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. Talk to your pharmacist about which product would best suit your other symptoms too.
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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