The Cause of Your Sinus Stuffiness (Congestion) Is Hiding in Your Pillow

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Find out about a surprising cause of unexplained sinus congestion and snoring. The cause of chronic nasal congestion could be hiding in your pillow!


0:00 Introduction: A hidden cause of sinus congestion
0:27 Microbes in your pillow
1:10 Rhinitis
1:35 How do I know if my pillow is causing my sinus congestion?
2:07 Easy remedy for sinus congestion

Today, weโ€™re going to talk about one of the hidden causes of chronic sinus congestion. Microorganisms in your pillow could be causing sinus pressure, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, and snoring!

The average pillow has 7000 spores of 4 to 16 different types of fungus, especially if your pillow is made of synthetic material.

The fungus found in your pillow is a frequent cause of rhinitis, or inflammation of the sinuses. The fungus feeds on nitrogen and dead skinโ€”and can affect the respiratory system.

Fungus spores are activated by moisture, so your sweat, drool, and wet hair intensify the problem. Spores can even grow roots into the fibers of your pillow.

Here are 4 signs that fungus in your pillow may be causing sinus congestion:
1. Discoloration on the pillow
2. Moisture on the pillow
3. Odors from the pillow
4. Sudden change in mucus membranes (difficulty breathing, stuffy nose)

To solve this problem, wash your pillow at least once monthly and ensure itโ€™s completely dried. Itโ€™s also essential to clean your pillowcase at least once per week. Your pillow wonโ€™t last forever, so be sure to replace it once yearly.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 59, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of โ€œdoctorโ€ or โ€œDr.โ€ in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients, so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose, and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you reduce sinus congestion and improve your sleep. Iโ€™ll see you in the next video.


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  1. @henrythecat3094 on April 17, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    Please make a video about rosacea

    • @dougm2250 on April 17, 2024 at 12:05 pm

      He did already. Search.

    • @leeboss373 on April 17, 2024 at 12:11 pm

      Histamine intolerance

    • @elizabethhill4037 on April 17, 2024 at 12:35 pm

      Leaky gut

    • @Hootowls5 on April 17, 2024 at 12:40 pm

      To much carbohydrates, sugar and your gut needs to be cleaned out.

    • @scorpionz44 on April 17, 2024 at 12:42 pm

      I just fixed mine with cod liver oil and kefir every day, give it a shot, got rid of it in 1 week

  2. @i.mahdihosseini on April 17, 2024 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks Dr Berg, I’m gonna try that.
    00:00 ๐Ÿฆ  Microorganisms in pillows, particularly fungi spores, can cause sinus congestion and respiratory issues.
    01:31 ๐ŸŒง Fungus spores in pillows thrive in moisture, such as sweat or wet hair, exacerbating sinus inflammation.
    02:12 ๐Ÿงผ Wash pillows every month, ensuring they are completely dry, and replace them annually to prevent microbial buildup and maintain sleep quality.

    • @melt2947 on April 17, 2024 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you!

    • @rosagaldamez6730 on April 17, 2024 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you very much.โคโค

    • @donnagarner6007 on April 17, 2024 at 2:17 pm

      When in a hurry and no time I have sprayed mine with Lysol and put them in the dryer. The sun will always kill germs too. I used to put mine on a towel on the hood of my car to freshen. These days the neighbor cats would be sleeping on them!โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฑ

    • @martabachynsky8545 on April 17, 2024 at 5:40 pm

      How do you keep pillows from turning into lumpy messes when washing them? The washing machine always mangles them. I just wash the pillowcases.

  3. @danielacinderella9501 on April 17, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    Vitamin C is the best treatment! And the detergents are the worst for breathing problems, because of the synthetic perfumes !!!

