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Blowing your nose when you have a cold might be harmful

This is an interesting article concerning that blowing your nose during a cold could do more damage than good, the concensus is that blowing one nostril at a time might be the way to go and taking decongestants.

Coughing and sneezing generated little if any pressure in the nasal cavities. But nose blowing generated enormous pressure — “equivalent to a person’s diastolic blood pressure reading,” Dr. Hendley said — and propelled mucus into the sinuses every time. Dr. Hendley said it was unclear whether this was harmful, but added that during sickness it could shoot viruses or bacteria into the sinuses, and possibly cause further infection.

New York Time


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2 Responses

  1. Evan Popchock says:

    I honestly think that gentle nose-blowing when you have a cold is the best thing to go by. After all, sniffling is a bad idea because this will make nasal congestion a lot worse by creating suction that pulls mucus back into your sinuses (and if you sniff too sharply, down into your throat, triggering violent coughing and/or hacking). Additionally, I do prefer that people blow their noses whenever they have colds because who wants to hear someone sniffle constantly every 20 seconds? I certainly can’t stand to hear a noise like that every single second.

  2. floyd says:

    Thanks for the comment Evan, I know that sound my friend and it is very irritating.

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