Many patients will report that breathing in eucalyptus oils will help open the nose.
Steam rooms are also often helpful.
Patients often report that after a hot shower their nose seems to open up and they are more comfortable.
Some patients also report help with garlic.
I have even had some patients who stuffed garlic cloves up their nose!!
Chinese herbs have been used, but we cannot endorse these nor do we know of any studies showing they are effective.
Irrigation, saline nasal sprays, and other medications can be helpful.
If you haven't looked at them, you should do so now.
But remember if you choose to use these non drug treatments, they must be used in conjunction with prescription medication in order to avoid serious complications.
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