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How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose

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  • A stuffy nose may be caused by airborne viruses. When absorbed by the nose, the body releases the chemical histamine, which increases blood flow to the nose and causes swelling of the nasal tissue
  • Getting enough liquids in your system helps thin the mucus in your nasal passages, pushing it out and decreasing the pressure in your sinuses

Having a stuffy nose is never a good experience. Not only do you have difficulty breathing and doing your daily tasks, but it can also interfere with your sleep and may even come with other symptoms like headache. But what causes a stuffy nose in the first place, and what is the best way to get rid of it?

Contrary to what most people think, a stuffy nose does not mean that there's excessive mucus clogging the nasal passages. In reality, it occurs when the blood vessels in the sinuses become irritated and inflamed, causing the nasal tissues to swell. Excessive mucus production may manifest with it, though.

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