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Instead of using a decongestant medicine to relieve a stuffy nose,
you can try using a saltwater solution (saline solution). This solution may
help you for a short period of time by:
To make the solution, mix
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of salt and
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of baking soda
in 1 cup (237 mL) of distilled water (at room temperature). If you use tap water, boil it first to sterilize it, and then let it cool until it is lukewarm. You may also purchase a saline
solution at your pharmacy.
Gently squirt the solution into your nose. Aim the water toward the
back, not the top, of your head. The water will run through the nasal passages
and into the back of your throat. Spit it out through your mouth. It will not
hurt you if you swallow some of the water. To squirt the solution, you
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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