A blocked nose can really impact a person’s quality of life. It can affect how they feel during the day and worse still, can mean sleepless nights.
Nasal congestion can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. Respiratory infections like colds, flu or sinusitis and allergies are the most common causes of nasal congestion. Other than a virus, a blocked or runny nose can be caused by airborne irritants or allergens that you may be breathing in. These include cigarette or bush smoke, chemical fumes, pollutants, pet dander, pollen, mould spores and house dust mite.
If you’re finding breathing through your nose very difficult then a preservative-free medicated nasal decongestant spray like Flo Rapid Relief can be used*.
Unlike non-medicated nasal sprays, medicated nasal decongestant sprays are only recommended for adults and children over 12 years of age. These should not be used for longer than 3 days, in order to avoid habituation. If your congestion persists after 3 days, it is important to talk to a health professional. There are other options for treatment, especially if you and your health professional can identify the cause of the nasal congestion.
Cleanse and wash after
Once your nose is clear and you can breathe through it, you can try a preservative-free, non-medicated, saline nasal spray like Flo Saline Plus or Flo Nasal Mist to wash away irritants, reduce nasal inflammation and relieve nasal symptoms.
The good news is that you can use this non-medicated preservative-free, nasal saline daily.
For children under 12 years old, try a non-medicated, preservative-free nasal saline like Flo Kids spray to help wash away inflammatory mediators and other irritants in the nose, relieve nasal symptoms and help make breathing easier.
Other helpful tips
- Applying a warm compress or having a warm shower
- Flushing out the nasal cavity and sinuses with an irrigation kit like Flo Sinus Care
- Using a vaporiser in the office and/ or bedroom with eucalyptus oil (providing such oils don’t cause you irritation!)
- Placing some extra pillows under your mattress or at the head of your bed may help.
- If the cause of nasal congestion is due to allergies, then regular and correct use of allergy medication is recommended. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you accordingly.
*Clinical reference: The nasal decongestant effect of xylometazoline in the common cold. Eccles R et al. American Journal of Rhinology (20018) Vol 22 pp491-496