When the nose is stuffy due to a common cold, this is not caused by mucus but rather from an edema and inflammation in the nasal ducts because of the virus, Dr. Al Ayoubi Ayah, otolaryngologist at Chase Farm Hospital, London explains. The habit of blowing one's nose not only doesn't help in decongesting the nasal tract but, according to studies, if done abruptly or carelessly it might lead mucus and bacteria to the sinuses, causing chronic secondary bacterial infections as a result.
Choose natural ways to unblock the nose. Ginger and grapefruit seeds are renowned for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties whereas eucalyptol and menthanol sooth and relieve. Hyaluronic acid helps to restore the nasal epithelium and to hydrate the nasal mucosa.