Constant Blocked Nose? How to Get Rid of Nasal Congestion From a Common Cold
A constant blocked nose from a common cold makes it difficult to breathe. Nasal congestion is uncomfortable so it’s beneficial to know how to relieve cold symptoms. While there’s no magic remedy for a blocked nose (antibiotics don’t cure viruses), you can make sure you don’t worsen nasal congestion, and you can ease your cold with these tips.
Inhale steam to get rid of a blocked nose
Steam your nasal passages to unclog your nose and make breathing easier. Add four drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water, shut your eyes, and put your head over the steam. Drape a towel over your head so the vapor won’t escape, and breathe deep.
Eat and drink wisely to reduce nasal congestion
Forgo soda when thirsty and opt for room temperature or hot beverages. Cold drinks may increase phlegm and make your cold worse. Boost vitamin C intake, too, by adding a slice of lemon to hot water and inhaling the steam from your mug to ease nasal congestion.
Eat nutrient-rich foods such as healthy green leafy vegetables, fruit, and nuts. Steer clear of mucus-increasing milk and cheese, but yogurt and buttermilk won’t hurt. Avoid unhealthy, sugar-laden comfort foods, like cakes and candies, too, as they reduce your immunity.
Reduce stress and activity
Cut down on activity and let your body rest and repair. Strenuous exercise and anxiety place stress on your system. Usually, exercising does you good. When you have a head cold, though, you want to conserve energy so it goes toward healing. Retire to bed early and avoid emotional stressors that can reduce your immunity.
Focus on nose breathing
Inflamed nasal passages and increased mucus make it difficult to breathe properly through your nose. It’s tempting to rely on mouth breathing and forget nose breathing but persevere. Drawing fresh air into your nose will help it stay dry, and your fine nasal hairs will filter out impurities. Mouth breathing results in cracked lips and a sore throat, and you don’t want to add them to your cold symptoms.
If your nose remains blocked after a week, and the areas around your sinuses and eyes throb, you might have a sinus infection. Visit your GP for a diagnosis and treatment. The chances are, though, you probably have a common cold. Get plenty of rest, avoid dairy products, and inhale steam with essential oils to reduce your nasal congestion. Do your best to nose-breathe too, and your cold will ease.