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What is menthol and how can it help with clearing up a stuffed-up nose?

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Medicated ointments that have menthol or camphor in them can help you breathe better. You can rub them on your chest or upper lip. You can also buy types that you place in warm water and breathe in the vapor, which helps open up your airways.

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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