How to Clear a Blocked Nose Without Nasal Drops and Sprays

Do you know that feeling - blocked nose that makes breathing difficult and complicates everyday activities? As a result, you seek ways to solve this problem, preferably without using nasal drops. This article will introduce you to several proven methods for clearing a blocked nose without the need for medication.



Natural Ways to Clear Airways

Firstly, focus on these simple and natural ways to clear your airways:

  1. Breathe deeply through your nose, then hold your breath and tighten your facial muscles as if you were trying to blow without opening your mouth or nose. This creates some pressure in the sinuses, which may help clear a blocked nose.
  2. Drink plenty of warm beverages, such as tea or ginger tea, which can help reduce inflammation and loosen mucus.
  3. Air humidity in the room can also play a role in relieving a blocked nose. Use an air humidifier or place a bowl of warm water near the heating to increase humidity in the room.

Of course, the effectiveness of these methods depends on the cause of the blocked nose, such as a cold, allergies, or sinusitis. In any case, these tips can be your first choice in dealing with the unpleasant feeling of congestion without reaching for nasal drops.

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Causes of a Blocked Nose and Why It's Important


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Cold is one of the most common causes of a blocked nose. Upper respiratory tract infections, caused by viruses, can cause inflammation and swelling of the nasal mucosa, leading to difficulty breathing. It's important to properly hydrate your body and rest to speed up recovery.


Pollen allergies, household dust or pet dander are other common causes of a blocked nose. Exposure to allergens triggers an immune system reaction, causing swelling of the nasal mucosa. Increasing air humidity in the environment may help prevent allergic reactions.


Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are benign growths that can develop in the nasal cavity and cause a blocked nose. It may be necessary to consult a doctor if you experience persistent problems with a blocked nose or difficulty breathing.

Dependency on Nasal Drops and Sprays

Using nasal drops and sprays to relieve a blocked nose is common, but long-term use can lead to dependency. This dependency can lead to chronic inflammation of the nasal mucosa and permanent problems with a blocked nose. If you are concerned about your use of these products, consult your situation with a doctor.

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If you are exposed to higher levels of stress, it can worsen the blood flow to the nasal mucosa, leading to a blocked nose. Try to reduce stressful situations in your life and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Some ways to clear a blocked nose may include:

  • Inhaling steam from hot water,
  • Using a saline nasal rinse,
  • Air humidification,
  • Breathing steam from hot tea or soup.

By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and addressing the causes of a blocked nose correctly, you can prevent problems and make breathing easier.

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How to Clear Nose Without Drops and Sprays


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Salt Water Nasal Flushes

Salt water nasal flushes are one of the most natural and effective methods to clear a blocked nose without using drops or sprays. You can purchase pre-made saline products (such as Sinus Rinse) or prepare your own saline solution at home. For this, you can use a neti pot, which has traditionally been used in a cleansing practice known as neti.

Nasal flushing proceeds as follows:

  • Prepare a salt solution by mixing a teaspoon of salt with warm water.
  • Tilt your head over the sink and gently pour the solution into one nostril.
  • Let the solution pass through one nostril and out the other while breathing through your mouth.
  • Repeat this process for the other nostril.


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Air Humidifiers

Increasing air humidity in the room can also help clear a blocked nose. Use an air humidifier or increase humidity in your home through the following methods:

  • Place wet towels on radiators to increase air humidity.
  • Use plants with high water content, which naturally increase humidity in the environment.
  • Open windows and let natural humidity in (if it's humid outside).

Home Remedies for Clearing Nose

If you want to try home remedies, here are some proven tips to relieve a blocked nose:

  • Inhale steam, for example, over a hot bowl of water or in the presence of a hot shower.
  • Massage the area around the nose and forehead with your fingers, which can help relieve pressure in the sinuses.
  • Try consuming spicy food, which may naturally clear nasal passages and improve breathing.


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When clearing a blocked nose without using drops and sprays, it's important to remember that while these methods may be effective, they may not have the same effect as prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to quickly clear a blocked nose with home methods?

Quick home methods to clear a blocked nose include:

1. Applying a warm compress to the face, especially to the nose and forehead area.

2. Inhaling through a moist cloth, which helps moisturize the air.

3. Drinking plenty of water and consuming ginger or honey, which helps alleviate a blocked nose.

What is the best treatment for a persistently blocked nose?

If you have a persistently blocked nose, you should consult a doctor who can offer you appropriate medications or specialized care. Persistent blocked noses can be caused by allergies, chronic sinusitis, or other health issues.

How to relieve a blocked nose in small children?

To relieve a blocked nose in small children, you can:

1. Use saline drops to alleviate inflamed nasal passages.

2. Use a nasal aspirator to help clear the nose.

3. Keep the child well-hydrated and humidify the air in the room where the child sleeps.

What are the alternatives to nasal sprays for relieving a blocked nose?

Alternatives to using nasal sprays for relieving a blocked nose include:

1. Using saline or saline drops, which have been proven effective.

2. Aromatherapy with essential oils, such as lavender, eucalyptus, or thyme, can help relieve a blocked nose.

What exercises can help relieve a blocked nose?

Exercises that can help relieve a blocked nose include:

Alternate nostril breathing: Close one nostril and deeply inhale. Then close the other nostril and exhale. Repeat several times.

Massaging the area around the nose and forehead - gentle pressure points and circular motions help relieve a blocked nose.

How to reduce nasal mucosa swelling naturally?

Natural ways to reduce nasal mucosa swelling include:

1. Using warm and cold compresses on the nose and face.

2. Consuming foods with anti-inflammatory effects, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish.

3. Regular physical activity, which improves overall health and helps maintain a healthy immune system.

Lukáš Konečný, Strategy and business development, nanoSPACE
Lukáš Konečný has been active in the nano field since 2015. He graduated from the University of Economics and Business and has long been involved in digital marketing, digitisation and automation of advertising for technology companies and online projects. At nanoSPACE, Lukáš has been in charge of strategy and business development since May 2020.