I just got my first really bad cold that resulted in a bloody nose. Not so much blood gushing out, but every time I blew my nose, bloody mucus would come out. It scared me at first, but after some researching and talking to my doctor, it sounds worse than it really is.
Unless you’ve had trauma to your nose, most nosebleeds are harmless. The vessels in your nose are close to the surface so they break easily when you blow your nose, especially if your nose is dry like it can be in the winter months.
This past week I’ve been trying numerous ways to help my nose heal faster and more comfortably. Not only did I have a stuffy nose, but it was inflamed and raw. That made breathing through my nose nonexistent. And I’m a nose breather.
First things first. Up your water intake. You want to make sure you’re keeping your body hydrated especially when you’re inside with the heater, because every part of your body gets dry.
Secondly, if you’re in bad shape, take some Sudafed. It’ll help with the decongestion and lessen the severity of the inflammation.
Third. I learned this the hard way. Blowing your nose will just reopen the wound over and over, and this turns into an endless cycle of bloody mucus blocking up my nasal passages. Today, I went the entire day without blowing my nose, because I did several things to avoid blowing my nose.
Lock yourself in the bathroom and turn the shower on hot. Turn it into a sauna and just sit in there for 10-15 minutes. If you can’t do that, bring a pot of water to a boil and then turn off the heat. Pour it in a bowl, then lean over and wrap a towel around your head and the bowl. Or if you’re awesome, you might have your own personal steam inhaler. That’ll moisturize your nose, and it’ll be less raw. If your nose is extremely raw, get a vapor inhaler. It’ll burn because you have open wounds in your nose, but oh that menthol cooling feeling. It’s bliss. That’ll help ease the soreness.
This last thing I’m about to tell you, I totally wish I thought of this. But my husband did. And I think it’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten. If you ever have a cold or stuffy nose, use a Breathe Right strip. This is the main reason why I didn’t have to blow my nose today. I wore a Breathe Right strip when I was at home, and this helped open up my nasal passages so I didn’t feel stuffed up. Of course, I probably do need to blow my nose, but it’s not necessary. This will help the inside of your nose heal faster because you’re not constantly blowing it.
If you absolutely must blow your nose, do it gently and while you’re in your makeshift steam room. This way your nose has some moisture in it, and it won’t rip itself to shreds.
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. The other part about having a cold? When the outside of your nostrils start to peel. Get some Vaniply ointment. That stuff has no scent, and you don’t need to put that much on. Plus it doesn’t “melt” after a while. Your skin actually soaks it up. You will only need to apply this a few times a day. But it doesn’t hurt if you need to apply more.
Already, I can tell my nose is getting better. I’m so relieved because I hate breathing through my mouth! I always need a huge glass of water after only a few minutes of breathing. I can’t wait to get my nose back.