Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Got a cold? Careful about blowing your nose.

When you're sick, and your sinuses are stuffed up, you should use caution before blowing them open, according to a NY Times myth-busting column. The risks are two-fold. On the one hand, it generates a lot of pressure, "equivalent to a person's diastolic blood pressure," said one expert. Second, you could push viruses or bacteria deeper into your sinuses and cause more problems. "The proper method is to blow one nostril at a time and to take decongestants," according to another expert.

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