Congestion & Runny Nose
Congestion is caused by swollen mucous membrane surfaces and excessive secretion of mucous.
Water is Essential
Drink plenty of water (8-10 glasses per day). It will help break up the mucous and moisten the mucous membranes.
Vaporizers and Humidifiers
Vaporizers and humidifiers will increase environmental humidity. Humidifying room air, especially in the winter, will help relieve congestion. Steam from a hot shower can also open congested air passages and relieve a raw, dry, sore throat. Hot, moist compresses may help relieve sinus congestion.
Decongestants may help relieve sinus congestion. They may, however, interfere with sleep. People with high blood pressure should not take decongestants without first consulting their personal care provider.
Antihistamines have a drying effect on drippy mucous membranes. Antihistamines are mostly for allergies. Drowsiness is a common side effect. People working with machines or driving should not take antihistamines.
Combination Antihistamine / Decongestant
This combination can reduce the congestion of a stuffy head and can dry up a runny nose. These medications have both the side effects of decongestants and antihistamines. People with high blood pressure should not take these medications without first consulting their personal care provider.
Menthol products, lozenges or ointments can help relieve congestion.