Last Modified on Jun 21, 2014
Treatments for nasal obstruction range from dietary changes to nasal sprays and applications. Nonetheless, natural treatment can typically prevent the need for surgery or other more invasive treatment options. Eliminating allergen-inflaming foods as well as apply a simple spray of baking soda to the nose can effectively treat nasal obstructions.
What is a Nasal Obstruction?
A nasal obstruction is defined as any condition that impedes the flow of air through the nose. An obstruction may involve one or both nasal passages and is typically temporary. Common causes of nasal blockage include sinusitis, allergies, medication and overuse of nasal sprays. A blockage may also be caused by an anatomical factor such as a deviated septum, nasal polyp, turbinate bone, enlarged adenoid or foreign substance.
Natural Treatment for Nasal Blockage
Treating nasal obstruction involves a holistic approach that takes all aspects into consideration. Dietary changes as well as the topical application of certain substance can eliminate inflammation and, in turn, treat obstructions.
Blockages in the nasal cavity are often caused by inflammation associated with allergies. As such, eliminating potential allergens from the diet and environment can effectively remedy the condition. One important consideration includes eliminating dairy and/or wheat.
Baking soda is another treatment option that eliminates nasal obstruction. Baking soda creates an alkaline environment when applied or consumed, which negates acid-causing inflammation, toxins and irritants.
A nasal obstruction can be the result of a variety of factors and often causes difficulty breathing as well as pain. Natural treatment options, however, can eliminate blockage issues and treat common symptoms of nasal obstruction.
09/09/2010: Sheree from Hammond, La, Us: "Hi I a question for TED. My son is 8 yrs. Old and he has enlarged turbinates in his nose. History of allergies and I have tried diligently to use vit c and extra good everyday liquid vitamins. I always use natural products from the health food store to treat him like bio allers under the tongue for the conditions to make him immune to pollen and mold. The turbinates caused hard breathing at night for months of trying natural remedies, desperate, I went to ENT who suggested 2 month nasal steroids 2Xday 4 sprays. 3 weeks now, no difference in size of turbinates. I am stopping these steroids b/c I feel they are dangerous.
Someone suggested baking soda in his nose on the turbinate with water on a q-tip b/c it is alkaline and he is probably acidic and that the BS will shrink the turbinate. I tried to get it in his small nostrils but decided to mix with water and spray into his nose. Will that hurt him or have any negative side effects on an 8 yr. Old? If safe how much water and BS to mix for the formula? Do you know any way to shrink these naturally or am I on the right track with the BS?
09/09/2010: Sheree from Hammond, La, Us replies: "Hi I posted to Ted Sept. 9, 2010. How do I know if he got it? Thanks, Sheree"
EC: Hi Sheree,
Every question that is directed to Ted is emailed to him as soon as it is posted on the site. He typically answers questions in email batches a few times a month.
12/09/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "Hi Sheree,
I would suggest Finger Surgery by an Osteopath. I have looked up a few articles and have them here:
That article explains about the nose and different ways to manipulate the turbinate
The next article explains how he needs a lymphatic drainage of the nasal cavity.
Here is the Osteopath Association link
When you call the Association, tell them you need an Osteopath from the "old school of thought" - the type that uses massage instead of medicine. Today's Osteopaths unfortunately think that it was a Quack Medicine, but I believe in them. Hope this helps your son! I hate to see anyone suffer, especially a child."
12/09/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I did even more research and found that you might even be able to try it yourself. Type in your search engine: finger surgery, osteopath, nose, turbinates
Go down to "An Osteopathic Approach To Diagnosis and Treatment"
Then go to page 614 of that book. It gives explicit instructions on the Technique for Drainage of The Nasal Passages
It is a simple massage of the nose that I might try first. When or if you do decide to do that, then I would only do it for 3 minutes at a time, and only 5 days. If nothing happens, then go and see an Osteopath. Please let me know if that helps!"
04/03/2011: Umm from Madina, Madina Province, Saudi Arabia. replies: "Re -blocked nostril;
I have had a blocked nostril for 3 days. If I put some saline drops it unblocks for sone minutes and then gets blocked again. I was disheartened to find that there is only 1 post on here about it. Perhaps it is not a common problem. I checked the google book someone suggested here and the particular page (614) is not there. I dont have access to homeopaths or osteopaths where I live. I can only go to see a doctor and I'm 100% certain I would be given some antibiotics and nothing else if I do go. Pls if anyone here knows some home remedy that may help me, kindly reply."
04/03/2011: Gtcharlie from Los Angeles, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi, Umm!
