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Congestion Facts

Common cold, viral infections, allergic reactions,respiratory infections or sinusitis can affect our nasal passages and cause congestion.These conditions might cause inflammation of the blood vessels, swelling of thenasal lining and then congestion and blocked nose. To help us dealing with thismostly just unpleasant symptom there are medications known as nasaldecongestants. However, congestion might also be the life threatening condition.

Children are more prone to congestion than adults, butpeople with immune system impairments might also develop congestion frequently.The most common symptoms are: runny nose, nasal mucus, increased pressure and pain.Less likely, you might develop an eustachian tube block, which could be felt asthe blockage in the ear or as the accumulation of liquids behind the eardrum. Asyou already know, whenever you can’t breathe through your nose because of thecongestion, you start breathing on the mouth.


These days, there are so many choices to choose from, whenit comes to the treatment of nasal congestion. There are drugs containing anti-histamines,decongestants, cough relieve, expectorans and many more. Using nasaldecongestants will improve your current symptoms, ease your breathing and alsoprevent the future problems with congestion. You should just choose one of thedecongestants and start using it.

The advice how to find the nasal decongestant suitable foryou is easy – use the one that makes you breathe easier through the nose andthat stops your runny nose. If there is a pain or pressure in the head,forehead or sinuses, nasal decongestant should address that as well and relievethese symptoms.

Nasal decongestants can be found in the form of the spray,nasal drops or as tablets.

There are different nasal decongestants available such as:Dristan, Neo-Synephrine, Sudafed or Afrin. They are said to ease the congestionproblems caused by the respiratory problems, common cold or allergies. All theseproducts should work almost immediately, decreasing the flow of blood to thelining of the nose and leading to breathing without difficulties.

Actually all decongestant sprays should work in a matter ofminutes and their effect usually lasts for several hours. Doctors recommend usingthe sprays twice or three times a day, for 3 to 5 days at most. If you continueusing the spray after that time, you could develop congestion once again.

Decongestants Side Effects

Adverse effects of these drugs are rare and mild. Patients mightexperience drowsiness, lightheadedness, or increased blood pressure after usingnasal decongestants.

People with diagnosed heart conditions or pregnant womenshould always consult their doctor before starting to take these medications.

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