Stringer recommends running a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer in your home or office to reduce nasal congestion. He says humid air soothes nasal tissues, reduces sinus irritation, and thins mucus, which helps it discharge.
Try Nasal Irrigation
Stringer suggests nasal irrigation using a neti pot to release thick mucus and remove irritants, allergens, and pathogens.
Take a Hot Shower
When you have a cold, does taking a shower make you feel better? Inhaling steam helps mucus escape, reducing sinus irritation and pressure, claims the Mayo Clinic. This can temporarily restore breathing.
Try a Natural Decongestant
Can cold-fighting vitamin C reduce congestion? "Vitamin C has been shown in some studies to shorten the duration of a cold and decrease symptom severity, but it doesn't affect congestion.
Apply a Warm Compre
If congestion causes headaches or sinus pain, apply a warm compress to your nose and forehead. Relief from nasal irritation and pressure might lessen your discomfort.
Step Up Your Fluid Intake
Drinking plenty of (nonalcoholic) fluids and staying hydrated will thin nasal mucus, making blocked sinuses easier to clear.