You didn't mention if the blockage is due to infection, or due to allergy or something else. I would suggest you to try the following: cup your hands gently and use the side tips (facing you) of your index finger, with an up/down motion, rub the outside bottom of your nose where both spots connect to the face. Apply a little pressure until the base of the nose become warm to a bit hot. You should notice your nose would have opened up a bit by then. If it works, keep doing it as a habit. It will help the blood flow and strengthen the muscles inside.
This is a Chinese acupuncture procedure that cost nothing other then your own effort. Hope it would help.
04/03/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I would try to unblock your nose by putting 1 tsp of cayenne pepper in a cup of water that has been boiled. Wait a minute while the water cools a bit and then drink. The same can be said for very hot spicy food."
03/07/2012: Danilo from Miami, Fla Usa replies: "To gtcharlie from los angeles..Hey it really works about the pressure on your nose to get rid off yor allergic blocked nose. I rub the the outside bottom of my nose, for awhile and the blockage was gone (70%), wow, I was going to get some medication at the pharmacy I couldn't breathe- feeling much better.
Thanks for the tip GTCHARLIE from los angeles..Thanks again."
04/08/2012: Genevieve from Huntington, New York replies: "The following two things worked for me as relief from a miserably stuffy nose:
07/08/2012: Emmy from Palmer, Alaska: "My husband battled nasal polpys for three years and was finally diagnosed with churg-strauss syndrome, a type of vasculitis that involves inflammation of blood vessels, an auto-immune disease. It can be fatal if left untreated. He tried everything to rid himself of the polpys, from hydrogen peroxide, to an anti-inflammatory diet, colloidial silver, and nothing helped his polpys except prednisone. He also developed cough-variant asthma a year after the polyps began. In all our research, we hadn't found any answers for him until his health worsened to the point where he couldn't go to his job. Churg-strauss eventually starts affecting your organs and my husband's had just started this stage. Thank God we were sent to a doctor who figured it out. For those suffering endlessly from polyps or cough-variant asthma, this was our answer, which was not what we expected."
[YEA] 12/02/2012: Jennifer from San Francisco, Ca: "I've been hesitant to write this post, because I don't want to jinx myself. But this site has helped me in so many ways, I feel compelled to share my success.
I suffered with nasal polyps for about two years. During that time my body was under a great deal of stress from thyroid and adrenal issues. My polyps were concentrated on one side of my nose, and kept me from being able to breathe through my nose at all when lying down. I tried a few of the suggestions on this site without any luck, and had given up for the most part.
But about five months ago I stopped eating dairy and gluten to help my thyroid and adrenal problems. After about two months the polyps seemed to loosen one day, and I felt them drain down my throat. It has been three months since then, and I have not felt any sign of their return. I can't be sure what it was that caused the polyps, but because I have tried cutting gluten before without result, I believe it was the dairy. I only hope that this helps someone else solve their polyp problems. I will never take the ability to breathe out of my nose for granted again."
[NAY] 10/06/2013: Linda P from West Midlands England: "My nose has become increasingly blocked over the past few years and is causing great discomfort and breathing problems. No pain, just extreme nasal tenderness and just lately pressure to the front of my head and eyes. It is also causing a painful throat because of inhailing dry air. I have tried the following: Sinus rinses, various nasal sprays on prescription, visits to consultants which included numerous camera insertions. Food intolerance tests, allergy tests, accupunture, reflexology, leaving all dairy and wheat out of my diet and all to no avail. I was told 9 months ago by my ENT consultant that my nose wasn't really blocked but that my brain was sending false messages. I have tried to put up with the situation but life is becoming increasingly difficult and I can't understand why I am in such discomfort if this is really the case."Replies
10/06/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hi Linda from England;
You have a chronic sinus infection. Probably viral since the prescription meds, likely antibiotics didn't knock out the infection. So it is viral or fungal.
You will need a high ppm colloidal silver to kill the infection. I have had such infections many times, my sinuses being prone to infection. Any inflammatory condition will make the sinus cavities ready virus factories.
To kill a virus I use colloidal silver of a high ppm (parts per million) usually listed on the bottle. I make my own and is simple to do.
I take the solution of water with atoms of silver (colloidal silver) and there is so little silver that I cannot taste it or see anything in a clear container. (The dilution from the first two cup solution is about 32 to 1.)
I take an ear syringe and filling it, then gently squirt into the sinus cavity on both sides. You've been infected a long time so expect a real sting on both sides deep into the sinus. A bad infection with me will feel like the stinging is almost in back of my eyes; that's when I know I am deeply infected. Lean head back and let solution drain into throat. You will begin to drain. Be holding onto something because the solution in sinus can cause dizziness as you lean your head back.
