why is my nose blocked at night

CorbisFrom a stuffy head to that whistling in your nostrils, breathing's no breeze this time of year. "When your nose is exposed to cold, it runs," period, explains Michael Benninger, MD, chair of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. That's because our nasal passages are designed to warm and humidify air before it gets to the lungs. In colder temperatures, the nose overcompensates by producing extra mucus. It can thicken when exposed to the dry air outside and irritate your throat or your sinuses, those hollow cavities behind your nose and forehead. Take a deep breath (if you can): Relief is right in front of you. Step 1: Clear your head Get steamy. Nose and sinuses stuffed up? Step into a quick, hot showerВthe steam can loosen up congestion. Rinse out your schnoz. Dry air can irritate the membranes and blood vessels inside your nose, resulting in gross and sometimes bloody (but normal) little crusties. Keep conditions moist by using a drugstore saline spray every day, or rubbing a dab of unscented, alcohol-free body lotion inside your nostrils, Dr. Benninger suggests. (Avoid petroleum-based products, which can cause nasal tissue to swell over time. )
To better flush out that dry mucus, upgrade to a neti pot.


Fill it only with distilled water to avoid potentially dangerous bacteria, and steer clear if you're completely congestedВotherwise, water can get trapped in your sinuses and cause infection. Sleep smarter. First, Dr. Benninger says, lie on your back. Then pull your head forward as if you were going to smell the air. Place a pillow under your head and neck, so your neck stays angled at about 15 degrees. This will keep your nose elevated above your heart; gravity can decongest it naturally. Step 2: Transform your indoor air Beat bugs. It may not seem like prime allergy season, but "some of the most common allergens, like pet dander and dust mites, are generally found indoors," notes Travis Stork, MD, a host on The Doctors and an ER doctor in Los Angeles. If you're getting watery eyes and an itchy nose, use an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Leave a window cracked open during the day to circulate air and dilute allergens. Wash bedding on the hot cycle once a week, and encase your box springs, mattresses, and pillows in covers designed to protect against dust mites.


Hydrate at night. Every time you exhale, moisture escapes your nose and throat, says Gene Alford, MD, an ear, nose, and throat specialist at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. We can make up for that by drinking water while we're awake, but not so much when we're asleep. This means we often wake with a painfully dry nose and mouth, especially in winter. Your best defense? A cool-mist humidifier. (Why not a warm-mist unit? They can be drying over time and lead to nasal swelling, especially when used all season long. ) Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning to keep it germ-free. Change your air filters. If you heat your house with forced air, particles like dust, pollen, and dander can collect on the filter, so switch yours out every six months. Dr. Benninger also suggests having your air ducts professionally cleaned every two to three years, especially if you're allergy-prone. Step 3: Drink up Guzzle H2O. Water will keep your nose and lungs lubricated. Tea works, too. The heat dilates the blood vessels in your nasal passages, then constricts them, temporarily decongesting you.


Skip hot toddies, though (sorry! ): Booze is dehydrating. Just add ginger. It's an age-old remedy that really works: Columbia University researchers have found that compounds in the plant relax constricted airways, relieving congestion. Add it to soups and stir-fries, or sip ginger tea. Blocked Nose at Night by: Mozzie Hello there, i have a had what doctors think is Tonsillitis for 3 months now and since a month i get blocked nose. when i am standing or walking it is all good but when i sit, lay down (either side) or sleep it just gets full and blocked, sometimes one nostril gets blocked and the other one half blocked and sometimes one nostril gets blocked and the other one really dry. i sneeze when i wake up in the morning and frequently through the day. i get no sleep at night and this is really frustrating me. i have been to 6 different doctors not just for the blocked nose but also the tonsillitis. regarding tonsillitis, i get swollen up tonsils (gets really bad in the morning) itchy ears, itchy and watery eyes. in the morning when i empty my nose. the stuff is full of blood. its like thick blood. the doctors say that i am allergic to pollen, some say it heals by time, one gave me a course of antibiotics, one recommended me use claratyne and for stuffy nose use vicks inhaler and so far nothing has worked for me. any suggestion is appreciated. thanks Matthew's reply: Mozzie, my best suggestion is to see a professional practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine.


Chinese herbal medicine is typically very good for allergies, blocked sinuses, etc. The fact that 6 Western medicine doctors have offered no real solution gives you the green light to try a complimentary therapy like Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine will deal with not only your symptoms but also the underlying organ imbalances that are the root of the problem. If you are not sure where to find a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner try www. acufinder. com or search online, e. g. "Chinese herbal medicine + your town". Any questions about taking Chinese herbal medicine for allergies, tonsillitis, etc, just post them. All the best,

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