A good home remedy for unclogging the nose is to do a nasal lavage with 0.9% saline solution and a needleless syringe, because with the help of the force of gravity the water enters through one nostril and leaves the other without causing pain or discomfort, eliminating the maximum of phlegm.
The nasal lavage technique is excellent for clearing upper airway secretions, but it is also a good way to keep your nose clean and useful for anyone with a respiratory allergy, rhinitis or sinusitis, for example.
Step by step of how to do a nasal lavage with saline
In adults and children this procedure should be done in the bathroom sink and the person should follow the following steps:
- Fill the syringe with about 5 to 10 ml of saline;
- During the procedure you should open your mouth and can breathe through your mouth as well;
- Bend your body forward and head slightly to the side;
- Position the syringe at the entrance of one nostril and press until the saline exits through the other nostril. If necessary, adjust the position of the head until the saline enters through one and leaves the other nostril.
It is recommended you do this procedure 3 to 4 times in each nostril depending on your needs and to finish the procedure you should blow your nose to remove as much secretion as possible. If you find any difficulty in performing this procedure standing, you can try lying down, as shown in the following image.
In addition to using the syringe and saline solution, nasal lavage can also be done with a small device called ComfyPot, which has been developed only for this purpose and can be purchased from pharmacies or on the internet.
How to do a nasal lavage in a baby
To do the technique properly you should put the baby on your lap, facing the mirror and hold his head so that he does not turn and get hurt. To start you should place the syringe in the baby's nostril and press the syringe quickly so that the stream of saline that enters one nostril can exit naturally through the other nostril. When the child is already accustomed to the nasal lavage there is no need to hold them and you just need to place the syringe in their nostril and then continue the procedure.
Other tips to unclog your nose
Other tips to clear your 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 thin out mucus;
- Place a pillow under your mattress to keep your head elevated and to facilitate breathing;
- Wear warm compresses on your face to relieve discomfort and open the sinuses.
The use of nose cleansers such as Sorine, for example, should only be used under guidance and medical prescription.