Blocked nose at night.

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Every night when I lay down to go to sleep, my nostrils block completely. Within twenty minutes I am mouth breathing and really nervous about going to sleep. Does anyone have any ideas or advice?

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    I have been mouth breathing for about a year now. I recommend a visit to your doctor. One of my nostrils sometimes stayes open, but not enough to breath through. Sorry I have no pearls of wisdom on this. Perhaps a higher pillow, or place some blocks under the head of your bead. Or a wedge (sold on Amazon) under your mattress at the head end. 


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    Hi Arwen, I just tried something that seems to be clearing my nasal passage, early days but after three attempts it has helped. Curl your tongue and press it on the roof of your mouth add slight pressure between your eyebrows, hold this for 20 seconds. Don’t give up on the first attempt it took three for me but after a good blow I am breathing better already.
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    I'm suffering from nasal congestions for year. I had fully blocked nose for about 2 yrs, had turbinectomy, didn't help. Moved 1000 miles from that place, got better, but still getting blocked nose, sometime really bad. During the day it's better.

    It would be very important to know how long you having this problem. Few weeks? month? years? Have you seen any DR?

    Now for treatment, would help to know what causing it.

    It could be allergy - have you done an allergy test?

    Infection: have you got a cold recently?

    Gerd - have you tried changing your diet?

    Or something which called Vasomotor Rhinitis, or non allergic rhinitis. Basically it means they have no idea what's causing it.

    Treatment for it is usually steroid sprays.

    You could also try nasal irrigation, or nasal saline sprays. It's safe.

    Don't use OTC decongestants! It causes rebound effect.

    Safer decongestants: pseudoeffedrine: pseudofed original (not the PE)

    If you have high blood pressure or heart problems, you should check with your DR if you can take it.


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    You must feel awful. keep going back to your GP until he refers you to an ENT specialist. Good luck for the future. M
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    Interested to see if you have found a remedy. I have the same problem, was examined by an ent specialist who said he could operate to reduce lining but that in itself can cause a dry nose and other problems. I am trying a steroid spray but understand this has to be taken consistently over a long period of time. I thought it may be linked to some high blodd pressure medicines but unfortunately I need to take themsad Havent found an answer yetsad
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      I've seen an ENT in the public hospital, looked in my nose with that tiny camera, and concluded that my inferiour turbinates were enlarged and I would benefit from a surgery, getting them reduced. Not convinced that it would help - as I had already a middle turbinate reduction with no improvment at all - I'm going to get a 2nd opinion from a private ENT. I'm not holding my breath, and I'm very nervous just from the idea of another surgery, fearing that it could even get worse. 

      I'm hoping that someone would have some better news, maybe someone who gone through that surgery with more success.

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    I find that lying on one side and breathing through my mouth for a few minutes actually helps one side of my nose to unblock, so I can then breath through my nose instead.

    Also, try looking for "how to clear a stuffy nose", "breathing technique to unblock nose" etc on Google and YouTube - there's a lot out there and it might just help.

    Finally, have you tried a sinus rinse (e.g. neti pot)? I use one daily now with my own solution of pure sea salt and xylitol (yes, the natural sweetener), and it helps dislodge the sticky mucus that has built up overnight.

    Good luck.


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