Need Some Relief?

Try these techniques to alleviate your symptoms.

Increase moisture: Dr. Amy Locke suggests putting your head (at a safe distance) over a pot of boiling water or taking a hot shower and breathing in the steam. Also, try placing a hot towel over your head for about 5-10 minutes and sleeping next to a humidifier.

Use a natural nasal spray: Pick one specifically with eucalyptus oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties, says Ivker. Also add the oil to a steam inhaler or spray it on a tissue and hold it in front of your nose.

Hydrate: Drink lots of water to soothe the mucus membrane. Ivker recommends

drinking half an ounce per pound of body weight daily. For example, 160 pounds equals 80 ounces of water.

Thin the Mucus: To thin mucus add about one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water and sip the mixture throughout the day, says Spencer.

Try acupuncture: This may help open the sinuses, allowing the mucus to drain better.