Also known as a nasal obstruction blocked or plugged nose, a stuffy nose is that uncomfortable feeling you get and you cannot pass air through your nose. You will struggle to breathe when working out and to breathe normally without any sounds. It is a result of a swollen membranes caused by inflamed blood vessels. Children are more susceptible to stuffy nose than adults. (Source – http://fullhealthandwellness.com)
In children and adolescents, stuffy noses can affect hearing, speech, ears, sleep, mild facial pain and in extreme cases insufficient oxygen levels in the blood. This therefore means that you need to get rid of stuffy nose as soon as it appears.
Causes of stuffy nose
- Allergic reactions
- Cluster headaches -these are recurring headaches with no apparent cause
- Common cold – accompanied by a runny nose
- Deviated septum
- Childhood illnesses such as Rubella,Measles,Whopping cough, Hay fever and enlarged adenoids
- Swine flu
- Sinus infection or sinusitis
- Sleep apnea
Getting rid of a stuffy nose
In many instances, a stuffy nose will be harmless, last for a couple of hours and disappear on its own. However there are instances when the stuffy nose will last and cause discomfort for prolonged periods of time. This is the time you will need to apply one of the mentioned below remedies: (more remedies – http://fullhealthandwellness.com/natural-ways-to-get-rid-of-a-stuffy-nose)
- Use an over the counter decongestant – this is especially useful for people with colds. There are decongestants of two types: pills and nasal sprays.
- Anti-histamines – if you get your stuffy nose form allergies, then you need to get antihistamines.
- Saline nasal spray – this is one of the most effective home remedies. All you need is a nasal aspirator or bulb syringe, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a cupful of warm water. After mixing the salt and warm water, spray the saline mixture into the nose.
- Steaming – this is another home remedy. Go to the shower, turn on the hot water and let it run, breath in the steam. You can also boil water, place in a container and breath in the steam produced. A humidifier is also applicable in this case.
- Drink a lot of warm fluids – These include soup, water, juices and broths. The fluids will help thin any mucus in your nose and alleviate the stuffy nose.
- Use a vapor rub- this comes in handy especially when you are sleeping. Rub a bit of the vapor rub near your nose, on throat or chest as you sleep. If you do not have a vapor rub you can use a drop of peppermint oil.
- Call a doctor – it is important to know when to call a doctor. This is especially so I children who cannot yet breath through their mouths. Here are some instances that you should call a doctor:
1. Stuffy nose interferes with feeding of baby
2. Baby has labored breathing due to congested nose
3. Congestion is accompanied with fever
4. Stuffy nose has lasted for more than 7 days
When you use any of the above methods, your stuffy nose should disappear in couple of hours or days. One thing to put in mind is that blowing your nose will not get rid of a stuffy nose, it will elevate the stuffiness.