It’s Cold Season—Here's How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose, Once and for All

Even though a stuffy nose is rarely the most debilitating part of a sickness, it's straight up the most annoying. After all, blowing your nose incessantly and breathing through your half-open mouth isn't ideal or particularly flattering for that matter. You sit there, crumpled up tissues in hand, reflecting on all the times that you took your smooth and clear inhalations for granted. We know. We've been there.

According to Mia Finkelston, MD, a board-certified family physician who treats patients virtually via LiveHealth Online, a stuffy nose results from general swelling and inflammation in the mucus membranes. She calls this a "normal bodily function," though it "causes increased mucus production," and usually results from a cold or upper-respiratory infection. Luckily, there are a number of small actions you can take to rid this major nuisance from your daily life. Keep reading to see all the things that Finkelston recommends you do to alleviate your stuffy nose.