Nasal congestion or blockage occurs when the nasal membranes become swollen and interrupt in breathing, thus causing great discomfort and irritation. In extreme cases, it could even prove to be highly fatal. The reasons could be common cold, influenza, allergy, acid reflux or viral fever.
In infants, it could hamper in breastfeeding or nursing. Even in small children, it could be irritating, as it obstructs normal breathing and disturbs sleep. It could lead to watery eyes and sometimes difficulty in hearing. It could also result in snoring due to blocked nostrils.
Luckily, there are many home remedies for nasal congestion for all who suffer from it.
Ginger is one of the most excellent home remedies for nasal congestion. So any tea prepared by boiling a little ginger into it works wonders in giving relief for this problem. It also cures the accompanying fever, as ginger warms the body.
Garlic is and excellent herb, if one can just tolerate its smell for a while. Small pieces of garlic can be cut and boiled in water. The water can then be cooled and consumed 2-3 times a day for relief from nasal congestion.
Another easy and effective way to beat nasal congestion at home is to start by simply boiling water in a big pan or utensil. After some steam has escaped, place this pan on a table and sit next to the table, (bending over the pan) and cover your head with a thick towel. Try inhaling some of the steam. Repeat this 2-3 times during the day. This is sure to remove all nasal and chest congestion.
Yet another way to beat nasal congestion is to pour slightly warm water in a glass and add a little salt to it. With the help of a spoon, take a little water and bring it close to one nostril. Breathe in and inhale a little water. The water comes out of the mouth, bringing with it the phlegm and mucus, thus clearing the nostril. Repeat this with the second nostril. This can be repeated 2-3 times a day, and it provides great relief. The water can also be poured in the nostril with the help of an eyedropper, and the nose can be blown hard to clean it. This is one of the simplest of all home remedies for nasal congestion and costs just nothing.
For infants, the mucus can be cleared with the help of a nasal aspirator.
Babies and small children can be made to sleep by raising their heads, i.e. placing something under their beds or mattresses to raise their heads while sleeping, as it helps in preventing nasal congestion.
Some nasal strips are available in the market these days that widen the nostrils, thereby making it easier to breathe.
Saline sprays can also be used, or they can be prepared at home by mixing warm water and salt, for cleaning the running noses of children.
For allergies, it would be best to avoid the foods or dust that causes nasal problems.
If nasal congestion persists beyond 3-4 days, immediate medical help is recommended.
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