Congested Nose: Causes and Natural Remedies
Causes of congested nose
Stuffy nose (also known as "nasal congestion") occurs only in conditions of low body-oxygen levels (less than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test). Low cell-oxygen levels are caused by chronic overbreathing, upper chest breathing (which drastically reduces blood oxygenation), and habitual mouth breathing.
While main superficial causes of congested nose include bacterial and viral infections, low body-oxygen content, on a cell level, is always the key factor. When nasal congestion is caused by infections, the person will notice that his or her mucus is yellow or green. This indicates presence of dead bacteria or viruses in mucosal discharges.
Stuffy nose can also be caused by allergies or allergic reactions to some airborne substances (e.g., as in the case of hay fever). However, even in this case, the hypersensitive state of the immune system is caused by chronic overbreathing. As you can see in the right diagram, the cause is the same, but the mucus is going to be clear.
Another possible cause of large production of clear mucus is dairy products. Such allergic reactions occur due to either casein (the main protein in milk) or lactose (milk sugar).
Natural remedies for stuffy nose due to allergies
If your congested nose is caused by allergic reactions, you need to avoid them. For example, you can test your reaction to dairy products by eliminating all dairy products from your diet for 3 days.
If you are allergic to tree pollen or cat or dog proteins, these airborne triggers are to be avoided. Once you achieve more than 30 seconds for the body-oxygen test, most of these substances (dust, dust mites, tree pollen, cat proteins, dog proteins, and so forth) will not produce an auto-immune response due to normalization of the immune system.
Natural remedies for congested nose due to infections
Most people with stuffy nose can get a relief in 1 minute if they slow down their heavy breathing and increase body oxygenation using a simple breathing exercise. This very easy respiratory exercise to clear a stuffy nose was invented and used by more than 170 Soviet and Russian MDs. They taught this most natural remedy to 1,000's of their patients with asthma, chronic mouth breathing, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever, and many other conditions. This natural treatment and remedy also works for pregnant women and children. The exercise can be applied during sleep (at night) as well: How to get rid of a congested nose" in about 1 minute.
Video: Stuffy Nose Remedy.
If you slow down your basal breathing patterns (get closer to the medical norm for breathing at rest) and achieve more than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test, your frequent upper respiratory infections will also disappear. Hay fever eradication usually requires over 30 seconds for the body-oxygen test and avoidance of all triggers for gradual desensitization of the immune system for about 2-3 months.
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.
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