How To Clear A Stuffed Nose
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.