A great home remedy to unclog the nose is to perform a nasal wash with 0.9% saline water with help of a syringe without a needle. Due to gravity, the water will enter one nostril and out through the other, without causing any pain or discomfort, eliminating maximum phlegm and dirt.
The nasal washing technique is excellent for eliminating secretions from the upper airways and it is also a good way of keeping the nose clean. It is recommended for those who have respiratory allergy, rhinitis or sinusitis.
Step by step nasal washing with serum
For adults and children, the procedure should be performed in the bathroom sink and the following steps should be followed:
- Fill the syringe with about 5 to 10 mL of saline water
- During the procedure, open the mouth and also breathe through the mouth
- Tilt the body forward and the head slightly to the side;
- Position the syringe at the inlet of one snarin and press until the serum exits through the other nostril. If necessary, adjust the positioning of the head until the serum comes in one and exits through the other nostril.
It is advisable to do this cleaning at least 3 to 4 times a day in each nostril, depending on the need. In addition, the syringe can be filled with more serum after each use. To finalise the nasal washing, the nose should be blown after the procedure so as to remove as much secretion as possible. If the person encounters difficulty performing this procedure while standing, the can try to do it while lying down.
An alternative method is to using a special device that can be purchased from the pharmacies and it is specially made to perform this purpose.
How to do nasal washing in the baby
To do this technique correctly, place the baby on your lap, facing the mirror and hold its head so that it does not turn and get hurt. To begin the cleaning, place about 3ml of saline in the baby’s nostril then press the syringe suddenly, so that the serum can enter one nostril and come out through the other one.
Other tips for unclogging the nose
Other tips for unclogging the nose include:
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer in each room of the house
- Drink about 1.5 to 2 litres of water per day, as water helps dilute mucus
- Place a pillow under the mattress to keep your head elevated and facilitate breathing
- Use hot compresses on the face to relieve discomfort and open the sinuses
Nose-free medicine should only be used under medical guidance and prescription.