How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose

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When your nose is feeling stuffy, it’s difficult to focus on anything else. Your body feels heavy, and it can be difficult to breathe steadily. But don’t worry, Kleenex® facial tissues are here to provide relief during cold and flu season. Want even more comfort? Treat yourself to a Kleenex® Get Well Care Package to get you closer to a full recovery. And make sure to keep reading to learn about nasal congestion, sinus pressure relief, home remedies and how to clear a stuffy nose.

What causes nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion is when your nose becomes stuffed up and inflamed. The inflammation leads to swollen nasal passages that constrict air flow and it’s particularly common in adults. In fact, one in four1 who experience nasal congestion experience it almost every day, with the majority (85%) reporting that congestion negatively impacts their daily activities. That’s where Kleenex® Soothing Lotion™ tissues come in. They’re made with moisturizing lotion to help protect your skin. These 3-layer tissues offer strong protection for your hands, are fragrance-free, and are the only tissues with a touch of coconut oil, aloe and vitamin E to help protect and nourish skin. Which makes them the perfect tissue for a stuffed and heavy nose.

Here are some other potential causes for congestion:

  • Acute sinusitis (nasal and sinus infection)
  • This causes the spaces inside your nose (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen which interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up.

  • Allergies
  • These symptoms depend on the substance involved and can affect your airways, sinuses and nasal passages.

  • Food, especially spicy dishes
  • Nasal polyps
  • These are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses—when irritated it can lead to a stuffy nose.

  • Stress
  • Deviated septum
  • This occurs when the thin wall (nasal septum) between your nasal passages is displaced to one side, making one nasal passage smaller. The exposure of a deviated septum to the drying effect of airflow through the nose may sometimes contribute to feeling stuffed up.

  • Environmental irritants

Here are some home remedies for a stuffy nose:

  1. Use a humidifier
  2. This can be a quick and easy way to reduce sinus pain and help relieve nasal congestion.

  3. Use a saline spray
  4. Increase your hydration and the moisture in your nostrils.

  5. Use a warm compress
  6. Alleviate some symptoms of nasal congestion by opening the nasal passages from the outside.

  7. Decongestants
  8. These kinds of medication can help reduce swelling and ease pain associated with irritated nasal passages. Always speak with your doctor about the right medication for you.

  9. Peppermint
  10. The main active ingredient in peppermint is menthol which is a natural decongestant and may even thin out the gunk in your chest.2

  11. Warm soup
  12. Hot broths can be a yummy and comforting way to help loosen mucus.