Stuffy nose? It may not be allergies–hormones could be the culprit

/Stuffy nose? It may not be allergies–hormones could be the culprit

Stuffy nose? It may not be allergies–hormones could be the culprit

tissues2If you notice your nose is stuffier, you’ve got post-nasal drip or you’re bugged by other nasal congestion problems during your Week 2, it may not be allergies.

Your hormones could be the real culprit behind your nasal woes.

That’s the news from a 2004 study published in Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences that shows a high level of estrogen triggers nasal swelling, inflammation and mucus production.

In fact, many pregnant women find themselves battling nasal congestion due to the higher levels of estrogen during pregnancy.

For easy, all-natural relief, try flushing your nasal passages with a neti pot or nasal irrigator bulb–which you can find at drugstores and health food stores–one to two times per day. You use it with a mild salt water solution that comes from a pre-packaged saline rinse or is made by combining about 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt (not regular table salt) and a pinch or two of baking soda to about one cup of distilled water (never tap water). The flushing gently reduces inflammation and washes out nose-clogging mucus, helping you breathe more easily.

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By | 2018-05-19T13:28:41+00:00 May 31st, 2014|health, hormonology tip, Week 2|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at

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