Are you often congested and clogged? Nasal congestion and runny nose are symptoms that are quite common during winter. Even if it is easy to deal with them, they deteriorate quality of life and cause a series of unpleasant consequences, such as headache. So, how can we deal with nasal congestion and recover faster from cold and flu?
What is nasal congestion?
Nasal congestion (clogged nose), rhinorrhoea (runny nose), fever, sneezing, headache, sore throat, earache and cough are common symptoms of cold and flu. Most of the times, they both coexist leading to dry mouth and chapped lips, because of oral breath. The intensity of the symptoms may vary from person to person. Although it is simple and often easy to deal with congestion, if it lasts for a long time or happens often, then it affects a person’s quality of life, ability to work and even mood.
What are the reasons of nasal congestion?
Nasal congestion is not a separate health condition but the result of a cold, flu or allergy. The duration of nasal congestion is relatively short, until the microorganism that caused it is treated. Both flu and cold are infections of the upper respiratory tract caused by pathogenic microorganisms. Other causes responsible for nasal clogging are anatomical abnormalities of the nose, such as crooked diaphragm (septum), polyps, chronic sinusitis, even some medications. When the nasal congestion is chronic, it is probably caused by an allergy.
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In nature, there are many substances, trace elements and herbs that are involved in the biological defense activities of the body. They act either by boosting the immune system, providing antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties or by reducing the intensity and duration of symptoms. Their can both prevent and help fight cold and flu.
Relief of symptoms
For better breathing, nasal washings with normal saline or salt water are recommended throughout the day. Thanks to its osmotic properties, salt water helps remove the mucus, thus releasing breath. Avoid using pharmaceutical sprays for many days as they can cause drug rhinitis.
In addition, it is advisable to frequently ventilate the areas you live in. Although it seems strange, the lack of humidity in the atmosphere increases nasal congestion. Avoid prolonged use of air conditioners as they dry out the atmosphere and boil some water to bring the room moisture to the desired levels. Sleep, good nutrition and rest are key points for faster recovery too.