How to Keep Head Congestion From Going Into the Lungs

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Head congestion is one of the most frustrating symptoms of being sick. When you can't breathe clearly through your nose, it's hard to get comfortable. If you don't take care of head congestion caused by the common cold, it can move into your lungs. Not only is this a more serious condition, but it also comes with a cough. Here is what you can do to keep your head congestion at bay and out of your lungs.

Things You'll Need

  • Saline nose spray
  • Neti pot
  • Pillows

Eat the right kinds of foods. The most effective way to quickly get rid of head congestion before it turns to a lung infection is by eating healthy foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables do wonders for your immune system.

Breathe through your nose as much as possible. Believe it or not, breathing through your nose actually helps filter out harmful bacteria and viruses. Typically, the more air you take in from your nose, the quicker you heal because you help stimulate the nasal mucus membranes.

Keep the mucus and congestion in your head runny. You want to prevent "stuffiness" at all costs. The runnier your nose, the better. It allows the virus to leave the body instead of lodging there and infecting other parts of your body. Saline drops in the nose help if you start getting too stuffy.

Use a neti pot to clear your nasal passages. This works like a nasal irrigation system. It forces saline water through one nostril, all the nasal passageways and back out the other nostril. Do this several times per day to clean out toxins and viral infections quickly.

Sleep right. Not only do you need the right amount of sleep (between 6 and 8 hours per night), but you also need to rest in the correct position. Elevate your head to allow congestion to drain out of your nose and throat. The longer it stays in your body, the more likely it is to infect your lungs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cold medicine may make you feel better, but it doesn't help you get over your illness quicker.
  • You may have a deviated septum or nasal polyps if your stuffiness won't go away.

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