You've Been Blowing Your Nose All Wrong


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It's that time of year where everyone in the office is calling in sick. Those nasty sniffles are just part of the hassle, but you could be making it a lot worse for yourself if you're not blowing your nose properly.
Blowing your nose could make it more stuffed.
Feeling stuffy? Blowing your nose could make you feel worse. That's because you're building up the pressure in your nostrils. This pressure can cause mucus to shoot up into your sinuses, instead of out of your nose.
When you're sick, that mucus may contain viruses or bacteria.
If the bacteria or virus gets into your sinuses, it could trigger an infection. If that infection spreads, it could make you even sicker.
The stuffy feeling is from inflamed blood vessels.
Blowing will just irritate those vessels even more, which could increase the swelling. So, what's the right way to blow your nose?
Close one nostril at a time and lightly blow through each one. Anti-inflammatories may help reduce the swelling and open a passage for the mucus to flow out.
Lubricating spray also helps loosen dry, crusted mucus clearing the way for a gentle nose blowing. So, pull up the covers, grab a tissue and gently blow your way to good health.
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