From the Health Library of "Can I treat nasal congestion without medication?"


There are ways that you can treat nasal congestion without medication. Medicines are not the only way to relieve a stuffy or runny nose. Often, gentler solutions are better. Try these steps to thin the mucus, which can help you breathe easier and get your nasal secretions back to normal:

  • Use gentle saline nasal sprays.
  • Increase the humidity in the air with a vaporizer or humidifier.
  • Drink extra fluids. Hot tea, broth, or chicken soup may be especially helpful.
  • For a baby too young to blow his or her nose, an infant nasal aspirator (bulb) can help remove the mucus. If the mucus is thick and sticky, loosen it by putting 2 or 3 saline nose drops into each nostril. Don’t insert cotton swabs into a child’s nostrils. Instead, catch the discharge outside the nostril on a tissue or swab, roll it around, and pull the discharge out of the nose.

Congestion is often worse when you are lying down. Keep upright, or at least keep the head elevated. This is especially helpful for young children.
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One thought on “From the Health Library of "Can I treat nasal congestion without medication?"

  1. When I was looking for herbs that have anti-bacterial and / or anti-viral properties to deal with my chronic sinusitis, I thought I had remembered that oregano was effective in one of those areas. I started taking about 1/8 of a teaspoon of dried oregano with about 4 ounces of water once or twice a day to see if it would help. I was surprised to notice relief from the sinus pressure almost immediately. I suggested it to several friends and family members with similar issues and each one has also received benefit. I also discovered, however, that too much of a good thing isn’t good – if I take more than 1/2 teaspoon in a day, it upsets my stomach.

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