1. Do NOT drink coffee or alcohol during your rehab. Both dehydrated me and clogged my nose NOTICEABLY after only a few minutes. Staying off both helped.
2. Drink water. Hydration is a GOOD thing.
3. Use the clear nasal strips – they are an absolute lifesaver. Remember, your nose is most likely NOT filled with mucus. It’s the tissues that have swollen, and pulling them open with those strips WORKS.
4. Remember that even when you are treating only one nostril, the other one is getting a little assist (at least that seems to have been the case for me). When I finally stopped using, my OTHER nostril went berserk.
5. One last thing that got me over the hump – I bought one of those menthol inhalers. These don’t really decongest you at all. But they do give you a little sensation in your nostril, which (at least for me) makes it seem as though you are getting some circulation in there. I didn’t go crazy on it – just used it on particularly bad times. Frequently, I would use it and after an hour or so, my nose would naturally unclog anyway.
6. Exercise. When you move around you get your adrenaline going, which will naturally decongest you a little. For me, it seemed to be climbing stairs.
Most likely due to a viral illness (most common) followed by bacterial super-infection (bacteria super-infection means when a bacterial infection occurs in setting where viral illness is also present). Less common is bacterial infection alone. A viral component is most likely present if symptoms do improve partially with antibiotics followed by immediate recurrence of symptoms after antibiotics completed resulting in repeated courses of antibiotics. In this scenario, it is best to avoid antibiotics unless the child is quite ill as only time will allow for the viral illness to resolve which is the main problem. Conservative care with saline spray to the nose followed by bulb suctioning is recommended. Daily Xlear Nasal Spray may also be helpful.