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How can steam help with clearing a stuffed-up nose?

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This good old-fashioned method may do the trick to ease your stuffiness. Stand in a warm shower and take deep breaths.

You can also fill a bowl with hot water, put a towel over your head, and hold your face over the bowl. The towel will help keep the steam close to you as you breathe it in.

From: Un-Stop That Stuffy Nose WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Symptom Relief."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Saline Sinus Rinse Recipe."

FDA: "Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?"

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Antihistamines, Decongestants, and Cold Remedies," "Sinusitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians: "Treating the Common Cold."

UpToDate: "Pharmacoptherapy of allergic rhinitis."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Symptom Relief."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Saline Sinus Rinse Recipe."

FDA: "Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?"

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Antihistamines, Decongestants, and Cold Remedies," "Sinusitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians: "Treating the Common Cold."

UpToDate: "Pharmacoptherapy of allergic rhinitis."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

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