Discover how to get rid of stuffy noses.
Do you have a stuffy nose and want to feel better quickly? Are you looking for an effective treatment for a stuffy nose? The Qare team gives you all the medical solutions to help you get through this unpleasant moment.
You can have a blocked nose due to a virus or an allergy, but whatever the origin, here are several tips to relieve you.
•Wash your nose with seawater spray or saline. And if you don’t have either, you can just use salt water.
•Drink a lot: water, tea, herbal teas
•Use a humidifier if you have a stuffy nose in the winter, especially if your nose feels dry
•Turn off the air conditioning, if you have a cold in the summer
•If you have a stuffy nose at night, ventilate your room well before sleeping.
•Raise your pillow, to ease the pressure on the sinuses, your nose will be less stuffy at night
•Sleep on your side or stomach rather than your back.
The first thing to do is blow your nose often. It is the natural treatment to favor a stuffy nose. You have to blow your nose slowly and for a long time, so as not to damage the nasal septum. Otherwise, you risk having bleeding. You can use seawater spray as a stuffy nose treatment, or saline.
In babies, the first treatment for a stuffy nose is to clean their nose thoroughly. Infants and small children do not know how to blow their noses. The best is therefore to perform a nasopharyngeal obstruction (DRP) with physiological saline. Your doctor will show you how.
The stuffy nose is often associated with a cold. Most of the time, colds are caused by viruses. There is no specific medicine to take, the viruses disappear on their own after 5-20 days. On the other hand, you can implement some homemade treatments against a stuffy nose.
Hot water vapor inhalations, for example, are an often effective home remedy. You can add a few drops of essential oils to it; Ask your GP or pharmacist for advice on choosing the best essential oil for treating a stuffy nose. You can also simply put two or three drops of essential oil on a handkerchief and inhale it regularly.
Please note that some essential oils are not suitable for infants under 30 months.
Before embarking on self-medication, seek the advice of a general practitioner in teleconsultation!
Before thinking about a treatment or a remedy for a stuffy nose, it is necessary to identify the cause: viral rhinitis or allergy? If necessary, your doctor can enlighten you.
When we talk about colds, we are talking about viral rhinitis. It goes away on its own in a few days. The first treatment, as we have seen, consists of blowing your nose regularly, if necessary with the help of a spray.
But beware of spray treatments bought in pharmacies in case of a stuffy nose! Some can be dangerous, especially for pregnant women and children under 15. Always ask your pharmacist for advice and read the package leaflet carefully.
In some cases, the common cold can become superinfected and turn into sinusitis. In this case, do not hesitate to consult a general practitioner.
He will prescribe a drug treatment suitable for sinusitis and stuffy nose, possibly with antibiotics. If he is a homeopathic general practitioner, he can also sometimes prescribe a homeopathic treatment for your stuffy nose.
If you have an allergy, to pollens or dust mites, for example, one of the first symptoms is often rhinitis. The remedy is to remove the allergenic element as far as possible, so as not to have a permanently or chronically stuffy nose.
It is always best to consult a doctor in case of an allergy. He will prescribe antihistamines. If your allergy is severe, your doctor may also give you cortisone therapy to relieve your stuffy nose and all of the allergy symptoms.
In this pandemic period the answer is yes, it is best to consult if you feel cold. At the slightest symptoms suggestive of the coronavirus, you must adopt the reflex of consulting a medical opinion to find out if you should isolate yourself, take the test, take treatment, etc.
Isolation rules are changing and it is better to ask a doctor what to do than to ignore your symptoms and thus unintentionally spread the virus.
Normally, the inside of our nose regularly secretes a little mucus. This liquid defends the nose against infections. But if it is contaminated with a virus, the lining of the nose will swell and produce more mucus to defend itself.
This is the cause of stuffy nose. The nose begins to run and at the same time, the accumulation of mucus in the nose produces this feeling of having the nostrils blocked.