Causes and Treatments of a Blocked Nose

Few people seem to be able to get a cold and not experience nasal congestion – or a 'stuffy', 'bunged up' or 'blocked' nose. This is because the membrane lining of the nose can become inflamed and irritated. This in turn causes a build up of excess mucus which can block the now already narrowed airway and make it feel difficult to breathe.

Treating a blocked nose

To effectively help clear a blocked nose, look for a cold and flu remedy that specifically includes an oral decongestant ingredient, such as Phenylephrine Hydrochloride. Lots of remedies in the Lemsip range contain phenylephrine hydrochloride (like Lemsip Cold & Flu Lemon). Talk to your pharmacist about which product would best suit your other symptoms too.

Top tips

If you are suffering from a blocked nose, prop yourself up in bed with pillows to help ease your breathing at night, try having a steaming shower or bath before bed and pop a couple of drops of decongestant oil on a tissue nearby.

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