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Is blowing your nose good for a cold?

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Blowing your nose is better than sniffling mucus back into your head. But make sure you do it the right way. If you blow hard, you'll send germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, which can lead to an earache.

Instead, press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other.

From: Home Remedies for Colds WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 4, 2016

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CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 4, 2016

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