What Is Congestion?

This is a situation whereby there is excessive accumulation of blood or other fluids in a body which may result to blockage of the passages. There are different types of congestions which occurs in different parts of the body which are also caused by different factors .such congestions include; liver congestion which happens when the liver is unable to detoxify the waste in a proper manner as when there is an excess intake or rather there is the presence of toxins in the blood, the liver might not be able to function well as it is expected. In addition, if the bile flow is reduced or is stopped, it might result in congestion of the liver. The reduced supply of bile can be a result of a possible stone or any severe medical condition. Such a situation can leave you feel tired because of the fact that there is an increase of toxins and waste in the blood, which will result in contaminating the body.

Nasal congestion this is also known as nasal blockage, nasal obstruction, blocked nose, runny nose, or rather stuffy nose.  Is another type of congestion which takes place when there is the blockage of the nasal passages usually due to membranes lining the nose becoming swollen because of the inflamed blood vessel? Other types of congestions include liver congestion, bile duct congestion which is a congestion that’s leads to intestinal infections, pelvic congestions, congested heart failure, lung congestion and lastly pulmonary congestion.

What Are The Causes Of Congestion

As far as the heart congestion is concerned this is caused by many diseases that impair or rather affect negatively the pumping efficiency of the heart .such diseases that lead to heart congestion includes :coronary artery ,high blood pressure which is also known as hypertension, longstanding alcohol abuse, disorders of the heart valves ,after recovery of myocarditis,viral infections which leads to the stiffening of the heart muscles ,thyroid disorders ,disorders of the heart rhythm among others.

In the case whereby we may want to put our arguments in the Nasal congestion we can also come up with different causes of congestion .such causes include:

  • Acute lower respiratory conditions .some of these conditions include pneumonia bronchitis, asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPO,chest conditions, lung conditions ,emphysema and lastly lung abscess .
  • Cigarette smoking is another cause of nasal congestion.
  • Deviated septum which is characterized by nose bleeds, blocked nostrils, sinus pain, and congestion.
  • JunĂ­n virus is also another cause of nasal congestion and there are medical complications related to this which include shock, pulmonary edema, death enlarged lymph gland and hemorrhage.

In case of chest congestion we can also be able to identify some of its causes this causes include:

  • Allergies this happens to most people at different seasons. Irritants in the air get into the lungs and cause them to create mucous to try and push it out. Sometimes the problem will go away after getting away from whatever is irritating your lungs. However, if you have an allergy to pollen, this can be a pain when ever it’s the season of pollen. You may need to visit your doctor if the problem persists. However, over the counter medications such as zyrtec or Claritin may solve this problem.
  • Cold or rather flu: The common cold and flu can cause chest congestion. This can cause you to cough. This can be accompanied by a stuffy nose, chills and a fever. While there isn't much you can do to cure a cold, there are things you can do to lessen the severity and the time you have the cold or flu. Drinking plenty of fluids loosens the congestion, and helps you heal faster. Teas and other hot drinks will help loosen the congestion, but avoid dairy products. Getting plenty of rest will also help.
  • Infection and in this case respiratory infections such as coughs are most likely to cause congestion however the chest congestion could also be caused by an infection. If you are coughing a lot, and your windpipe feels a little bit like it's burning, this could be a sign of an upper respiratory infection.
  • Asthma: If your chest feels tight you are wheezing, this might be a sign of asthma. Asthma is when your bronchial tubes are swollen, and have trouble pushing air in and out.
  • Heart problems: in rare cases, chest congestion can be a sign of heart trouble. The heart may not be pumping properly, which allows the lungs to fill with fluid. There will often be other symptoms such as swollen ankles, difficulty breathing at night and heart palpitations.

What Are The Symptoms Of Congestion?

There are varied symptoms of congestion depending on the type of congestion one is undergoing .some of these symptoms include:

In case of chest congestion the symptoms are:

 Wet coughs this is because Bronchial infection and inflammation causes a wet cough that involves yellow or white colored phlegm. It is one of the main symptoms of chest congestion.

Fever this is because Bronchial infection is usually associated with high body temperatures. Fever gives rise to chills and aches in the body of sufferers. It is also accompanied by cold feeling in chest.

Respiratory Difficulties most of the affected people often suffer from shortness of breathe due to chest cold.

In case where one is suffering nasal congestion some of these symptoms maybe present:

  • An itchy and runny nose.
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy ears, eyes and throat.
  • Cluster headaches.
  • Common colds.

In case of heart congestions some of the common symptoms include:

Congested lungs -the fluid back up in the lungs can cause shortness of breath with exercise or difficulty breathing at rest or when lying flat in bed. Lung congestion can also cause a dry, hacking cough or wheezing.

