Nasal congestion treatment and remedies

Nasal congestion can be a minor problem for some and a huge problem for others. Stuffy, blocked noses mean difficulty breathing and this generally worsens at night when you lie down. Congestion is caused by the thin tissue in the lining of the nose that swells up because of inflamed blood vessels in that area. Viruses and bacteria are the main culprits of this swelling and these can be introduced by colds, influenza (flu), hay fever, nasal polyps and general sinus infection. You can try to reduce the effects of these by some simple methods.

Nasal congestion rinsing

First, most sufferers highly recommend regular 'rinsing' of the nasal pasasages with a saline solution. This does not involve any expense as you can make your own with salt and warm water. For ease of use try a cheap neti pot that can painlessly rinse in a few seconds.  It's amazing how running water through a nose can help to CURE a runny nose!  This simple treatment is quite safe for children and many neti pots can adapt to different sized nostrils due to the taper on the end spout.

Secondly, for a good night's sleep it is essential to open the nasal passages to allow more air to pass.  This can be done in a few ways but most popular are the cheap disposable nasal strips such as Breathe Right. After this comes nasal plugs which can help in the same way but are washable and reusable.  Both of these methods can be used to combat snoring and help such illnesses as sleep apnea.

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Breathe right nose strips

Breathe right strips offer a drug-free way to stop snoring at night. By opening the nasal cavities wider, more air is allowed to pass into the body.
A blocked nose makes you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. This can lead to cause snoring which disturbs you and people around you.

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Breathe Right's nasal strips are very clever in that they open your nasal passages gently by using nothing more than a plastic spring band and plaster. The plaster is just sticky enough to hold onto your nose and gently pull it wider. They help you to breathe much better and can dramatically reduce the stuffiness of colds and allergies such as hay fever.

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Using a Neti pot to clear nasal congestion

So what is a Neti pot?  It's a small container, usually plastic, that holds saline liquid (salty water) and is used to 'flush out' the nasal cavities. Many users report that it is the single best thing they have used to keep nasal congestion at bay. Many hay fever and sinusitis sufferers swear by their neti pots as an 'on-demand' solution.

Neti pots are not powered, they simply rely on gravity to flow the water into one nostril and then back out through the other. Some netis have a small bulb that, when pressed, will add a bit of pressure to the 'flushing'.

Users generally mix up a saline solution. Our findings here are that 3 to 5 grams of salt is enough for half a litre of water.  You can add sodium bicarbonate up to about 2 grams per half litre of water. This is said to make the process more gentle on the sinuses, but in our experience this is not the case for most users, with great results from the simple saline mix.

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If you find it uncomfortable then experiment with the salt quantity and type. You need the salt to make it more comfortable, plain water hurts and it's even more painful if it's not warm first! With the prices of the neti pots being so cheap, it's really worth purchasing one and is another tool in the armoury for a good night's sleep.