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What causes nasal congestion?
Here are some other potential causes for congestion:
- Acute sinusitis (nasal and sinus infection)
- Food, especially spicy dishes
- Nasal polyps
- Deviated septum
- Environmental irritants
This causes the spaces inside your nose (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen which interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up.
These symptoms depend on the substance involved and can affect your airways, sinuses and nasal passages.
These are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses—when irritated it can lead to a stuffy nose.
This occurs when the thin wall (nasal septum) between your nasal passages is displaced to one side, making one nasal passage smaller. The exposure of a deviated septum to the drying effect of airflow through the nose may sometimes contribute to feeling stuffed up.
Here are some home remedies for a stuffy nose:
- Use a humidifier
- Use a saline spray
- Use a warm compress
- Warm soup
This can be a quick and easy way to reduce sinus pain and help relieve nasal congestion.
Increase your hydration and the moisture in your nostrils.
Alleviate some symptoms of nasal congestion by opening the nasal passages from the outside.
These kinds of medication can help reduce swelling and ease pain associated with irritated nasal passages. Always speak with your doctor about the right medication for you.
The main active ingredient in peppermint is menthol which is a natural decongestant and may even thin out the gunk in your chest.2
Hot broths can be a yummy and comforting way to help loosen mucus.