A blocked nose is a common symptom associated with viral infections such as the common cold or the flu. They occur as a result of our mucous membranes becoming inflamed and they can be eased using a variety of home and herbal remedies. Here at A.Vogel Talks Blocked Nose our immune system expert Dr. Jen Tan explores the causes and symptoms of blocked noses, and provides an array of natural solutions to alleviate nasal congestion. There's also a Q&A service where you can get answers to all your questions.
An important function of the nose is to purify inhaled air. The nasal passageways are lined with tissue known as a mucous membrane - this produces a slimy secretion (mucus) with the purpose of keeping the nasal passages moist.
Fine vibrating hairs called cilia are present whose function is to trap dirt particles entering the nose. They clean around 10,000 litres of inhaled air a day and minimise the amount of inhaled bacteria. This is why it’s important to breathe through your nose as much as possible.
There’s no mistaking that bunged up feeling that so often accompanies a cold, when your head feels as if it is ready to burst. The nasal passages are lined with mucous membranes that produce a slimy secretion (mucous) to keep the passageways moist and to help stop bugs and dirt from entering the nose.
If you are suffering from a cold and your nose is running constantly, the mucous membranes will become swollen and inflamed leading to a blocked nose or nasal congestion. When inflammation occurs, mucous secretion becomes viscous and production is increased, causing blockage.
A blocked nose or nasal congestion is when you wake up with catarrh dripping down the back of your throat, you find it difficult to breathe quietly, you are unable to exercise without struggling for breath and you feel as if you are always clearing your throat.
Treatment is usually in the form of nasal decongestant sprays that are sprayed directly into the nostrils. Sinuforce Nasal Spray is a herbal remedy with menthol which can be used for the rapid relief of a blocked or congested nose. It reduces swelling of the nasal mucous membrane, without affecting its natural protective function.
Most colds cause a stuffy or ‘bunged up’ nose which clears quite quickly. However, if the sinuses do become inflamed, other symptoms can develop such as a throbbing pain and pressure in the face, which is made worse by bending forwards.This is known as sinusitis, a common condition affecting 30% of the population at some time.
Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against colds and flu by supporting the immune system – but not all Echinacea is the same! Research shows that the fresher the herb, the more effective the remedy will be, which is why our Echinaforce cold and flu remedies are made using freshly harvested Echinacea.
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Pregnancy can make you more susceptible to a blocked nose. Hormonal changes can cause the delicate tissues of your nose to become inflamed, restricting the flow of air and causing you to experience a blocked nose.