Woman at home on sofa wrapped in blanket blowing her nose
Woman at home on sofa wrapped in blanket blowing her nose

Learn how nasal congestion can make colds worse and what you can do


Sometimes the worst part of a cold is nasal congestion; it is annoying, sometimes painful and can disrupt sleep patterns. 193 Although medicines such as paracetamol can relieve the aches and pains that accompany a cold, they don’t do much to relieve nasal congestion. This can complicate a cold to the point where the simple everyday act of breathing becomes difficult. You may also become tired and develop pains underneath the eyes and in the forehead. 193 A lack of concentration can impact your daily routine.