    • @danielacinderella9501 on April 17, 2024 at 12:07 pm

      And fresh air is a MUST

    • @OutWestRedDirt on April 17, 2024 at 1:02 pm

      Use borax

    • @Antiguanian on April 17, 2024 at 1:31 pm

      I tinse everything with vinegar water

    • @Saadking47 on April 17, 2024 at 2:30 pm

      What do u mean with perfumes

    • @THall-vi8cp on April 17, 2024 at 6:19 pm


      Most laundry detergents and fabric softeners contain fragrances. These can be irritating for some people. We use All “Free Clear” detergent and softeners. No added fragrances or dyes.

  4. @kevindunnell7150 on April 17, 2024 at 12:11 pm

    Yes! Please make a video about rosacea.

  5. @miavos3610 on April 17, 2024 at 12:13 pm

    I spray my bed top to bottom as well as the pillows with alcohol every single morning.

    • @zasta7 on April 17, 2024 at 1:01 pm

      Is that a good solution compared to what Doctor told?

    • @Antiguanian on April 17, 2024 at 1:30 pm

      Keep those bugs intoxicated!

    • @MacBig. on April 17, 2024 at 1:50 pm


    • @Drberg on April 17, 2024 at 2:57 pm

      Wow, amazing.

    • @HR-rt9nh on April 17, 2024 at 2:58 pm

      I do the same every night, well not so much as spray but spill, and not so much as alcohol but scotch .

  6. @angelalinderman9985 on April 17, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so glad I’m lying on my new pillow!!!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’ฏ

    • @voraxe3032 on April 17, 2024 at 1:29 pm

      But for how long

    • @Drberg on April 17, 2024 at 2:03 pm

      Sounds good!

    • @mir3349 on April 17, 2024 at 3:48 pm

      Same here๐Ÿ˜„

  7. @doejohn8674 on April 17, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks! Will throw my pillows right away in the washing machine, wanted to do this for quite some time ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    • @fidelcatsro6948 on April 17, 2024 at 1:08 pm

      Wishing for A decade?๐Ÿ˜‚

    • @Drberg on April 17, 2024 at 2:04 pm

      Sure thing!

    • @Drberg on April 17, 2024 at 2:42 pm

      Wonderful. Stay safe and healthy!

  8. @justmetracy7755 on April 17, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    I’m off out now to buy some new pillows as I feel like there is something up my nose.

  9. @nekk-ra7080 on April 17, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    My sinusitis was caused by having a job where I have to go out in sub-zero weather to shovel snow and repair broken items. Now my nose is like a water fountain if I breathe in cold, damp air, super dry air is downright painful, and my sinuses get inflamed if I look at my nose funny. My late uncle developed the same problem after being put on oxygen when he was in the hospital several years ago. Dirty pillows can affect sensitive people, but it’s only one of many factors.

  10. @plainjane-rb8ky on April 17, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    Eat healthy, exercise, take vitamin tabs, drink green tea and sleep well.
    That’s what I’ve done and just celebrated my 70th birthday lately. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • @KuroRitsuka on April 17, 2024 at 1:04 pm

      Happy birthday to you ๐ŸŽ‰

    • @DarrenJon-tg2gq on April 17, 2024 at 1:06 pm

      Amen to you!

    • @maryfolks9368 on April 17, 2024 at 1:24 pm

      Happy belated birthday ๐Ÿค—

  11. @sherryreed2182 on April 17, 2024 at 12:42 pm

    A man looked at me as if he were shocked because I put my pillows in the washing machine in the laundry room ๐Ÿงบ. That tells me that he’s never washed his pillows.๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • @keithn4304 on April 17, 2024 at 1:23 pm


    • @voraxe3032 on April 17, 2024 at 1:26 pm

      My pillows dont fit… that’s why you change cases almost daily

    • @donnagarner6007 on April 17, 2024 at 2:13 pm

      Yes… it’s nice if you can put them in the sun to dry.

    • @gaiagoddess8009 on April 17, 2024 at 3:49 pm

      They do have hypoallergenic covers that block the crap getting into your pillow/mattress.

    • @sevenStar_211 on April 17, 2024 at 4:03 pm

      @@donnagarner6007after washing?

