IF YOU HAVE
NASAL CONGESTION (FEELING STUFFY),
IT COULD BE A SYMPTOM OF A COLD OR SINUS INFECTION
Feeling stuffy is never fun, so read on to find out what can cause nasal congestion and a few ways you can relieve your symptoms.
When you have nasal congestion, the tissues and blood vessels inside your sinuses (the air-filled spaces in the bones of your face) become inflamed and swollen—making these airways narrower, causing that blocked, stuffy feeling in your nose.
Sometimes special cells that line your nose and sinuses will also produce more mucus than normal, or mucus that is thicker than normal, which can worsen nasal congestion by blocking the already narrowed airway.
Nasal congestion is a common symptom of several conditions, but it is most commonly caused by viruses that give you a cold or the flu.
Nasal congestion caused by a cold or the flu is a natural immune response. Although there is no cure for nasal congestion, there are things you can do to help manage the symptoms, providing you with some relief whilst your body fights the infection.
Here are some things you can do to help relieve your nasal congestion:
Drink adequate ﬂuids—staying hydrated can thin and loosen any mucus
Rinse out your nose with a pharmaceutical-grade salt-water solution (saline irrigation) – ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before trying this
Breathe in steam using a vaporiser or inhaling over a bowl of hot water or during a hot shower or bath
If your symptoms persist or you continue to feel unwell, you should see your doctor.
LEMSIP products are specially designed to help relieve symptoms like nasal congestion. Talk to your pharmacist about which LEMSIP product is the best to help relieve your nasal congestion.
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