If you frequently suffer from a blocked or stuffy nose, you know how irritating it can be. A stuffy nose can cause discomfort, headaches, and trouble smelling or tasting foods. But your Sun City West Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians can offer tips to help you breathe easier.
Try a Humidifier
Moist air may help to reduce inflammation in your nasal tissues. It will also thin the mucous in your nose helping you to clear it away more easily.
Try the Shower
Much the same way a humidifier will help calm and clear your nasal passages, the steam from your shower can do an even better job. If you prefer not to get your whole body wet, many nose doctors recommend that you try running hot water in the sink, then lean over the sink placing a towel over your head to trap the steam.
Drink More Water
Staying hydrated helps to thin the mucous in your nasal passages so that you can clear them more easily. It doesn’t just have to be water, either. You can drink tea or eat a broth-based soup.
Use a Saline Spray
An over-the-counter saline spray can help to unblock your nasal passages by reducing inflammation. If you are interested in a medicated nasal spray, talk to your Sun City West Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians about this option.
Visit the Pharmacy
Your pharmacist can recommend nasal decongestant sprays that can help relieve a stuffy nose. However, you should not use these types of nasal sprays for prolonged periods without speaking to your doctor. Overuse of some nasal decongestants could worsen a blocked nose.
Treat the Cause of the Problem
One of the most effective ways to treat a stuffy nose is to figure out what is causing it to begin with. A blocked nose could be caused by seasonal allergies or an allergy to dust or pets. In other cases, a blocked nose may be caused by an infection or injury to the nose. Your otolaryngologist can treat these issues.
If you suffer from a chronic stuffy or blocked nose, talk to your Sun City West nose doctor. The otolaryngologists at Arizona ENT offer diagnosis and treatment for ear, nose, and throat problems. Schedule an appointment for a consultation today by calling (623) 975-1660.