A great homemade way to unclog your nose is to do a nasal wash with 0.9% saline with the help of a syringe without a needle, because through the force of gravity, water enters through one nostril and out through the other, without cause pain or discomfort, eliminating as much phlegm and dirt.
The nasal lavage technique is excellent for eliminating secretions from the upper airways, but it is also a good way to keep your nose properly clean, being useful for those who have any respiratory allergies, rhinitis or sinusitis, for example.
Step by step of nasal lavage with serum
In adults and children, this procedure should be performed on the bathroom sink, and the following steps should be followed:
- Fill the syringe with about 5 to 10 mL of saline;
- During the procedure, open your mouth and breathe through your mouth;
- Tilt your body forward and your head slightly to the side;
- Position the syringe at the entrance of one nostril and press until the serum comes out of the other nostril. If necessary, adjust the position of the head until the serum enters through one and exits through the other nostril.
It is recommended to do this cleaning 3 to 4 times in each nostril, depending on the need. In addition, you can fill the syringe with more serum, as it will be eliminated through the other nostril. To finish the nasal wash, you should blow your nose after the procedure to remove as much secretion as possible. If the person finds it difficult to perform this standing procedure, they can try to do it lying down, as shown in the image below.
As an alternative to using a syringe and saline, nasal lavage can be performed with a small device developed just for this purpose, which can be purchased at pharmacies or over the internet.
How to do nasal wash in baby
To do the technique correctly, you must place the baby on your lap, facing the mirror and hold his head so that he does not turn and hurt himself. To start cleaning, you should place the syringe with about 3 mL of saline in the baby’s nostril and press the syringe quickly so that the jet of serum enters one nostril and exits naturally through the other.
When the child is already used to the nasal wash, there is no need to hold it, placing only the syringe in his nostril and pressing it next.
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Other tips to unclog your nose
Other tips for unblocking the nose include:
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer in each room of the house;
- Drink about 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day, as the water helps to dilute the mucus;
- Place a pillow under the mattress to keep your head high and make breathing easier;
- Use hot compresses on your face to relieve discomfort and open your sinuses.
Medicines to unclog the nose should only be used under medical guidance and prescription.