I’m so tired of feeling congested and, well, tired. All. The. Time. For the last few weeks I’ve been having some serious nasal congestion due to allergies. The funny part is that when we were discussing moving to CA from VA I thought “goodbye allergies!” cause, you know, we’d be by the beach and all. Ha! I’m not quite sure where I got that from but at the time it made total sense to me. However, what I’ve quickly come to realize is that is not the case. At all. There’s pretty much allergens everywhere and there’s nothing I can do to escape them. #science.
It also says something about me when I own all of these:
But the most frustrating part about all of this is that none of these OTC medicines seem to work. I’ve barely had any sleep because I’ve been a mouth-breather for the last few nights and wake up with the driest mouth ever…even to the point where I wake myself up because I’m choking on air. Ridiculous. So I decided to take to the web to try and find home remedies that may help relieve some of this congestion and sinus pressure.
First, before attacking the problem you need to know what you’re up against and why it’s happening to you. Here’s a little science lesson on what causes nasal congestion according to WebMD:
What’s actually causing that stuffed up feeling? When you’ve got a cold or allergies, the membranes lining your nasal passages become inflamed and irritated. They begin to produce excess mucus as a way of flushing out whatever is causing the irritation, such as an allergen.
When you’re stuffed up, you need to focus on keeping your nasal passages and sinuses moist. Although people sometimes think that dry air might help clear up a relentlessly runny nose, it actually has the opposite effect. Drying out the membranes will irritate them further.
Here’s my list of home remedies that I’ve found to help:
Take a hot shower.
The warm steam from a hot shower relieves the swelling of the sinuses. However, this is only a temporary solution.
Get a humidifier with a mist.
Putting moisture back into the air will help bring nasal congestion down. This is due large in part to keeping your nose nice and moist. Also, it is recommended to opt for the mist versus steam since you can easily burn yourself if the steam is too hot (this is especially important for children).
A pretty simple method. It’s important to keep yourself hydrated so that your body can naturally produce mucus, which will help pass the allergens that are making you congested in the first place.
Wash your sinuses.
A Neti Pot or other saline solutions are a good remedy for clearing up your sinuses. It’s easy to use and incorporates a salt-water mixture to clear the mucus blocking your sinuses. Just be careful not to use hot water because you WILL burn yourself.
Know when to go to the doctor.
Most home remedies or even over-the-counter medicines can clear up your sinuses. But if you’re experiencing these problems for over 10 days it’s maybe time to see a doctor.
I just hope that I’m just experiencing simple allergies and that this congestion will clear up soon. I hate that it makes me feel so lethargic and unproductive. But, with that said, it’s time to make some tea, curl up, and watch some Real Housewives!
What are home remedies that you’ve tried that works??? I’ll do anything!