Is There A Right Way To Blow Your Nose?

The lining tissue of the nose must always be coasted with mucus so that the delicate lining tissue of the nose can perform its important function of warming, humidifying and cleansing the mucous membranes. If the nose dries out, the result is nasal bleeding, crusting and reduction of the sense of smell. Keeping the nasal tissues moist is therefore a very important function of the nasal mucous membranes.

When the nasal tissue are too dry, the mucus becomes thick, causing it to crust. Removing the crusty material can be difficult, especially if you try to do it yourself. This can lead to bleeding, impairment of smell function and even injury to the nasal septum and turbinates.

Keeping the nasal tissues moist is very important. Use an over-the counter spray (such as Ayr™ or Xlear™) to keep the inside nasal lining wet. This loosens the mucus crusting. Do not place any foreign material into the nose unless your doctor prescribes it. If you start to have a nose bleed, pinch both sides of the nose unless your doctor prescribes it. If you start to have a nose bleed, pinch both sides of the nose shut for 8 to 10 minutes. Then spray both sides of the nose with one puff of oxymetazoline (Afrin™) twice daily for one or two days [CAUTION: If you have high blood pressure do not use oxymetazoline without your doctor’s approval]. Do not blow the nose too vigorously, this will only make the bleeding worse!

  • Posted on: Nov 16 2015
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