Best Way to Get Relief from Stuffy Nose at Night Easily

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Stuffy nose or blocked nostrils happen because a vein in the nostril is swollen. Irritation that makes the vein swell may occur when the person has cold or flu or any kind of sinus infection. In some cases, allergies are the main culprit for stuffy nose at night. You might blow away at your nose but not find any mucus. Mucus formation may be present but is not necessaryBlocked nose at night can be worrisome. Keep warm and drink lots of water..[toc]

Here are simple yet effective methods that soothe the irritation in the nasal passage and helps you breathe comfortably again.

Nasal decongestants

Nasal decongestants give instant relief. However, they may not be suitable for prolonged use.  Sometimes, saline sprays give better relief. You can also try a combination spray that has decongestants and saline water. Most common decongestants sprays are Sinex and Afrin. Pills include Sudogest and Sudafed. Check with your physician if you show any signs that the ailment is becoming worse. Discontinue the decongestant medication both spray and pill after three days. Consult your doctor if you want to use it for more than three days.

Warm compress

Another way to improve blood flow in the region of the nose is through a warm compress. Squeeze a towel with warm water and lay it on your forehead and nose region. You can use the warm compress as often as you require it.

Increase humidity of your room

Water content in the air helps ease irritation. Warm air helps blood vessels expand so that blood flow is smoother. Water content reduces thickness of the mucus making it easy to manage.

Check for allergy

Your nasal irritation may be from an allergy. Change of seasons will bring pollen from the grass or trees. Try antihistamines if your stuffy nose at night coincides with the change of season.  Allergy medicines may cause drowsiness. So, you should not take them when you need to stay alert such as if you are driving or on duty. Combination medicines that have antihistamines and decongestants will help. New antihistamines like Allegra (fexofenadine) and Claritin (loratidine) do not work alleviate cold symptoms. Ceron, Allegra – D, Ryneze and Zymine are US brand decongestant/antihistamine combination pills. Canadian brands are Corsym, Ornade, Cold Relief and Snaplets – D. These will cure runny nose, hay fever, nasal congestion and sneezing.

Increase the water content in your body

Stay hydrated

Eat fruits, drink juices and water – these will help reduce mucus thickness abruptly.  When mucus thins out, the pressure on the vein reduces and subsequently the irritation comes down. Your nostril opens out again.

Have a hot water shower

If you have a blocked nose, increasing the temperature helps reduce suffering. Hot water shower does all the things the humidifier does and more. The hot water raises the temperature of the skin so that the blood vessels dilate increasing the flow of blood.

Action of decongestants

There are few treatments for stuffy noseBreathe better, breathe easy – a little care will go a long way.  Histamines are chemicals responsible for the allergic reactions like runny nose, watery eyes, itching and sneezing. The antihistamines work to prevent the formation of histamines in the body. Commonly these histamines contain pheniramine, azatadine, triprolidine, clemsatine, promethazine and phenyltoloxamine among others.

The action of decongestants such as pseudoephedrine is to cause a constriction of the blood vessels. This opens the passage for the air flow. One side effect of this is that the blood pressure will rise. So, it may not be suitable for people who have high blood pressure. Also, avoid giving these medications to very small children.

Medicine forms

Commonly available dosage forms for the medicines are as given below.

  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
  • Tablet
  • Solution
  • Capsule
  • 24-hour liquid capsule
  • Extended release tablet
  • Elixir
  • Extended release syrup

16 Responses

  1. I had a lot of trouble sleeping at night especially when it gets cold. My nose gets blocked and I keep tossing and turning right through the night. Then my husband took me to the clinic where they checked up my symptoms. My blocked nostril was due to my sensitivity to dust mites. Now I use mite resistant pillows and have no problems.

  2. Early last spring, my son Roger began to cough. I realized that this was serious and took him for a health checkup. They found out that he was allergic to tree pollen. Now, he takes medicines for his allergy.

  3. Richard

    I had this problem for a long time. My blocked nose keeps me down when the weather turns bad. I have consulted a specialist who has prescribed some antihistamines and they seem to be working. I hope things stay this good.

  4. Stephanie

    My brother has an eternal problem with stuffy nose. He keeps sniffing around all the time and it is so hilarious. Of course, I should not laugh but reading this article, I remembered once again how he struggle with his problem.

  5. Philly Mason

    I get stuffy nose whenever it gets chilly outside. I inhale eucalyptus oil in steam vapor. But then my stuffy nose is not the serious kind. It goes away easily.

  6. How is it that the nostril alone becomes sensitized?

  7. John McCormack

    Primarily, this occurs due to the allergic reaction that the person has to the external situation. This might happen when the season changes or there is pollution. Avoiding these triggers for the allergic reaction will help you avoid the ailment.

  8. Why does the vein swell?

  9. John McCormack

    This happens due to irritants. The irritation is triggered by dust, infections or allergic reactions.

  10. Does this affect everyone?

  11. John McCormack

    Yes, it can happen to anyone.

  12. DO vitamins help with stuffy nose?

  13. No. The best thing is to avoid dusty places and use a handkerchief. Consult your physician if the symptoms of cold persist.

  14. I often have blocked nose at night. Do I use warm compress? How is it going to help?

  15. John McCormack

    A warm compress will open the blood vessels and you will not have any constrictions. This will help you breathe better.

  16. Thank you.

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