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How to Alleviate and Lessen Congestion

By Edited Feb 25, 2016 0 0

I personally suffer from constant, chronic congestion.  It is absolutely unbearable.  My sinuses constantly produce mucous that is either running out my nose, down my throat, or preventing me from being able to breathe.  I am sure I am not alone in suffering from unbearable congestion.  To try to deal with my congestion issues, I have researched every medicinal and natural remedy for sinus congestion and runny noses.  Check out these simple steps to help alleviate and lessen congestion.

If you are suffering from congestion, the first possibility is that it is due to allergies.  Common allergies include dust, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, etc...  The first step is to get rid of all of the allergens from your home.  Make sure that you dust and vacuum regularly, clean out air conditioner and heating ducts monthly, put a hypoallergenic cover on your mattress to prevent dust mites, put welcome mats at your doors to trap dirt and dust, and use air filters.  These are all great ways to limit allergens and help prevent an allergic reaction and mucous production.  Furthermore, you can also try allergy medications or antihistamines in order to deal with your allergies.  Popular over the counter (OTC) antihistamines include Benadryl and Claritin which are also available in generic forms.  You can also see an allergist to get tested to see what specific allergies you may have or see your physician for a prescription allergy medication.

Another method is to use decongestants to deal with congestion.  These, however, should not be used for chronic congestion but rather temporary congestion.  Using chronic decongestants can result in dependency and do more harm than good.  There are both pill form decongestants such as Sudafed and nasal spray decongestants such as Afrin.  If one does not work, you can try the other.

If you only have congestion at certain times, you may want to explore what you are consuming that causes the congestion.  Commonly, dairy products cause mucous and phlegm production.  Try cutting out dairy to see if that helps.

Be sure to drink lots of water and fluids in order to help thin mucous and reduce congestion.  I've also found that drinking green tea helps to break up mucous and phlegm.  I imagine any hot tea would work; however, I prefer green tea because it also has antioxidants, immunity benefits, and boosts your metabolism.

One of the best ways to deal with congestion is nasal irrigation.  Nasal irrigation involves having saline solution go through one nostril and it pushes the mucous and everything else out the other nostril.  The most common form of nasal irrigation is to use a neti pot which can be found at any drugstore or homeopathy store.  A neti pot is like a little teapot, you pour the saline solution into one nostril and the force of gravity helps it to drain out the other nostril.  If you are so congested that the force of gravity is not enough, you may want to look into an electric nasal irrigator.  I've had success with the Grossman system myself.



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