How to clear a Sinus Congestion?

Nasal congestion refers to the blockage of the nasal passages as a result of a swollen membrane lining caused by inflamed blood vessels in the nose. It is also known as blocked nose, runny nose or obstructed nose. The common cold or flu, hay fever - an allergic reaction to pollen or grass - other allergies, dry air, pollution, and sinusitis are common causes of nasal congestion. Pregnant women often suffer from nasal congestion due to the increased flow of body throughout the body. Congestion can interfere with the normal sleep routine and lead to snoring. A clogged nose leads to a difficulty in breathing, hearing, speaking and concentrating and may also cause sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and irritation.

The sinuses are narrow, hollow air spaces inside the bones that surround the nose. Sinusitis is caused by inflammation of the sinuses, not allowing mucus and air to escape resulting in bacterial growth. A sinus infection results in pain and tenderness around the eyes and cheek bones accompanied by discomfort and a thick yellow green nasal discharge. Fever, fatigue, weakness, bad breath, toothaches and congestion also indicate sinusitis.

Getting plenty of sleep and rest helps in easing discomfort caused by sinusitis and congestion. Sleeping on one side or with the head elevated is known to reduce the congestion and to make breathing easier. Nasal drops prepared by mixing salt in water are effective in opening up the nasal passages. Holding a warm, wet towel against your face helps to open up the nasal passages and sinuses. Steam inhalation also relieves pressure caused by sinusitis and opens the sinus cavities. Increasing the humidity in the air with a vaporizer or humidifier can normalize nasal secretions. Drinking plenty of fresh fruit juices and water helps to reduce the congestion by thinning the mucus. Hot tea, soup or broth is especially effective in thinning the mucus. A person suffering from sinusitis should avoid scented hair oils, perfumes and alcohol as they worsen the condition. Adding garlic and onion to regular meals helps in reducing sinus related problems. Drinking water boiled with fenugreek seeds is also an efficient remedy for sinusitis. A combination of 1 part each of beet and cucumber juice, 2 parts of spinach juice and 3 parts of carrot juice is effective in treating sinusitis. Foods rich in vitamin A like mangoes, papayas, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin, eggs, yogurt and milk prevent sinusitis. Vitamin C prevents sinusitis by assisting in the formation of healthy epithelium tissues.

answered by G M

Nasal congestion occurs when the blood vessels inside the nose become inflamed and swollen. It can lead to ear infections, problems in hearing, speech development and interfere with sleep. The main reason for nasal congestion is pasteurised dairy products and thus they should be avoided if you are prone to nasal congestion. A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates also causes congestion, so you should avoid such foods and consume more of fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh fish. Hot liquids also relieve the congestion so consume lots of hot tea and soups, laced with pepper. An excellent concoction can be prepared with 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tsp chopped garlic, ½ tsp of hot sauce, 1 tsp lemon juice and a pinch of celery salt. Avoid exposure to dust and other allergens that can cause congestion and asthma.

You can also prepare a simple decongestant by inhaling in the steam from water boiled with some salt. Alternately add a few drops of grapefruit extract in ½ cup of warm water and inhale the perfume just before going to bed. Inhaling the vapours of heated apple cider vinegar also helps to decongest the nasal cavity. Place a drop of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil in your handkerchief and breathe in the perfume, leave it on your pillow so it can work overnight.

answered by G M

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