How can I know if I have Congestion?

Congestion

Congestion an abnormal or excessive accumulation of a body fluid. The term is used broadly in medicine. Examples include nasal congestion (excess mucus and secretions in the air passages of the nose) seen with a common cold and congestion of blood in the lower extremities seen with some types of heart failure.

Nasal congestion or "stuffy nose" occurs when nasal and adjacent tissues and blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid, causing a "stuffy" feeling. Nasal congestion may or may not be accompanied by a nasal discharge or "runny nose."

Nasal congestion usually is just an annoyance for older children and adults. But nasal congestion can be serious in infants, who might have a hard time nursing or breathing as a result.

Symptoms

  • a stuffy or runny nose
  • sinus pain
  • mucus buildup
  • swollen nasal tissues

How can I know if I have Congestion?

If you have or have had any of the following:
  • congestion that is accompanied by a high fever that has lasted more than three days
  • green nasal discharge along with sinus pain and fever (You may have a bacterial infection.)
  • a weakened immune system, asthma, or emphysema
  • a recent head injury, and you are now having bloody nasal discharge or a constant flow of clear discharge

Ayurvedic Cure

Ayurveda generally recommend nasal drops such as Anu taila or Shabdindu taila to reduce congestion. These oils initially may provoke bouts of sneezing and running of water from the nose. If properly inhaled, these oils remove the blockage of the path from the sinuses of the nasal cavity.

To reduce the inflammation, you may be advised to take medicines such as Khadiraadi vati, Vyoshaadi vati, and Kaanchanaara guggulu. These medicines will produce a soothing effect and reduce the inflammation.

Other symptoms such as headache, pain, and nasal allergies are treated with appropriate medicines. Medicines such as Laxmi vilas ras, Chyawana praasha, Abhraka bhasma will build up the immunity if used for a long period.

Chitraka hareetaki available in lehya form in the dose of 2 teaspoonfuls with warm milk twice daily is also an effective remedy that is commonly prescribed for sinusitis. Along with it, nasal inhalation of steam to which a few drops of Jeevan dhaara (a mixture of camphor, menthol etc.) are added, should be inhaled twice daily for about a week.

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