Health Tip: If You Have Nasal Congestion
(HealthDay News) -- Nasal congestion, often called a stuffy nose, can be caused by a bacterial infection or virus, allergies or the common cold.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to help clear nasal congestion:
Take an over-the-counter decongestant or antihistamine.
Use a saline solution nasal spray.
Run a humidifier or vaporizer to increase humidity.
Drink plenty of fluids. Sip on hot tea, broth or chicken soup.
Sit upright and keep your head slightly elevated, as congestion can worsen when you lie down.
Use nasal strips that help widen the nostrils and improve breathing.
Date Published: 03/03/2010