Repeat fifteen minutes later. The stinging will not be nearly so bad.
Three times daily repeat until the infection is gone. Also I will irrigate my ears; same thing. Just gently squirt the CS into the ears. With both ears and sinus the CS will also get to Eustachian tubes. Again, if infection is in your ears (and likely it is given the duration) be holding onto something because water squirted into ears can cause virtigo.
With that I've just given myself an "irrigation" or a upper cleaning, if you will.
I've been on CS for about 20 years and have always had remarkable results especially in sinus congestion/infection problems. And since seeing the success have read a lot about the connection between many ailments and viral triggers. I do not believe or advance the idea that CS is a cure all, but it is sure something I'd go to when all else seems to fail... The bottom line question being; could this problem perhaps have a viral cause? If so the CS sure can't hurt trying when nothing has seemed to work. CS kills fungal infections also.
By the way, not all CS seem to be as potent as others. The CS solutions that claim they use some super special method for making their stuff is questionable and I've even found from practical usage that they don't do what my simply made 27 volt "fast" method accomplishes.
Pleas let us know if you find some results from this.
10/07/2013: Linda P from West Midlands, England replies: "Thanks you so much for this helpful answer Dave - I will let you know how I get on. Hoping for a miracle! Linda"
10/07/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Linda P from West Milands;
By the way; because your infection is long lasting, if this were me I'd assume the infection might have gone into the rest of my body. And to kill that systemic infection (let's hope not) take a tablespoon of the CS on empty stomach for a few months. You already might be experiencing some symptoms that you had not thought were related to the sinus infection. If you are having some issues that have developed after the onset of the infection, then the two could likely be related and therefore you need to be on oral doses of the CS for many months.
10/07/2013: Lara from Mi replies: "What is CS."
EC: CS is the acronym for colloidal silver.
10/07/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, SC replies: "To Lara,
So sorry about the abbreviation. I was sending a second post, a sort of ps to an original post.
Earth Clinic staff correctly said what CS is; colloidal silver. A colloid is a suspension and in this case the suspension is that of atoms of silver in water and is proported by advocates to kill virus and fungus and even bacteria.
I contend that a lot of ailments may track back to infections and am always on the look out for good anti virals and anti fungal remedies. CS is my favorite. I'm currently reading about MMS. Oh no... another abbreviation.
10/08/2013: Linda P from West Midlands, England replies: "Back again Dave with a couple of questions and forgive my ignorance. I will be buying CS from my local health store and wonder what I should be looking out for. You mention a high ppm - what would that be, and you also mention you make your own. Does that mean you make your own from scratch as it were, or are you talking about a dilution of a solution from a proprietary brand?
Many thanks again - you have given me hope and it's quite exciting..."
10/08/2013: Debbie from Australia replies: "Have you looked into wheat being the problem. Modern wheat has been modified a lot in recent times and is causing no end of problems.. I have read that it can also cause sinus problems. It also raises your insulin levels and blood pressure. It is also a type of opiate for the brain in that it causes you to overeat.
By simply taking wheat and gluten out of the diet many people are having amazing health turnarounds and losing a tonne of weight.
Google wheat belly and see what peope are saying. It is a great book to read on the subject."
10/09/2013: Andrea C from Wales replies: "Hi I make my own Colloidal Silver from scratch and use it undiluted, with no salt added, your not supposed to add salt. I bought a Machine to make it, but you can make your own very easily. There is lot's of Videos on Youtube showing you how to do this, and how to measure the ppm (parts per million) 'Truther Girl' on 'Youtube' has a very simple method of making your own device for CS. Love Andrea C xxx"
10/10/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Also be careful of one YouTuber's recommendation (actually a demonstration) to use regular tap water. It is advised to use only distilled water, and as mentioned, no added sodium."
10/12/2013: Linda P from West Midlands England replies: "Thanks everyone for these helpful posts. I am trying the CS remedy suggested by Dave first for a month and hopefully by then I should know if the treatment is working. I will look into the wheat possiblity although I have tried that before with no success but only for a couple of weeks. Perhaps I should have tried for a longer time. I will let you know how it goes at the end of the month's trial.
04/12/2014: Juliana from Canada: "This is info for dry or stuffy nose problems:
After visiting ENT, he suggested for me once a day to dip small cotton ball (not q-tips, he said it may damage the nerves) in unrefined oil for dry nose. I have been using since then once a day and never had a dry nose and my nose passages is always clean and opened. I stuff the oily cotton ball in my nose for a few seconds and pull it out right away. I use the sunflower oil.The ENT said any oil would work, but best would be the unrefined oil."