10 Tips to Relieve Your Runny Nose or Nasal Congestion

How to Stop a Runny Nose

As you have probably guessed after reading the causes above, a runny nose is a sign that your body is fighting off infection, and most people don’t enjoy the constant drip. Thus, here are four natural ways to stop a runny nose:

   Drink plenty of fluids: As germs move through your body, they start to attack your mucus membranes. In trying to get rid of the infection, water helps your mucus membranes to wash the germs away, and the fastest you do this, the better.

Try to drink at least three cups of fluid every day. Adding extra fluid to your diet will help thin your mucus and make it easier for your body to get rid of the infection.

   Steam: Steaming is a natural way to open up your nasal passages. In a small pan, boil some water and then place your face over the steam. Inhale the steam a few times. Steaming helps thin your mucus, making it less sticky and easier to breathe.

This is an excellent solution if your environment is very dry or you have dry mucosa. Just be careful of burns, which can happen if you place your face directly and very close to the source of the steam.

   Use a saline spray: Saline sprays are more effective than regular saline solutions or drops. Spraying saline can clear out your mucus, making it easier to breathe. You can buy saline sprays at most pharmacies. It is also an excellent solution if you live in a dry environment.

   Use a humidifier: A humidifier is another great way to open up your nasal passages. The moisture helps your sinuses open up and makes breathing easier. You can pick up a humidifier at any hardware store.

Written by Martin Davis