Fluid and water retention- Less blood to the kidneys causes fluid and water retention, resulting in swollen ankles, legs, abdomen and weight gain also this may cause frequent urination.

Dizziness, fatigue, and weakness- Less blood to your major organs and muscles makes you feel tired and weak and also less blood to the brain can cause dizziness or confusion.

Rapid or irregular heartbeats –These hearts beats faster to pump enough blood to the body hence a fast or irregular heartbeat.

Home Remedies For Congestion

The remedies for congestion may vary depending on the type of congestions one is suffering from

  • Nasal Congestion- The best home remedies for nasal/sinus congestion should enhance supply of healthy filtered air. An air conditioner will be helpful in eliminating airborne irritants and allergens from the air thus making it healthier for you to breath and filtered for an advanced level of relieve from congestion. Vaporizers used alongside vinegar or Vick is also used to alleviate nasal congestion. A more natural way of vaporizing yourself is by inhaling steam from boiling water. Other remedies for nasal congestion may include consumption of pungent foods, basil tea, tomato tea (the spicy type), and alternative hot and cold/moist compresses for sinus drainage, use of saline sprays amongst others.
  • Chest Congestion- In many cases, the kind of remedy to be provided for a given type of congestion largely depends on its cause. If your chest congestion is caused by cold, various home remedies including herbal tea, spicy or hot foods and use of hot water will help cure the congestion. For your herbal tea, consider using ingredients like ginger and chamomile.  Drinking hot water and eating hot or spicy food will help dissolve the mucous thus allowing clearing blockage. Hot or spicy foods will contain ingredients like ginger, chili, pepper and garlic which will not only help  dissolve mucus but which will also help  in killing various unhealthy bacteria in the body thus  improving the functionality of the immune system. A mixer of honey and onion juice can also help clear blockages that cause congestion.

Here are some other home remedies that might help with congestion:

  • Lemon juice- Lemon juice is an effective herbal remedy for those who are experiencing congestion. Place one lemon in boiling water for about five minutes and then take it out, cut the lemon into halves and then extract the juice into raw honey. Drink the mixture about twice a day. Besides, you can also apply the lime juice without honey onto the nostrils once or twice a day. After applying the lime juice, lie down for a few minutes.
  • Cayenne pepper- In order to come up with the best herbal remedy for congestion, place one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder into a glass of water. Ensure that the two mix properly then gargle the water. The effect of the mixture will provide some heat into the body hence clearing the congestion since it helps in drawing blood to the throat.
  • Thyme- Thyme is one of the oldest herbal remedies that have been used in fighting congestion. When using thyme, take tow teaspoonfuls of fresh thyme and place into a small cup of boiling water. Let the thyme to boil for about four to five minutes. Ensure that it is covered while boiling. After boiling, take out the mixture and drink while still hot to help in the relaxation of the lungs. Besides, the hot mixture is also effective in promoting expectoration of the mucus to help in easing the congestion.
  •  Eucalyptus Tea- Drinking the tea that is made from Eucalyptus is an effective way of fighting congestion. In fact, the herbal remedy is very useful in fighting colds and coughs hence relieving the symptoms of congestion. When sipping Eucalyptus Tea, the patient is supposed to inhale the steam that is rising from the cup too through the nose to ensure that the reaction of the herb is quick. The tea is mainly made using the bark of the Eucalyptus plant.

Basically, all types of congestions are caused by blockages which in many cases are layers of thick mucus and other dead cells. To clear this,   mucus dissolving agents like hot water and spicy ingredients can be used t dissolve the mucus thereby clearing the passages which in turn helps alleviate the congestions.


Diet For Congestion

A well balanced diet is essential for ensuring a healthy body as well as promoting the immune system.   Lots of fruits and vegetable intake will supplement the body with all the essential vitamins and minerals it will needs. Also ensure high levels of water intake as such will help dissolve the mucus that may be causing congestion. Try to avoid eating just before going to sleep. Stay clear of alcoholic and caffeinated foods.

Prevention Of Congestion

There are various homeopathic and herbal remedies that can be used as alternative for congestion relief.  Eyebright (also known as euphrasia) is essential for eye health and quercitin will be helpful in boosting the immune system as well as promoting proper circulation. Other natural remedies for congestion include Arsen alb, Kali mur and Nat mur.  To gain the best, here are numerous congestion preventive tips

  • Increase you intake of fresh vegetables and fruits. This will help boost your immune system   for better defense and body protection.
  • Regularly exercise. Regular exercise ensure overall body health, enhances better fluid and oxygenation circulation in the body.
  • Increase your fluid intake.
  • Lower your alcohol, tobacco and other irritant intake.
  • Practicing high standards of personal hygiene like regularly washing your hands before handling food can help enhance your immune system.