When spring comes, one of the usual medical problems that people have to deal with is allergies. With spring come plenty of pollen and an outburst of insects that can cause allergies. The weather is also quite windy, conducive for moving the dust mites around the house. If you are having runny nose or nasal congestion because of your allergies, here are some steps to clear up your nasal pathways.
- Preparing the mixture. You can actually use a homemade saline solution to clean up the allergies in your nose. All you need to do is to take approximately eight ounces of water and pour it into a soft and squeezable bottle. Warm water will work, although you need to make sure that it has been warmed up slightly. Remember, you will be placing the water into your nose, and water that is too cold is going to be very uncomfortable. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of plain rock salt into the water and shake the bottle well.
- Blow your nose. Before using the saline solution, it is best if you clear up your nose by blowing it into a tissue. Do this at least twice, so that the nasal passage will be completely free of any substances that can interfere with the flow of the saline solution. If you have very runny nose, however, do not expect that you can blow out your nose and get all of the nasal drip out. If you have very irritated nostrils that are read and swollen, do not blow your nose since this can be even more painful.
- Applying the solution. After blowing your nose, go to the sink and lean so that you can pour some of the solution onto your left nostril. Do this until half of the contents of the bottle have been used up. While applying the solution, you may feel some of the saline coming out of your mouth. To prevent this, make sure that you open up your mouth and that you continuously say “see.” Do this for both the left and the right nostril, separately. At first, you will feel rather uncomfortable. This is perfectly normal. Make sure that you breathe in through your mouth, otherwise you may get some of the saline solution into your lungs.
- Checking the results. After you have applied the saline solution, your nose should have cleared up considerably and any allergens such as pollen, which may have been trapped in your nostrils, should be gone. Keep in mind, however, that you should also consider the extent of your allergies. Some people are very sensitive and saline solutions alone are not able to remove or reduce the allergies. If this is the case, make sure that you have the appropriate prescribed medication. Remember, saline solutions are meant to supplement and complement the actual allergy medication that you are taking. The saline solution will not fully replace your medication.
With these steps, you should be able to use a saline solution to clear up the nasal passage. This should help reduce the swelling and redness caused by airborne allergies.