Forget the cold medicines that make him drowsy, getting rid of a stuffy nose with home remedies is much more convenient and lacks the side effects that accompany over the counter drugs. These home remedies are not only safe, but natural and effective for treating stuffy nose, congestion and other cold like symptoms.
- Environmental Triggers. One of the best at home remedies for getting rid of a stuffy nose is to eliminate the cause, when possible. A stuffy nose can be caused by a variety of things, including allergies and other irritants. Eliminating these things from the environment when feasible is a first step in relieving congestion and cold like symptoms. Molds, dust, and pet dander are all common household irritants that could be contributing to his stuffy nose.
- Medication. Frequent use of over the counter cold, allergy and sinus medications can increase nasal congestion according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Avoiding or decreasing use of these products may just help his stuffy nose go away. However, it may take a few days for the stuffy nose to clear up. A physician should be consulted for discontinuing medication, especially if prescribed.
- Moisture. Although commonly used for infants and children, moisture is a great home remedy when it comes to getting rid of a stuffy nose. While a humidifier often comes to mind, it is not necessary to use one. Taking a hot bath or shower can help loosen up mucus and soothe irritation within the nasal cavity.
- Eucalyptus. A natural home remedy to get rid of a stuffy nose is eucalyptus. This works very similar to over the counter ointments and vapor rubs used to treat nasal congestion. A small amount of oil extract from the plant is mixed with massage oil or white petroleum and applied to the chest, neck, etc. However, this is not recommended for those with asthma, some allergies, and/or other breathing disorders.