How can I treat a stuffy nose or head?

Keri Peterson, MD
Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Keri Peterson explains how you can treat a stuffy nose or head. Watch Dr. Peterson's video for information on health and wellness.

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine

Basic decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or home remedies such as menthol products can provide relief from a stuffy nose or head. Keep a supply of the plain old little red Sudafed pills (generic pseudoephedrine) in your medicine cabinet. Also try the old-fashioned remedy of VapoRub. A dab of that on your neck and chest goes a long way toward clearing your head. A new product to try is Sudacare Shower Soothers. They are large tablets that you pop onto the floor of your shower, then as the water hits it, you are enveloped in a steam shower of menthol that works wonders on clearing your sinuses.

Cool mist humidifiers -- with or without any menthol product added -- can make a huge difference during the winter when your house is dried out from using the heater. Don't underestimate the relief these old-fashioned remedies can provide.

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