Causes of Nasal, Sinus & Chest Congestion, Congestion Remedy Relief Treatment

Congestion is an abnormal accumulation of blood in some part of your body. It is a symptom and not a disease.

Nasal congestion is the swelling of your nose tissue lining due to filled blood vessels. It can cause nasal drainage of mucus to become congested.

Sinus congestion is blood gathering in the lining of air filled cavities in your forehead, cheekbones and behind your nose. This impedes the flow of sinus produced mucus into your nose. Insufficient mucus drainage creates sinus pressure that causes symptoms similar to a headache.

Chest congestion occurs when your alveolar walls and lung capillaries become distended with blood. This allows for too much phlegm to collect in your lungs, which causes chest pain and breathing difficulty.

Nasal and sinus congestion can be caused by many things, like:

Another cause for chronic sinus and/or nasal congestion are food allergies. Typically occurring an hour after consumption, the majority of food reactions come from:

  • soy
  • dairy
  • eggs
  • wheat
  • peanuts
  • shellfish

And finally, a very annoying cause of nasal and/or sinus congestion are pollenmolddust mites or animal dander allergens.

The cause of chest congestion can be instigated by a viralbacterial and fungal infection in your respiratory system or some other cause for blood accumulation.

Chest congestion symptom may be present with:

One OTC remedy for treating congestion is taking a decongestant. Decongestants shrink blood vessels in your nasal passages, sinuses and lungs. As blood vessels constrict, mucus and phlegm can then drain.

For further relief of that mucus and phlegm symptoms accompanying your congestion, take an antihistamine to help reduce the amount of nasal and sinus mucus. Or a cough syrup containing guaifenesin to help thin phlegm in your lungs, making it easier to cough it up. They may be included in your chosen medicine, so check the label.

Discuss taking a decongestant relief remedy with your health care professional if you suffer from any of these conditions:

Here are some natural treatment options that help with congestion relief:

  • saline nasal sprays
  • infant nasal aspirator
  • nasal breathing strips
  • drink plenty of hot fluids
  • inhale steam ~ hot shower
  • use vaporizer or humidifier
  • apply a warm, moist towel to face or chest

Congestion feels worse when lying down. So stay upright or keep your head elevated.

And for the love of health, never self treat congestion with an antibiotic.