I used to get yelled at for this…

When I was younger, people used to yell at me all the time because I wouldn’t blow my nose when I was sick with a cold.  I never saw the sense in it since it never help and sometimes made my nose more stuffy.  I would blow my nose in the shower (it all drains to the same place anyway and there are a lot worse things in there than my boogers) when my nose wouldn’t be so stuffy and only did one side at a time so it didn’t make my sinuses hurt.

Well, today I read an article that made me the one on the correct side!!!

Coughing and sneezing generated little if any pressure in the nasal cavities. But nose blowing generated enormous pressure — “equivalent to a person’s diastolic blood pressure reading,” Dr. Hendley said — and propelled mucus into the sinuses every time.

Now, I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem like a good thing.  It seems to me that you would just be putting gook into your sinuses when you should be getting it out.  It also seems counterproductive as to this day I have yet to have a sinus infection…yet all the nose blowers I know have had them on a regular basis when they had colds.

It seems the guys that did this study agree:

..it could shoot viruses or bacteria into the sinuses, and possibly cause further infection.

There you have it folks.  For all you nose blowers…that is fine with me….just leave me and my nose alone.



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