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Home Remedies For Stuffy Nose – From Instant Relief to Long-Term Improvements.

Home Remedies For Stuffy Nose – From Instant Relief to Long-Term Improvements.

A stuffy nose is not a joke. Your speech becomes slurry, you sound funny while taking, your nose begins to drip mucus (not every time, though) and just when you blow your nose to get a moment of sweet relief, your nose gets filled up in no time, leaving you frustrated and slow again. It makes your head feel really heavy and reduces your capacity to perform any of the tasks you should be performing on a normal day. It sure doesn’t help if your job involves a lot of paperwork in a little time frame.

Stuffy nose, also known as blocked nose or nasal congestion (more officially) is a respiratory disorder. It is also a condition that occurs more often than any other. There is a common misconception among most people that nasal congestion is as a result of the accumulation of mucus in the nose. This is not true. It actually occurs when the blood vessels in the nose become inflamed, leading to the swelling of the tissues lining the nose. It could also be caused by any of the following;

  • Infections: The common cold and the flu are conditions that are caused by virus infections. These viruses are passed through the air and in turn, they cause the nasal tissues to inflate. Sinus infection could also cause nasal congestion. A common symptom of a virus infection is the green or yellow coloration of the mucous, which is discharged from the nose.
  • Allergic Reactions: As a response to substances called allergens(for example, pollen, grains, smoke, etc.), your nasal tissues could swell. These allergens release a chemical known as histamine. This histamine could cause the watery (and sometimes, uncontrollable) release of mucous from the nose.
  • Figurative Anomalies: Some structural abnormalities such as a deviated septum (the pigment which divides the right nostril from the left), bent nose, etc. could also cause regular nasal congestion. These deformities could be results of a number of things; childhood injuries, accidents during birth, etc. Another structural anomaly is polyps, which is a tumor in the nose as a result of a viral infection in the sinuses.

Like I said earlier, nasal congestion can really be frustrating. However, there are quick remedies to it. Below are a couple of these remedies that have been tested over time and are safe, quick and efficient:

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Take A Hot Shower and Coffee

If you ever find yourself with a congested nose, Make cofee with best coffee grinder and had a hot shower definitely will help. There’s a science to this: The steam from a hot shower helps reduce the thickness of the mucous in the nose and reduce inflammation. All you need for this immediate relief strategy is to draw yourself a hot bath and you should begin to feel relief immediately. The downside to this method is that it’s a temporary solution. You sure can’t stay in the shower all day and almost immediately you leave the shower, your nose begins to get clogged up again due to the increase in temperature.

Use A Warm Compress

Another immediate solution is to press warm water over some strategic positions on your head. This process helps open up your nasal pathways externally. Simply put some water (as hot as your skin can handle) into a bowl, put a cloth inside it and put the cloth over the bridge of your nose, but male sure they don’t block your nasal pathways. Take a few deep breaths and your nose should start to clear up. You should be cautious of the temperature of the water so as not to cause any burns or bruises on your face or forehead. Repeat this process if you feel the cloth is getting too cold. You might have to repeat this process a few times before you feel 100% relieved. You should relax while this process takes place and try as much as possible not to do anything too physically straining.

For those who prefer prevention to cure, here are also a few habits that could reduce the likelihood of nasal congestion:

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Use Garlic

Garlic contains an anti-bacterial called allicin, which counteracts the effects of any viral infections that may cause nasal congestion. It also has Vitamin C, sulfur and other chemicals that help boost the immune system and fight against the bacteria that inflames the nose. However, to effectively use garlic as an anti-bacterial, the garlic must be eaten raw, so as to allow the allicin to work in its raw state. There isn’t a stereotyped dosage for garlic, but it is advised that you take between 3-5 garlic cloves a day for no less than 10 days (they smell weird, I know, but such is the price you have to pay for a free-flowing nasal pathway). Just peel off the skin of the garlic and continue eating it completely. Continue this process regularly to completely free up your sinuses.
Warning: Don’t try this on an empty stomach.

If you feel that the raw taste of the garlic is too irritating, you could use it as a part of your regular diet. Put it in your soups, pizzas, anything. Just make sure that you consume it regularly.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

The intake of fluids will increase the moisture in your body, which will, in turn, soothe any irritation in your nose. The fluids will also ease the passage of mucous, making it easier to flow out of your nose, reducing the pressure of your sinuses. The lesser the pressure, the lesser the inflammation you feel. The fluids aren’t restricted to water; other drinks such as sports drinks, soups, broths, juice, etc. will work just as well.

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Change Your Sleeping Arrangement

There are some steps you can take to ensure that you still sleep well, even with a clogged nose

  • Make sure your room is cool. This helps you sleep faster. Make it not too cool, though. Your congested nose should still be given consideration
  • Use as many pillows as you can, or sleep in an elevated recliner. Raising your head will prevent the mucous in your head to slip further backward.

Use Herbs To Improve Your Immune System

For a cold nose, Vitamin C and other herbs will definitely be of help. They help your body develop immunities and fight bacteria and viruses that cause nasal inflammation. Although these herbs might not eradicate a blocked nose completely, they can definitely speed up the healing process. Combining herbs and vitamins with other corrective measures should to the trick perfectly.

If eventually, you fall victim of nasal congestion, there a few homemade solutions that you can try. The advantage of these methods is the fact that you don’t have to wait for doctors’ orders. These methods are also very cost-effective:

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Use A Humidifier

A humidifier increases the humidity of any room it is put in. Using this machine will moisturize the air in your room. Inhaling the altered air will reduce the inflammation in the blood vessels and reduce the clogging in your nostrils. The mucus in your nostrils will reduce in thickness, causing the fluids in your nose to flow easily.

Use A Saline Spray

Saline sprays consist simply of salt-water solutions. This method works under the same principle as normal hydration. The spraying of this solution using a bulb syringe increases the moisture in your nostrils. The more the moisture, the easier it is for the nose to expel the mucous. These days, most saline sprays are accompanied by decongestant medications. For these sprays, it is better to get a qualified doctor’s prescriptions. They can have dangerous side effects if used indiscriminately or if used alongside the wrong medications.

Try A Neti Pot

The neti pot is used to flush out the impurities and mucous from your nose. However, it is not advisable to try this process by yourself or if you have the flu (or any other virus-induced nasal congestion). All you need to do is dissolve salt into water and pour the saline solution into a neti pot. Tilt the spout of the pot into your nostril until the water enters your nasal passages. The saline solution will moisturize your nostril and reduce the congestion in your nostrils. Repeat this step a few more times and then change the nostril where the water flows in. For this process to be successful, however, you must make sure that the water flows out of your other nostril.

Take Allergy Pills

If your congested nose is a consequence of an allergic reaction to some substance or the other, you could use the allergy pills (for example, antihistamine). Adding your allergy medicine to a decongestant will further reduce the pressure in your nostrils. Note that these pills should be taken according to your doctor’s prescriptions. Taking them wrongly could greatly exacerbate your condition. You should also know that antihistamine will make you drowsy. Make sure that a short nap follows the intake of such a drug and don’t exert yourself physically.

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The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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