Are you tired of living with nasal congestion? It might seem like an unavoidable part of the colder season, but it doesn’t have to be.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care North Carolina wants you to know how to treat your nasal congestion, as well as steps you can take to avoid nasal congestion in the first place.

What Causes Nasal Congestion at Night?

If you feel as though your nasal congestion is worse at night, there is a reason. When you lay down to sleep, you become more congested. In addition, allergies tend to be worse at night, which is why you might feel your symptoms are at their worst.

Fortunately, you can find relief by positioning yourself upright when sleeping so that your nasal passages do not become too congested.

Treatment for Nasal Congestion

  • Use a humidifier.
  • Try a vaporizer.
  • Take a long shower to breathe in steam from warm water.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Try a Neti pot or other type of nasal irrigator.
  • Use nasal saline spray.
  • Place a warm, wet washcloth on your face.

When Is Nasal Congestion a Sign of a Sinus Infection?

Nasal congestion can be a sign of a number of different medical conditions, including a sinus infection.

If your nasal infection is due to a sinus infection, not only will you experience nasal congestion, but you will also have difficulty breathing, as well as have pain and swelling around your eyes, cheeks and nose.

Ways to Avoid a Sinus Infection

  • Wash your hands on a regular basis.
  • Use saline sprays to keep the nose moist.
  • Manage your allergy symptoms.
  • Avoid nasal irritants, such as smoke and/or pollution.
  • Boost a strong immune system to prevent viral infections.

Our mission at AFC Urgent Care North Carolina is to provide affordable, high-quality health care to those across the state of North Carolina!