Coming down with a cold is never fun, especially when the sinus blockage fogs up your brain and your day. Here are some tips on how to clear out that congestion.
Steam it out
If you have a case of the sniffles, steam can actually help clear out your sinuses. By dampening dried mucus, steam can break up congestion and make it easier for you to move it out of your system.
Whether you take a long, warm shower or just breathe in the air coming off of your hot tea or soup, it is sure to help you kick that cold.
A saline rinse can also help clear out irritants — like dust, pollution, and fragrances — that might be plaguing your sinuses. Rinses can come in many forms, like over-the-counter nasal sprays or via a neti pot.
Using a saline rinse for the first time can be an odd experience — especially those that are designed to pour the salt water through your sinuses. Try out different options to see what’s right for you.
Spray away sniffles
If saline sprays are not enough to clear your sinuses, you might want to think about getting an over-the-counter steroid nasal spray. Steroid sprays can help reduce local inflammation, which reduces your congestion.
While sprays are helpful at first, they are only supposed to be used for a few days and, if used for longer, they might worsen congestion.