Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:57 am

It’s time for another season change and as the weather gets cooler dust pollen and plant debris fill the air and allergies flare-up

If you’re struggling with a stuffy blocked nose, you are not alone, and you don’t have to put up with it with these quick easy tricks you can pull off at home especially when you don’t have access to medication

Why your nose is blocked

Most of us think a blocked nose is caused by a mucus build-up, and struggle to blog our noses clean. This rarely works because the most common cause of blocked noses is inflamed nasal blood vessels. 

To unblock your nose is to ease this inflammation.

According to Healthline, effective decongestion soothes inflammation and irritation. 

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Take a steamy shower

Steaming is an age-old cure for nasal congestion. The steam soothes and moisturises the nasal passages reducing irritation and inflammation allowing you to breath again. 

Steaming could also release mucus trapped by swelling. This could be a short-lived relief if you step out of the shower and straight into the same environment that irritates, dries and inflames your nasal passages. Keeping the air humid after decongesting could improve the quality of the air and reduce the chances of your nose becoming blocked soon after your shower.

A saline rinse

Saltwater is a popular decongestant and can be bought as a nasal spray for adults and even babies. 

A Netti- pot is has been used for centuries to irrigate the sinuses and has been proven by a study that Netti-pots can relieve chronic nasal congestion. 

Use a hot or cold pack

According to Everyday Health, a hot or cold pack placed directly on your nose can soothe your nasal passages and help you relieve congestion and discomfort. 

this method is especially useful with chronic nasal congestion because it can be repeated without much hassle. 

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