How to Clear a Stuffy Nose? Home Remedies and Tips

Home remedies to clear a stuffy nose (Image via Unsplash/Brittany Colette)
Home remedies to clear a stuffy nose (Image via Unsplash/Brittany Colette)

A stuffy nose can be caused by inflammation in the nasal blood vessels and sinuses. It can also be caused by excessive mucous secretion.

There are several medications available that can help with nasal congestion, but it's best to avoid them unless the condition is serious enough. In this article, we bring out easy and simple home remedies and tips that might help with congestion without needing chemical medications.


What Causes Stuffy Nose?

Colds, flu, and allergies can trigger inflammation in nasal blood vessels and cause a stuffy nose. They cause difficulty in breathing, especially at night. Temperature fluctuations, pollution, and dry air can cause a stuffy nose too. Read on to learn more about ways to relieve congestion without any hassle.


Easy Remedy for Stuffy Nose

Humidifiers can help reduce nasal decongestion. (Image via Unsplash/Ulla Shinami)
Humidifiers can help reduce nasal decongestion. (Image via Unsplash/Ulla Shinami)

A humidifier machine converts water to moisture and releases it into the air, increasing humidity in the room.

Moist air can soothe irritated nasal tissues, respiratory tract lining, and swollen blood vessels in the nose and sinuses. Hot and humidified air can also help loosen the congested mucus and help it drain better.

You can get the same relief by breathing in steam from hot water in your bathroom sink. Follow these steps:

  • Turn on the hot water in your bathroom sink.
  • Once the temperature is steaming hot, place a towel over your head, and hold your head over the sink.
  • Allow the steam to accumulate, and take in slow and deep breaths.
  • Be careful not to burn your face in the hot water.

Treatment for Blocked Nose at Night

Using a nasal saline spray can help increase moisture in the nasal passages and loosen the mucus.

Saline solutions are a popular remedy for a stuffy nose. You can prepare a saline solution at home and pour it into a nasal cleaning bottle. Readymade commercial saline sprays are available in pharmacies and stores alike.

Saline sprays containing added decongestant medications for a stuffy nose must be taken only with the advice of a medical professional.


How to Unstuff Your Nose Instantly?

Warm steam can reduce nasal congestion. (Image via Unsplash/Kowit Phothisan)
Warm steam can reduce nasal congestion. (Image via Unsplash/Kowit Phothisan)

You can clean out your congested nose using a neti pot. It's a bottle designed to flush mucus and fluids out of the nostrils. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using distilled or sterile water for a neti pot.

Follow these steps to use a neti pot:

  • Stand with your head over a sink.
  • Place the spout of the neti pot in one nostril.
  • Tilt the neti pot, and let the water flow into your nostrils. The water will come out through the other nostril and drain into the sink.
  • Continue that for about a minute, and switch to the other side.

Medications & Decongestants for a Stuffy Nose

If you face breathing difficulties and the aforementioned home remedies do not work, consult with a medical professional immediately. Prescription drugs and decongestant sprays help with a stuffed nose instantly. It's recommended to use a pollution mask outdoors for better respiratory health.

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Edited by Indranil Biswas
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