Nip the Nose-Block in the Bud

Matt SomersStarred Page By Matt Somers, 25th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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With the onset of winter, the all-too-common blocked nose comes back with a vengeance. Here are some handy tips on identifying and dealing with the congestion.

Nip the Nose-Block in the Bud

When winter digs in its icy claws, it’s not surprising to see many of us suffer due to a cold or the flu. One of the most frustrating symptoms of a cold is the stuffy nose, as it can cause difficulty breathing, general discomfort, and can result in some embarrassingly strange sounds coming, unintentionally, from the middle of your face.

Here are some of the more common cause of nasal congestion, and advice on how to deal with and also prevent them from happening.

The Common Cold

If you are suffering from the perennial common cold, then you are likely not dealing with just a blocked nose. You’ll know it’s a common cold if your nose is simultaneously blocked and running, paired with sneezing and a sore head and/or throat.

To beat the common cold, make sure you ward off the cold weather: scarves, beanies, gloves and warm jerseys are the order of the day. It’s also a good idea to wash your hands before and after every meal, as the disease is commonly transmitted through hand contact with those who are already sick.

Acute Sinusitis

This is identified by the sort of headache that feels like pressure building up behind the eyes. You may also experience post-nasal drip and a sore throat. Mostly caused due to bacterial infection in the nasal cavity, sinusitis can also be brought on by pollution as well as allergies.

As with the common cold, the best way to deal with sinusitis is to avoid infection by keeping warm and regularly washing your hands, as well as ensuring that you properly manage your allergies. If you suffer from sinusitis, one of the best ways of dealing with the congestion is to drink plenty of fluid to thin the mucus, as well as using a nasal spray to clear the nasal passages.

Hay Fever

One of the most predictable causes of a blocked nose – along with a host of other nasty reactions – is hay fever. Brought on mostly by allergic reaction to the pollen that is released towards the end of winter, our bodies produce too much histamine, which brings on the effects of hay fever: red/itchy eyes, sneezing, and the dreaded blocked and/or running nose.

Avoid hay fever by knowing when to expect it (usually at the onset of spring) and stock up on antihistamines. Just make sure to consult your doctor about which anti-histamines to go for beforehand, as not only may the cost of them fall under your provider’s medical aid scheme, but more importantly, the antihistamine could be unhealthy to combine with other medication you may be taking.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jun 2012 (#)

Good information on a few ways of handling a blocked nose. Congrats on the star page. Thank you for sharing.:)

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27th Aug 2012 (#)

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