Blowing your nose all the time because of allergies, cold, or dry weather can irritate your nose. The nose has very delicate internal and external tissues. They dry out and crack because of friction with the paper, which is an aggression to the skin. Allergies are even worse than a cold or flu as they last longer. Whatever the cause, there are a few things you can do to relieve a sore, cracked nose.
Method 1 of 2: Reducing Irritation and Burns
Step 1. Apply moisturizer to the outside of your nostrils
Vaseline is an excellent choice. Use a cotton swab, take some Vaseline and lightly dab the entrance to each nostril. This hydration relieves dryness and creates a protective barrier against irritation caused by the runny nose.
You can use a regular face lotion if you don't have Vaseline. It won't retain moisture as well, but it's a lot of relief
Step 2. Buy wipes moistened with moisturizer
If you can afford to spend a little more, using good quality handkerchiefs can provide even more relief for your nose. Look for products treated with lotion, as they don't blow your nose with constant blowing and fight irritation with their gentleness. Less rash on the nose means less irritation in the long run.
Step 3. Moisten your nose with a damp cloth handkerchief
Maybe your nose is so dry it could bleed. A soft fabric moistened with warm water will relieve a lot. Soak the cloth in hot water and gently press it against your nostrils. Put your head back and leave the cloth in place until it cools to room temperature. Meanwhile, breathe through your mouth.
- Apply Vaseline right after treating your nose with the damp cloth.
- When finished, wash the cloth immediately.
Step 4. Blow your nose less
Having a runny nose can make you blow your nose all the time; it's hard but you have to resist, even more if you're alone at home and there's no one around to judge. When a little mucus comes out of the nose, remove it by hand instead of rubbing the toilet paper, which is super rough for such sensitive skin.
Step 5. Use a gentler technique to clean your nose
Instead of taking a deep breath and blowing out your breath, blow slowly, first through one nostril and then through the other. Continue alternating until you feel you have cleaned what you have to clean.
Always loosen mucus with a decongestant before blowing
Step 6. Seek allergy treatment
A doctor may prescribe anti-allergy and other medications that can control your body's reactions. Whether through an injection or a nasal spray, when your nose starts to run, treating the cause is the best way to avoid an irritated nose.
Oral decongestants tend to dry out mucus even more, which makes irritation worse
Method 2 of 2: Unclogging the Nose
Step 1. Soften the nasal secretion
There are many ways to liquefy and loosen the mucus that clogs your nose. With a little effort on your part, blowing your nose can be much more effective. Over time, you will need to blow less and less, which will reduce irritation. Try these techniques throughout the day and always blow your nose immediately afterwards.
Step 2. Sit in a steamy room
If you have access to a sauna, this is the best way to loosen the mucus and relax after a long, tiring day. If you don't have access to a sauna, improvise one in your bathroom. Turn on the shower and close the door to trap the steam inside. Stay in the bathroom for three to five minutes, until the phlegm is damp. Gently blow your nose before leaving the bathroom.
To save water, you can simply blow your nose right after you shower
Step 3. Make a compress on the bridge of the nose
Put a damp cloth in the microwave until it is hot but not peeling. The microwave time depends on the appliance; start with 30 seconds and add 15 seconds at a time if you need to. The cloth should be hot, but not so hot that it burns your skin. Leave it on your nose until it cools. Heat will loosen secretions, even if applied from the outside of the nasal cavity.
Repeat this process before blowing your nose whenever necessary
Step 4. Wash your nose with saline nasal spray
You should wash the inside of your nose with a saline spray found in pharmacies. Spray twice into each nostril, liquefying the boogers. If you don't want to buy it, make a homemade one:
- Mix 240 ml of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Buy a nasal aspirator, sold at any pharmacy. Use it to irrigate your nostrils with homemade saline solution.
Step 5. Try using a neti pot
The neti pot looks like a miniature kettle. He clears the passage of nasal bells blocked by phlegm by flooding it with warm water; water enters one nostril and leaves the other. Heat the water to 49ºC to sterilize it. Allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature before placing it in the pot. Tilt your head to one side and pour water into your right nostril, breathing through your mouth; if the head remains in this position, water will come out of the left nostril.
If water treatment in the area where you live is unreliable, do not use this technique. There are cases of rare amoebic infections caused by parasites in contaminated water
Step 6. Drink hot tea throughout the day
The throat and nose are connected and drinking hot liquids will warm the nasal passage as well. As with steam inhalation, this will allow the secretion to escape more easily. Any type of tea will do, but you can choose certain herbs according to your symptoms. Look for a natural food store and find out. Mint and clove teas can soothe both the throat and the nose.
Step 7. Exercise, if your health permits
Unless you're in bed with a cold or the flu, then rest; but if your runny nose is caused by allergies, exercising is a good option. When your heart rate increases enough to make you sweat, the secretion will also run off. It may only be 15 minutes, as long as you are away from the allergen. For example, if you are affected by pollen, don't run outdoors.
Step 8. Eat something spicy
Think back to the last time you ate something too spicy. Remember how your nose started to run? This is the ideal place to blow your nose when the snot is liquid; so fill your plate with pepper, chili sauce, horseradish – anything to liquefy the phlegm. Immediately blow your nose as soon as it starts to run.
Step 9. Invest in a room humidifier
You can buy a humidifier at any drugstore to keep the air moist while you sleep. Program the appliance to release between 45% and 50% moisture.
- Desktop versions hold between one and four gallons of water, which must be changed daily. Thoroughly clean the device every three days.
- The filter must be changed according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 10. Massage your sinuses
Massaging the areas near the sinuses can open the air passages and make it easier to blow your nose. Use rosemary, mint or lavender oil to intensify the effects, but avoid eye contact. You can make a hot compress next. Using your index finger and middle finger, gently apply pressure in a circular motion to the following areas:
- Forehead (front sinus);
- Nasal bridge and temples (orbital sinus);
- Under the eyes (maxillary sinus).
- Get medical help if you have sinusitis or if your cold or flu does not go away after a week. Signs include solid green mucus and sinus headaches.
- Although rare, it is possible to contract lipid pneumonia from inhaling too much petroleum jelly. Avoid using it frequently and alternate with other moisturizers.