In Part 1, I gave you some ideas for preventing and stopping colds. But in this article, I want to focus on if you have a blocked or stuffy nose.
This is found in a variety of comercial cold remedies. A water based nasal spray tested on children has been show to improve the symptoms of comon cold and reduce the number of disease-causing bugs in the airways.
If I get a blocked nose, I inhale steam to assit me to blow my nose clear.
This technique is where you use a container called a neti pot or nasal cup filled with a salt water solution to flush ou the nasal passages. This can be used to both treat and prevent colds. There is evidence that it can help clear a blocked nose, soothe a sore throat and even reduce the chanes of getting sick again. If using a neti pot doesn't apeal you can buy saline nasal sprays.
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