Nasal Congestion Remedies
Nasal congestion remedies are quite varied. Many people firmly believe that natural medications are the answer, while others will swear by increasing one’s general health as a method of treatment. With so many remedies for nasal congestion, it may seem impossible to find the best one, but this article will provide an overview of several nasal congestion home remedies that are proven to work. One should be sure before trying any of these remedies that what he or she is experiencing is actually nasal congestion. Many people mistake this condition for more serious problems such as sleep apnea, breathing or airway obstructions, asthma, bronchitis, and other health issues. A visit to a doctor or allergy specialist before trying these home remedies for nasal congestion is always recommended.
One of the most popular remedies for nasal congestion is the use of over the counter products including nasal sprays, lozenges, pills, and other medications. These, however, can be habit forming and are thus intended only for short term relief. Generally, these products can alleviate the symptoms of nasal congestion, but they cannot cure the cause. If one must use an over the counter product, saline nasal sprays are suggested as these are not generally habit forming and provide a much gentler form of congestion relief. Of course, an even better choice than any of these is to try nasal congestion home remedies such as natural pills, supplements, or vitamins that work to boost one’s immune system and health. Taking other steps toward better health such as eating non processed or organic foods, drinking plenty of water, getting exercise, getting adequate rest, and reducing the number of stressors in one’s life can also be beneficial. Often times, other health problems that one may have, such as migraines or ear infections, can also be alleviatd simply by treating the nasal congestion that is causing them.
Other popular home remedies for nasal congestion include the use of humidifiers or vaporizers and, of course, keeping an immaculately clean, dust free and pet hair free home. One should be careful that, while cleaning, he or she does not neglect corners and crevices where large amounts of dust and dander often hide. Sometimes, the physical act of cleaning can cause one to experience nasal congestion as large amounts of dust and dirt are being stirred up, so if it all possible, one should have someone else do the cleaning. Avoiding air fresheners, plug in room fresheners, and any scented sprays or cleaning products can also help to reduce nasal irritation and congestion. Unscented products are always best, and this includes personal items such as soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, laundry detergent, and bubble baths. Scented candles or incense should also be avoided, and cigarette smoke (whether first or second hand) should always be avoided at all costs.
If these treatmens do not work or if problems persist, one should again seek out the help of a doctor. Sometimes a prescription medication is the only route to go. Parents and caregivers should be particularly careful with any method of treatment they use on babies or on young children, and all individuals should be aware of what ingredients are used in any product they take. Not all nasal congestion remedies are safe for everyone.