  12. @mrs.s.vajaycserhati9010 on April 17, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    Anti-dust mite pillowcases work very well.
    Easy to wash (in hot water), too.

    • @christinetaylor2156 on April 17, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      Iโ€™d have to question what the anti-dust Mite cover is made of??? So many hidden chemicals in everything these days. They could have put some level of pesticide in the material which essentially will be just as harmful as the mite itself or worse. Just my thoughts ๐Ÿค”

    • @julietteyork6293 on April 17, 2024 at 1:48 pm

      They sell organic dust mite covers

    • @l.c.8798 on April 17, 2024 at 3:38 pm

      โ€‹@julietteyork6293 where do you get them?

  13. @mwilliams369 on April 17, 2024 at 12:57 pm

    Best advice, Dr Berg. Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

    • @Drberg on April 17, 2024 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad that you liked this post.

  14. @OutWestRedDirt on April 17, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    Try going without feather pillows,
    It made massive difference for me.

    • @fidelcatsro6948 on April 17, 2024 at 1:11 pm

      You replaced feather with ..?

  15. @Stop-All-War on April 17, 2024 at 1:05 pm

    Dont use pillows, use fleece blanket folded, wash often

    • @fidelcatsro6948 on April 17, 2024 at 1:10 pm

      Good idea! Those are for flea collection better than microbes collecting..(just kidding)๐Ÿ˜‚

    • @HR-rt9nh on April 17, 2024 at 2:57 pm

      thats actually a really good idea….

    • @janetwilson807 on April 17, 2024 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks for the great idea!

    • @charlotte1366 on April 17, 2024 at 5:44 pm

      Fleece is made from polyester.
      Polyester is made from petroleum.
      Extremely bad idea.

    • @THall-vi8cp on April 17, 2024 at 6:15 pm


      Not all fleece is synthetic. It’s just a matter of finding the right kind. Natural fleece is expensive, but in this case it would be worth it.

  16. @AnthonyIsToeKnee on April 17, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    Great video Dr. Berg. I have noticed that my sinuses are stuffy when I lay down. Not so much when I’m standing. I attributed this to poor drainage. I will take your advice here and see how well it works for me. Keep the videos coming!

    • @Drberg on April 17, 2024 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad I could assist.

  17. @nickolaslavrenchuk3890 on April 17, 2024 at 1:30 pm


    I did get a new pillow but that improvement was short lived.

  18. @Sharon__Single__again on April 17, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Iv got 2 questions nWhich type of pillow should we use ?nIs there any dry cleaning method for pillow

    • @danielacinderella9501 on April 17, 2024 at 1:48 pm

      Better use pillow cases and change them each week ! They dry very quickly, but the pillow can get more mold because it CAN’T DRY PROPERLY IN THE MIDDLE !

    • @flamingpieherman9822 on April 17, 2024 at 2:18 pm

      Maybe it’s a good thing then to get pillowcase covers which you put underneath the pillowcase itself..

    • @carmenmariacortesmarin2664 on April 17, 2024 at 2:45 pm

      โ€‹@@flamingpieherman9822 I use both. Wash them at least once a week, and put clean ones on.

    • @flamingpieherman9822 on April 17, 2024 at 2:49 pm

      @@carmenmariacortesmarin2664 That’s the one thing I don’t do is wash them as often… I need to start doing that!
      I’m finding that when you enter menopause and the decrease of estrogen it causes your immune system to go down. So what you could handle when you were younger. Now you can’t handle the viral load….

    • @MMK86 on April 17, 2024 at 2:51 pm

      personally I stay away from feather filled pillows

  19. @RFenaughty on April 17, 2024 at 4:17 pm

    I just ordered new pillows and washed my current pillows. Thank you for posting this!

    • @Drberg on April 17, 2024 at 5:28 pm

      I appreciate it so much; I’m glad it’s helpful.

  20. @N22za on April 17, 2024 at 5:05 pm

    Nasal rinses have helped me as well. Make sure to follow instructions.

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