It seems like just about everyone I meet these days is stuffed up, sniffling, and sneezing.
But that end of summer cold or fall allergy could be a whole lot worse than just annoying. In fact, depending on how you treat it, it could be downright DANGEROUS.
Because it turns out the common over-the-counter decongestants most folks turn to for a little seasonal relief aren’t NEARLY as safe as you might think.
And if you suffer from high blood pressure, have an irregular heartbeat, or are a senior, these drugs could send your heart risk soaring.
Decongestants could put your heart in danger
Trust me, I get it. No one wants to walk around with a head so overstuffed it feels like you’re carrying around a pumpkin on your shoulders.
But if you reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) decongestant, you could be making a grave mistake.
These drugs work by shrinking blood vessels to reduce swelling. This allows that bothersome congestion to drain.
The trouble is that same shrinking action forces your heart to have to work much harder to circulate your blood.
And that extra strain could contribute to…
- dangerous blood pressure spikes
- damage to your arteries
- blood clots
- a rising risk for stroke or heart attack
And the dangers don’t end there. Certain OTC decongestants could also interfere with your heart rhythm.
Combat congestion with these 3 stuffy nose fixes
But don’t worry, living with that stuffed up nose or risking your heart AREN’T your only two choices.
There are other safe, effective, non-drug options. And they can deliver the congestion relief you want without the risk of decongestants.
In fact, I’ve got three of them for you to try…
- Steam: Stick it to the congestion with steam. It will help loosen everything up and get you breathing again. Carefully fill a bowl with hot water, lean over the container, and drape a towel over your head to trap in the steam. Breathe deeply for a few minutes. For some extra help, you can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Or even easier, try a hot steamy shower.
- Saline spray: For many folks, an old-fashioned saline nasal spray works JUST as well to clear out away congestion as prescription sprays or decongestants. The spray will help loosen and thin out backed-up mucus so you can breathe easier. You find it in any drug store or online.
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC): NAC is the supplement form of the amino acid cysteine. And experts say it could help clear away congestion by loosening up mucus. Most experts recommend 600 mg of NAC twice a day to thin out mucus enough for you to clear out the congestion. You can find NAC anywhere supplements are sold.
Don’t risk your heart… or your life… for a little congestion relief. Ditch the decongestants and try one of these safe, natural stuffy-nose solutions instead.