Nasal Congestion: Cause and Total Relief Treatment
Cause of nasal congestion
Nasal congestion (also known as a "stuffy nose") occurs only in people who have low body-oxygen levels (less than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test). Tissue hypoxia is caused by chronic hyperventilation, upper chest breathing, and habitual mouth breathing.
While main superficial causes of nasal congestion include bacterial and viral infections, low body-oxygen content, on a cell level, is the key factor that suppresses the immune system and creates conditions for bacterial infections and/or allergic reactions.
Stuffy nose can also be caused by allergies to some airborne substances (e.g., as in case of hay fever). However, even in this case, the hypersensitive state of the immune system is caused by chronic overbreathing. As a result, the cause of nasal congestion is the same, as you can see on the right diagram.
Natural nasal congestion relief
Over 90% of people with nasal congestion can get a relief in less than 2 minutes if they slow down their heavy breathing using a simple breathing exercise. This easy respiratory exercise to clear a stuffy nose was invented by Soviet MDs practicing the Buteyko method. More than 180 MDs taught this most natural remedy to thousands of their patients with asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic mouth breathing, rhinitis, and many other conditions. This treatment and remedy also works for children, pregnant women, and those with symptoms of fatigue. The exercise can be applied before night-time sleep as well. Here is the link for the breathing exercise " How to get rid of a stuffy nose" in less than 2 minutes.
If you slow down your automatic breathing (or get it closer to the medical norm) and achieve more than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test, your frequent respiratory infections will disappear. Hay fever eradication requires over 30 s for the body-oxygen test and avoidance of triggers for desensitization of the immune system.
Bartley James, Nasal congestion and hyperventilation syndrome, American Journal of Rhinology, 2005 Nov-Dec; vol 19(6): p. 607-11.
Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand.
BACKGROUND: This article evaluates the prevalence of hyperventilation syndrome (HVS) in patients who continue to complain of ongoing nasal congestion, despite an apparently adequate surgical result and appropriate medical management.
METHODS: Prospective case series of 14 patients from June 2002 to October 2003 was performed. Patients, who presented complaining of nasal congestion after previous nasal surgery and who appeared to have an adequate nasal airway with no evidence of nasal valve collapse, were evaluated for HVS. When appropriate, nasal steroids and oral antihistamines also had been tested without success. Three patients had end-tidal P(CO2) levels measured and five patients underwent breathing reeducation.
RESULTS: All patients had an elevated respiratory rate (>18 breaths/minute) with an upper thoracic breathing pattern. Twelve of the 14 patients complaining of nasal obstruction had an elevated Nijmegen score indicative of HVS. An average number of 2.5 procedures had been performed on each patient. End-tidal P(CO2) levels were < or = 35 mmHg in the three patients who had expired P(CO2) levels measured. Breathing retraining was successful in correcting the nasal congestion in two of five patients.
CONCLUSION: HVS should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with nasal congestion, particularly after failed nasal surgery. One possible explanation is increased nasal resistance secondary to low arterial P(CO2) levels. Another possible explanation is reduced alae nasae muscle activity secondary to the reduced activity of serotonin-containing raphe neurons. Additional surgery may not necessarily be the answer in HVS patients complaining of nasal congestion.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
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