Warm air helps add hu­mid­ity to your nose, open­ing your nasal pas­sage and break­ing up con­ges­tion so you can then blow out the block­age, says Dr. Purvi Parikh, M.D., an al­ler­gist and im­mu­nol­o­gist with Vir­ginia-based Al­lergy & Asthma Net­work.

The eas­i­est method is tak­ing a long shower every day that you’re sick, but crank the knob so it’s hot­ter than usual. If your mir­ror fogs up, it’s steamy enough to clear your nasal pack­age,

Dr. Parikh says.

2. START THE RIGHT NASAL SPRAY, STAT

Over-the-counter sprays can help de­crease and treat un­der­ly­ing in­flam­ma­tion, help­ing cure your con­ges­tion in­stead of just pro­vid­ing brief re­lief, says Dr. Parikh.

The only bum­mer: Fas­tact­ing sprays are po­ten­tially ad­dic­tive, and can ac­tu­ally make your con­ges­tion come back worse if you use them too of­ten.

3. TAKE AN AL­LERGY PILL

While you’re wait­ing for the sprays to work, con­sider pop­ping an al­lergy pill like Zyrtec or Clar­itin, sug­gests Dr. Parikh. Even if your snif­fles aren’t from hay fever or pollen, the an­ti­his­tamine com­po­nent in these meds still works to dry up your snot.

Just skip the kind of medicine with a “D” af­ter it. Some de­con­ges­tants have that same po­ten­tial ad­dic­tive­ness and con­gest­ing-wors­en­ing prop­er­ties as short-term nasal sprays.

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