Tip Off : Nasal Congestion All you need to know

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Nasal congestion is another term for a stuffy nose. It is often a symptom of another health problem, such as a sinus infection. It may also be caused by the common cold. Nasal congestion is marked by: stuffy or runny nose sinus pain mucus buildup…

Causes OF NASAL CONGESTION

Allergies. Hay fever. Noncancerous growths, called nasal polyps, in the nasal passages.

Chemical exposures. Environmental irritants. Long-lasting sinus infection, known as chronic sinusitis. Deviated septum.

SYMPTOMS

Sinus pressure behind the eyes and the cheeks. A runny, stuffy nose that lasts more than a week. A worsening headache. A fever. Cough. Bad breath. Thick yellow or green mucus draining from your nose or down the back of your throat (postnasal drip). Fatigue.

CURE

Use a humidifier or vaporizer. Take long showers or breathe in steam from a pot of warm (but not too hot) water. Drink lots of fluids. … Use a nasal saline spray … Try a Neti pot, nasal irrigator, or bulb syringe …Place a warm, wet towel on your face. … Prop yourself up.

DIET

Warm fluids: Whether you’re sipping tea or eating chicken soup, warm fluids help break up congestion in your airways, making it easier to cough up mucus.

Fish: Some studies suggest that healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like tuna, salmon, could lower the risk of developing allergies.

Yogurt: Some research shows that healthy bacteria called probiotics found in yogurt may slightly reduce pollen allergy symptoms.

Honey: Taking a teaspoon of honey is a common treatment for allergies. Does it really work? Studies haven’t shown any benefit. But since it’s low-risk, you could see if it helps. Don’t give honey to kids under 1 year old.

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