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Nasal Congestion Bothering You? And Snoring, Too?

Most people in today's world know that nasal congestion and snoring are closely related. After all, many individuals report that their spouse snores when he or she has a cold, even though he or she does not snore on a regular basis. The connection between nasal congestion and snoring seems fairly simple: As air passes through a clogged up nose, it has to struggle past the mucus, creating a snoring sound.

Usually, nasal congestion is the result of a cold or allergies and passes on its own within a few days. If the snoring is bothering either your or your partner, however, there are some things you can do to help ease the congestion and, thus, the snoring.

Soothing Nasal Congestion and Snoring Without a Doctor

If you are like most people, you want advice on soothing nasal congestion and snoring without a doctor. The long lines at physicians' offices, as well as the high fees, make most people prefer over-the-counter treatments whenever possible. Generally speaking, nasal congestion is certainly treatable in this way.

The first, and most obvious, method of self-treatment is to invest in a nasal decongestant tablet. Any well-known or store brand should do. The most common ingredient in any decongestant is pseudoephedrine. Due to the recent abuse of this substance, you will have to request a decongestant at the pharmacy window, regardless of the fact that it is an over-the-counter medication. A few brands, however, use phenylephrine as opposed to pseudoephedrine, and these can be purchased straight from the store shelf.

If you find that a decongestant tablet on its own does little for your congestion, your next step should be to invest in a nose spray. While the feeling of spraying something up each of your nostrils is certainly uncomfortable, they usually work well in clearing out nasal passages. An alternative to this approach is to get some sort of vapor therapy that you can breathe in deeply, as opposed to shooting up your nose.

If none of the aforementioned methods work (and especially if your stuffy nose is persistent), it is time to seek the advice of a qualified physician. He or she may simply give you a prescription for a different type of decongestant or nose spray. However, he or she will also know when to check for a more serious condition.

Good luck on clearing your nasal passages and reducing your snoring!

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