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Health Tip: If You Have Nasal Congestion

(HealthDay News) -- Nasal congestion, often called a stuffy nose, can be caused by a bacterial infection or virus, allergies or the common cold.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to help clear nasal congestion:

  • Take an over-the-counter decongestant or antihistamine.
  • Use a saline solution nasal spray.
  • Run a humidifier or vaporizer to increase humidity.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Sip on hot tea, broth or chicken soup.
  • Sit upright and keep your head slightly elevated, as congestion can worsen when you lie down.
  • Use nasal strips that help widen the nostrils and improve breathing.

-- Diana Kohnle

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