How to get rid of a runny nose
Nobody likes the sight of someone picking their nose. But then, most people fail to look at the other side of things. What if the poor chap is trying to open up his nose that has been blocked for days? What if he’s running a cold so bad that he can’t smell what he eats? And, worst of all, what if you were in the same situation?
A runny nose can be a really, really annoying experience for anyone. Here are some tips and tricks to evade such a nasal disaster and breathe normally.
- Steam: Steam can save your nose from being blocked further. The hot water vapours act as an instant relief as the water molecules help open up nasal passages, allowing for smooth breathing. All you’ve got to do is, prepare some boiling water, pour it in a bowl, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the vapours slowly, till you start feeling better.
- Vaporizing rubs: Vicks is a very effective ointment, and is available in various forms, and in different shapes and sizes when it comes to packaging. Camphor is one of the key contents of a pack of Vicks VapoRub. They also make inhalers. The ointment can be applied on the chest and the back, whereas vapours can be directly taken using the inhaler.
- Humidifier: If the environment around you is too dry or too cold, it may be a cause for concern for your nose. To get moisture levels up, a humidifier at your house could do wonders. It’ll also help you breathe more freely, as the mucus lining gets thinner as a result of humidity.
- Garlic: Garlic acts as a good technique to get rid of (and prevent further occurring of) a runny nose, apart from being a solution to a lot of other health-related problems. Keep adding garlic wherever possible in your diet, and expect results within a week.
- Hydration: Keeping hydrated has its benefits, which also includes your cold disappearing faster. There are a few mentions when it comes to what kinds of fluids will help reduce the effects of a cold; soups are soothing and can help ease the cold, hot water with a tinge of lime and honey can do wonders because Vitamin C is known to reduce the effects, and different kinds of tea reduce congestion.
- A doctor: Typically used as a last-resort option when none of the other methods work. Though, if this small problem is a precursor to something harmful, or even fatal, then a doctor might be able to give the best possible advice. Do go for regular check-ups if your nose persistently gives in.
- Bonus – Apple Cider Vinegar: This helps reduce the lining of mucus. Have this solution with vinegar thrice a day.
So, next time you encounter a watery nose, remember to apply some of these tips first, and hope that your nasal sufferings last only for a short while, and you won’t have to take your handkerchief every two minutes.