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What causes nose congestion while sleeping?

Winter time, with low humidity in the house; approx. 25%; during the night time sleep, one of nasal cavities, particularly in the left nasal, it scabs up with thick, dry mucous. In the mourning, I get water up there and eventually blow out reasonably large scab(s) with some blood imbedded in the scab. After a good blow and wipe out, it is usually okay for the day, albeit it is sore. This happens very close to the outlet of the nose and typically this continues through the winter months, in Texas. I also, occasionally use the saline flush; up one nostril and out the other..... any thoughts? Jim
Wed, 31 Jan 2018
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello,my name is dr.Dorina Gurabardhi.I understand your concern.
Some advices that I can give to you are:
-use nasal saline irrigation     
-use a humidifier at home
-stay hydrated
-Watch your diet and avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol for at least six hours before bedtime.
-Consider taking an antihistamine like diphenhydramine at night. It causes drowsiness in many people.
-Get regular exercise for sounder sleep,try to exercise outside during the early morning hours to gain the extra benefit of natural sunlight.
Hope my answer was helpful.If you have any other question Ill be glad to help.
Regards,     
dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
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