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Stuffy Nose
That full-house feeling inside your nose

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Inflammation and swelling of nasal mucus membranes, blood vessels and surrounding tissues cause nasal congestion. Mucus membrane swelling is mostly to blame for that plugged-up feeling, but thick mucus stuck in your nasal passages is at fault, too.

What causes swelling?

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That swelling inside your nose can be caused by many agents, including:

  • Viral infections
  • Allergies
  • Environmental irritants (like smoke)

How to help clear a stuffy nose

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There are simple home remedies that can help clear mucus from your nasal passageways. If your stuffiness just won’t stop, try:

  • Drinking extra fluids (like water, teas, soups, etc.)  
  • Using a humidifier or vaporizer
  • Using a saline nasal spray or rinse

How Mucinex® products can help

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Some Mucinex® products contain nasal decongestants to help open up the nasal and sinus passageways. Decongestants shrink the mucus membranes that are inflamed inside your nose. This helps relieve that stuffed-up feeling and drain all that trapped mucus.

When looking at the active ingredients on the packaging, you will see active ingredient names like: pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, and oxymetazoline. These are all nasal decongestants.

Products containing pseudoephedrine can be found behind your pharmacist’s counter.

Use as directed.

Which Mucinex® product is right for me?

See below for products that will help your cough. Use as directed.

Also check out the Find My Mucinex tool. You can enter other symptoms you're suffering from and find the best Mucinex® match.


When Should I Call My Doctor?

  1. If you get nervous or dizzy or experience sleeplessness
  2. If your symptoms last more than 7 days or are accompanied by a fever
  3. If your symptoms do not improve with over-the-counter medication

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