Inflammation and swelling of nasal mucus membranes, blood vessels and surrounding tissues cause nasal congestion. Mucus membrane swelling is mostly to blame for that plugged-up feeling, but thick mucus stuck in your nasal passages is at fault, too.
What Causes Swelling?
That swelling inside your nose can be caused by many agents, including:
- Viral infections
- Environmental irritants (like smoke)
How to help clear a stuffy nose:
There are simple home remedies that can help clear mucus from your nasal passageways. If your stuffiness just won’t stop, try:
- Drinking extra fluids (like water, teas, soups, etc.)
- Using a humidifier or vaporizer
- Using a saline nasal spray or rinse