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How can I clear my nose?

Asked by daytonamisticrip (4843points) October 1st, 2010

When fall and winter come along I get this really bad cold. It is so annoying because I can’t breath threw my nose. How can I keep my nose clear threw the cold months?

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YARNLADY's avatar

Ask your doctor for a referral to an ear,eye, nose specialist. You need expert, professional care.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

@YARNLADY I don’t need a doctor. :) It passes when it starts to get warm out again. It’s just annoying and a home remedy would be great.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Olbas oil is what i used to use as a child. usually did the job and fast. Failing that, move up to Potters catarrh pastils, they are basically the nasal version of a nuke.

perg's avatar

Are you possibly getting seasonal allergies or maybe having trouble with air-conditioned (warmed) environments? Maybe it will help you to use a neti pot occasionally. However, if this is a chronic problem, you really ought to see a doctor.

YARNLADY's avatar

@daytonamisticrip I will never cease to amazed by people who have a medical problem that can be easily solved and refuse to seek professional help.

BluRidgeMtns's avatar

The suggestion of a neti pot is a very good one, used for many centuries, across many cultures. “Nasal irrigation” can be a preventive action as well as a means to deal with an existing problem. Much clinical research supports this notion. There are no harmful or negative side effects, either. Will help, can’t hurt. If this is an on-going issue for you, consider one of the newer versions of a neti pot, such as a Grossan Nasal Irrigation System as it is far superior to the neti pot and just may help you deal with what you know will be coming each season. Google “sinusitis” and thereafter, “nasal irrigation” for a wealth of information that may help you gain valuable information. Hope this helps, I’ve dealt with this for decades and nasal irrigation really helps me. A medical professional (Otolaryngology Specialist / ENT doctor) can help with an existing condition; and an Allergist may be needed to help ward off future problems.

Rarebear's avatar

Hypertonic buffered nasal saline irrigation.

BarnacleBill's avatar

If it’s seasonal, it does sound like it’s related to allergies. Do you have forced air or steam heat? Having the furnace and duct work cleaned, and using an allergen furnace filter may help as well. You may also want to consider a humidifier if your house is dry in the winter.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

Thank you all.
I think it’s just a cold that I carry through fall and winter.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@YARNLADY : Keep in mind that @daytonamisticrip is 13 and in a somewhat difficult home environment. She may not have the easy option of consulting a physician.

john65pennington's avatar

Simple solution that works for me. boil water, add salt. use a towel to cover the back of your head and lean over and breathe the vapors of the boiling saltwater. be prepared to blow your nose….........A LOT.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Colds are viruses that generally run their course in 10 days, no matter what you try to do. If you can pin-point it to an exact season, it’s more likely either related to dryness in the house, which can make you stuffy, or a mold allergy that the furnace running makes more pronounced. It wouldn’t show up in the summer, because the AC is blowing cold air.

alovehangoverr's avatar

I’m also going to recommend the neti pot. I seriously wouldn’t be able to deal with my allergies/sinus problems without it. It’s a huge help.

Sure, it’s a little gross & weird hah, but.. does it matter if you feel better?

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