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What can I do if my nose is blocked while i'm sleeping?

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Dr. Felicia Knowles
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
6 doctors agree

In brief: Use a humidifier.

Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air, particularly during winter months.
Allergens may be causing nasal mucosa irritation. Consider using anti-allergenic pillow and mattress covers. Try over the counter decongestants for a few days, if you are over 6. If no improvement, see your physician or ENT to rule out sinusitis, a nasal septal deviation, polyp or other structural abnormality.

In brief: Use a humidifier.

Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air, particularly during winter months.
Allergens may be causing nasal mucosa irritation. Consider using anti-allergenic pillow and mattress covers. Try over the counter decongestants for a few days, if you are over 6. If no improvement, see your physician or ENT to rule out sinusitis, a nasal septal deviation, polyp or other structural abnormality.
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Dr. Felicia Knowles
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Several approaches

Nasal saline rinses with a neti pot are a simple way to try to keep your nasal passages clear. It is important to use a saline (mild salt water) solution when you do this.
Never use plain tap water. Also breathe right strips can help open your nasal passages. Consider seeing a doctor if that doesn't help with the snoring. Sleep apnea can have serious health consequences including heart problems.

In brief: Several approaches

Nasal saline rinses with a neti pot are a simple way to try to keep your nasal passages clear. It is important to use a saline (mild salt water) solution when you do this.
Never use plain tap water. Also breathe right strips can help open your nasal passages. Consider seeing a doctor if that doesn't help with the snoring. Sleep apnea can have serious health consequences including heart problems.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Consider

Breathe right strips.

In brief: Consider

Breathe right strips.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Saline water

Pharmacies sell small saline plastic tubes for inhalers use 1 or 2 drops to nostril this will open up blockages very useful to quickly release - use nac and bromelain to improve drainage and inflammation.

In brief: Saline water

Pharmacies sell small saline plastic tubes for inhalers use 1 or 2 drops to nostril this will open up blockages very useful to quickly release - use nac and bromelain to improve drainage and inflammation.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Elevate

The first thing to try is sleeping with your head and nose elevated above your heart.
The nose is filled with blood vessels and if you sleep flat these vessels will be filled up blocking your nose more. Try irrigating your nose with saline. If this doesn't help it may be due to a cold, allergies or sinus condition and seeing your primary care doctor and if necessary an ENT doctor can help.

In brief: Elevate

The first thing to try is sleeping with your head and nose elevated above your heart.
The nose is filled with blood vessels and if you sleep flat these vessels will be filled up blocking your nose more. Try irrigating your nose with saline. If this doesn't help it may be due to a cold, allergies or sinus condition and seeing your primary care doctor and if necessary an ENT doctor can help.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine

In brief: Solve your mystery

Why is your nose plugged up at night? Any clues in your bedroom: dust, mildew/mold, bedding, pets? During daytime too? Talk with your doc about your list of prime suspects so you can prevent this.
Good luck!

In brief: Solve your mystery

Why is your nose plugged up at night? Any clues in your bedroom: dust, mildew/mold, bedding, pets? During daytime too? Talk with your doc about your list of prime suspects so you can prevent this.
Good luck!
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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