It feels like when you experience nasal congestion. Daily activities become disturbed due to difficulty breathing. Not to mention when the time for sleep arrives, sleep is not sound due to having to change the position of sleep to the right and left to be able to breathe. Have you or have experienced something similar? Relax, there are easy ways you can do to ease it.
Nasal congestion occurs when the tissues and blood vessels around the nose become swollen due to excess fluid. This condition may be accompanied by a runny nose. Some conditions that might make your nose blocked, including colds, flu, allergies, and sinusitis.
The use of spray medicine to overcome nasal congestion
Nasal congestion can be treated with antihistamines or oral decongestants (drinking). Both of these types of drugs would be better if added with a nasal spray specifically formulated for nasal congestion.
Nasal sprays containing oxymetazoline can be used to relieve nasal discomfort caused by colds and allergies. This drug is also widely used to relieve nasal congestion and congestion in the sinuses, due to its faster effect compared to oral medication for nasal congestion.
Although it has a fast acting effect, nasal sprays containing oxymetazoline are not recommended for children under 6 years of age, unless recommended by a doctor. The way this spray works is by narrowing the blood vessels in the nasal passages, so that the swelling and blockage of the nasal cavity is reduced. Its use should only be sprayed into the nose, and not to be swallowed. Usually, this spray is used every 10 to 12 hours as needed, but no more than twice a spray per day. Do not use this spray for more than three days in a row. If symptoms do not improve after three days of treatment, contact your doctor immediately.
If you experience nasal congestion accompanied by a high fever, runny blood, or snot turns green, see a doctor immediately.
Additional tips to relieve nasal congestion
When you experience nasal congestion, the important thing you need to pay attention to is to keep the nasal and sinus ducts moist. The following easy steps to relieve nasal congestion:
Drink plenty of fluids.
Frequent runny nose.
Breathe warm steam.
Wash the nose with salt water.
Consumption of hot drinks.
Sleep with extra pillows.
Fluid can help thin the mucus and may prevent sinus congestion. In addition, consuming lots of fluids can also keep your throat moist.
It’s important to do this regularly if your nose is blocked, but do it right. Eating snot with a pressure that is too hard can bring germs back to your ears. The best way to get snot is to close the flow of air with your fingers in one nostril when you are blowing your nose with the other hole.
Add water to the pan, then cook until boiling. Lift and then slowly inhale the warm steam generated from the boiling water. But be careful when practicing this because the steam can make your nose blister. In addition to these methods, you can also enjoy warm steam while bathing in warm water. Not only does it relieve nasal congestion, a warm bath can also relax your body.
Besides being able to relieve nasal congestion, this method can also eliminate viruses and bacteria that are in the nose. You can make a salt water solution at home. The ingredients are three teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the two ingredients together, then store in an airtight container. To make the solution, take one teaspoon of the mixture, then put in 230 ml of warm water. Fill this solution in a syringe or neti pot. Then, lean back to the sink while tilting your head. Pour this solution into one of the nostrils. Allow it to flow out of the other nostrils. During this process, you can breathe using your mouth.
Hot drinks can relieve nasal congestion, soothe inflamed membranes and prevent dehydration. A hot drink that you can try is herbal tea mixed with one teaspoon of honey. This step is very helpful when you have difficulty breathing while sleeping at night.
This method might help make you sleep more soundly. Sleeping with two pillows under your head can help relieve nasal congestion.