The do’s & don’ts of blowing your nose

The Correct Way To Blow Your Nose

Blowing your nose provides incredible relief when you’re congested, but it’s surprisingly easy to do more damage than good.

The typical nose-blow generates 10X more pressure than a sneeze or a cough.

That’s why it’s a good idea to avoid blowing both nostrils at once. That’s a lot of pressure for your nasal passage. According to a team of researchers from the University of Virginia, when you blow your nose too forcefully you risk irritating your narrow nasal passageways and spreading the infection.

How to: Safe Nose Blowing


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  • Moisten your nasal passageways with a saline spray or mist.
  • Take the wind out of your sails and blow gently.
  • It’s not a race, one nostril at a time.

As frustrating as plugged nasal passages can be, don’t forget to follow these simple steps and treat them with care this cough and cold season.

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