How to get rid of a blocked nose: Flu symptoms warning ahead of colds season

Blocked nose patientGETTY ImagesHow to get rid of a blocked nose: Decongestant sprays help to reduce inflammation

A blocked nose is primarily caused by inflamed nasal passages, according to GP Dr Roger Henderson.

The body’s immune system - its natural defences - attempts to fight off the cold or flu virus by targeting the inflamed areas.

While antibodies attack the virus, blood vessels around the nasal passage begin to swell up, causing the body to make a thick, gloopy nasal mucus, which causes the blocked, stuffy nose, Henderson said.

Finding a way to reduce the inflammation in nasal passages was key to clearing a blocked nose, he added.

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Although a cold can pass quickly, typically in just five to 10 days, a blocked nose is a major factor that contributes to us feeling under the weather

Dr Roger Henderson

“With winter fast approaching, many of us will find ourselves bunged up and congested as we come down with a common cold,” said Dr Henderson.

“Although a cold can pass quickly, typically in just five to 10 days, a blocked nose is a major factor that contributes to us feeling under the weather.

“By helping to reduce the thickness of the nasal mucus, natural decongestants unblock nasal passages, allowing for easier breathing and symptomatic relief from the usual cold symptoms that can cause so much misery.”

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