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

The do’s & don’ts of blowing 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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