Tricks for Clearing a Stuffy Nose

We’re coming up on the holidays, which means everyone’s about to get sick again.  And one of the most annoying parts of being sick is not being able to breathe through your nose.

Here are a few tricks we found online that supposedly help, and only take a few seconds.

The first two come from Men’s Health:

1.  Use your thumb to gently press between your eyebrows for three to four seconds.  Then let go, and thrust your tongue against the roof of your mouth.

It targets two bones in your face that shift back and forth, and push fluid out your sinuses.  Do it four or five times in a row, and you should be able to breathe better.

2.  Shove your right pinky into the back left side of your mouth, behind your last molar.  Then push up toward your eye and cheekbone, and hold it for three seconds.  It stimulates a group of nerves connected to your nasal cavity, and helps drain fluid.

Apparently it works best if you do it every few hours.

And someone on Reddit says they have the perfect tips for a stuffed-up nose. Be careful with this one, because it involves holding your breath and all.

“Step 1: Breathe in deeply.

Step 2: Slowly exhale all of your air and hold your breath until you are on empty.

Step 3: Pinch your nose to avoid cheating.

Step 4: Rock your head back and fourth slowly taking 2 seconds from looking at the sky to looking at the ground.

Step 5: Do it until you absolutely need a breath.

Step 6: Enjoy your clear nose.”

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