How to Treat Nasal Congestion--Break up Mucus Congestion


There are quick remedies to treat nasal congestion or mucus buildup. This condition is typical with colds, the flu and sinus problems. Signs of congestion include difficulty breathing, and if congestion develops in the chest, coughing may occur. Although bothersome, quick relief is available. Several products are available to help ease nasal congestion and break up mucus. Additionally, there are ways to treat congestion without medication.

How to Treat Nasal Congestion--Break up Mucus Congestion
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Things You'll Need

  • Humidifier
  • Spicy food
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Decongestants
Step 1

Stop congestion with a cool mist humidifier. Dry air worsens nasal congestion. Promote moisture and break up congestion in the air with a humidifier

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Step 2

Relax in a hot shower. Enjoy a long, hot shower and let the steam penetrate your nasal cavity to break up and treat nasal congestion.

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Step 3

Lay a warm towel over your face. To ease congestion soak a towel or wash cloth in warm water and place the damp cloth over your face until it reaches room temperature.

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Step 4

Add a little spice. Prepare meals with chili peppers, cajun seasonings or hot sauce to open your nasal cavity and get rid of nasal congestion.

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Step 5

Flush out irritants. Purchase a saline salt rinse from the pharmacy and use as directed to reduce inflammation in your nasal passage and treat congestion.

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Step 6

Fight nasal congestion with a decongestant. Take OTC cold, allergy and sinus medications that include a decongestant to open your nasal passage and restore breathing.

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