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How to get rid of a blocked nose?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

When your nose is blocked, it’s more than just a nuisance. Breathing becomes challenging, leading to mouth breathing, which can cause dryness and irritation in your mouth and throat. This can disrupt your sleep, leaving you feeling tired and groggy during the day.

How to get rid of blocked nose?

Dealing with a blocked nose can be frustrating, but there are steps you can take to find relief and get back to normal.

Follow this step-by-step process to unblock your nose:

  • Steam inhalation (5-10 minutes): Start by boiling water in a pot or bowl. Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat and carefully lean over the pot, covering your head with a towel to trap the steam. Inhale deeply through your nose for 5-10 minutes. The steam helps to moisturise and soothe the nasal passages, reducing congestion.

  • Nasal irrigation (5-10 minutes): Prepare a saline solution by dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 240 ml of warm distilled or boiled water. Tilt your head to the side over a sink and pour the solution into one nostril, allowing it to drain out of the other nostril. Repeat on the other side.

  • Nasal decongestant spray (2-3 minutes): If the previous steps aren’t working, consider using a nasal decongestant spray like Sudafed. These sprays work by shrinking swollen blood vessels in the nasal passages, reducing congestion.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to keep your nasal passages moist and thin out mucus.

  • Elevate your head (during sleep): Elevate your head while sleeping by using an extra pillow. This helps prevent mucus from pooling in your nasal passages.

Frequently asked questions about blocked nose

How to clear a blocked nose?

To clear a blocked nose, try steam inhalation, nasal irrigation, or using a saline spray. Stay hydrated and elevate your head while sleeping.

How to open a blocked nose instantly?

To open a blocked nose quickly, try steam inhalation, nasal decongestant sprays, or over-the-counter nasal strips.

How to stop a blocked nose?

To stop a blocked nose, try steam inhalation, saline nasal sprays, over-the-counter decongestants, or nasal strips for effective relief.

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