Nasal congestion is a common symptom in many conditions of the upper
respiratory system. It is the result of swollen mucous membranes in the
nose caused by irritated blood vessels. The mechanism of smell requires
that the smallest blood vessels called capillaries exist very close to the
surface in the nose. This is to allow the sensory molecules to permeate
the tissue lining into the blood vessels so that they can be transported to olfactory receptors in the brain.
When certain inflammatory substances are released from allergies, viral
infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections or local trauma the blood vessels become reactive. The release of histamine, cytokines and other vasoactive compounds cause the capillaries to dilate and leak fluid out of the vessel walls into surrounding tissues. This fluid infiltrates the mucous membranes and creates the swelling known as a stuffy nose or nasal congestion.
The first response many people have to nasal congestion is a topical nose
spray. Oral decongestants do little for common nasal congestion and may
produce serious side effects such as tachycardia (rapid heart rate),
hypertension (high blood pressure), insomnia, dry mouth and others.
Looking for a better Natural Remedy to cure your annoying stuffy nose?
In case of a stuffy nose sometimes taking a hot shower may prove to be just the right cure.
The steam helps one loosen mucus, reduce inflammation and easier to expel, thus no more stuffy nose for you. If you do not care for a hot shower, breathing in steam from a hot water pot has the same effect. However, you should make sure no cool air is around or cover your head with a towel and stay like this for 5 minutes.
Take a small hand towel and soak it into hot water. Make sure you squeeze the water well before use and place it on the nose. Leave it there for about 15 minutes.
The warm works as a pain relief and it also help reduce the inflammation in the nostrils. This is a safe and easy way to unclog a stuffy nose. Repeat it as often as needed.
A humidifier helps increase the humidity inside the room. And this moist air that forms is good to breathe as it soothes the nasal tissues and eventually unclogs them and it also relieves a sore throat.
Having a humidifier in the room can do no harm, but only good. It helps you breathe easier.
Water and being hydrated are very important in keeping the mucus thin and draining it. Drink more water than you usually do.
What is good that in this case, you can also use some juice or tea instead of water. As long as it is healthy and liquid and keeps you hydrated it has the effect we want. Being hydrated applies less pressure on the sinuses and thus less inflammation.
Lemon contains many antioxidants and is good for your health.
In case of a stuffy nose mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice an half a teaspoon of black pepper powder with a bit of salt and apply this mix to the nose. Make sure it stays there for a few minutes and soon you will feel better and able to breathe.
A stuffy nose is terrible and makes you feel like you cannot breathe, so taking care of it as soon as you observe will free you from an unpleasant situation.