What is Congestion (Nasal Congestion)?
Nasal congestion is the blockage of the nasal passages usually due to membranes lining the nose becoming swollen from inflamed blood vessels. It is also known as nasal blockage, nasal obstruction, blocked nose, stuffy nose, or plugged nose.
Nasal decongestants target the discomfort directly. These come as nasal sprays, inhalers, and as oral pills.
Nasal congestion has many causes and can range from a mild annoyance to a life-threatening condition. The newborn infant prefers to breathe through the nose (historically referred to as "obligate nasal breathers"). Nasal congestion in an infant in the first few months of life can interfere with breastfeeding and cause life-threatening respiratory distress; in older children and adolescents it is often just an annoyance but can cause other difficulties.
Nasal congestion can interfere with the hearing and speech. Significant congestion may interfere with sleep, cause snoring, and can be associated with sleep apnea. In children, nasal congestion from enlarged adenoids has caused chronic sleep apnea with insufficient oxygen levels and hypoxia, as well as right-sided heart failure. The problem usually resolves after surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils.
Nasal congestion can also cause mild facial and head pain, and a degree of discomfort, often from allergies or the common cold.
Home remedies, herbs, and food supplements for Congestion (Nasal Congestion)
Method of use:
Eucalyptus oil is a natural topical and inhaling remedy to help clear air passages. Massage several drops of natural eucalyptus oil on the chest and neck and breathe deeply. Or add 3-4 drops into a pot of hot water. Place your head near the bowl of water and cover with a towel. Inhale deeply.
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Method of use:
Ginger is a powerful natural remedy that can help soothe sore throat and nasal congestion. Cut up one small piece of fresh, raw ginger. Add ginger to a bowl of hot water. Add 2-3 black pepper cloves into water and strain water into a glass. Add honey and drink 2-3 times daily.