• Question: suggest treatment for nosal congestion?

    Asked by da celeb to Sammy, Marta, Mark, Derrick, Caroline on 11 Jul 2017.
    • Photo: Marta Maia

      Marta Maia answered on 11 Jul 2017:

      Nasal congestion or “stuffy nose” occurs when nasal and adjacent tissues and blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid. Nasal congestion may or may not be accompanied by a runny nose. Nasal congestion can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. Infections — such as colds, flu or sinusitis — allergies and various irritants, such as tobacco smoke, may all cause a runny nose.

      There are a few things you can do to relieve nasal congestion . Drink plenty of water because fluid helps thin nasal secretions. Try nasal saline sprays or rinses. If the runny nose is a persistent, watery discharge, particularly if accompanied by sneezing and itchy or watery eyes, your symptoms may be allergy-related, and an over-the-counter antihistamine may help. Be sure to follow the label instructions exactly. See your doctor if symptoms persist.

    • Photo: Caroline Ogwang

      Caroline Ogwang answered on 12 Jul 2017:

      Hi da celeb,
      Nasal congestion can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames(causes swelling) of the tissues of the nose.
      These include:
      • Infections — such as colds, flu or sinusitis
      • Allergies and irritants- such as tobacco smoke

      It is important to be reviewed by a health practitioner to identify the cause and treat appropriately, more so if you have the symptom frequently.

    • Photo: Sammy Wambua

      Sammy Wambua answered on 13 Jul 2017:

      Hi da celeb,

      Ideally one should be seen by a physician for proper management. But since you need to breathe before being seen, some home remedies may help. I list a few here which are intended to keep the nasal passages moist as a key strategy:
      +Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
      +Take long showers or breathe in steam from a pot of warm water.
      +Drink lots of fluids.
      +Use a nasal saline spray.
      +Sit a warm, wet towel on your face.
      +Prop yourself up. At night, lie on a couple of pillows. Keeping your head elevated may make breathing more comfortable.