Whatever the time of year, a blocked up nose can be a real pain in the backside.  A blocked up nose can be caused by a cold, allergies or even certain chronic conditions.

But instead of reaching for the Lemsip, Prevention Magazine suggests trying these simple techniques first:

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Hold your breath for as long as you possibly can, then when you finally take a deep breath your sinuses will clear. Apparently this works because your brain kicks into survival mode realising you’re not getting enough oxygen, and so gets to work clearing your sinuses.

The second option is slightly more complicated, but still easily done even from an office chair.

First, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth. After you’ve done that, tap two fingers on your forehead between your eyebrows and your nose. Repeat the whole sequences (press, tap, release) again and again for about 20 seconds.

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So next time you feel the first tickles of a stuffy nose, see if either of these little tricks work.

Of course, here at London ENT we can treat the symptoms of a variety of different causes of a blocked nose including:

  • Swelling of the lining of the nose
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Collapse of the nasal valves
  • Nasopharyngeal obstruction (adenoid enlargement)
  • Nasal polyps

If we could help you breathe easily again, call us today on (0)7969 562855 to book a consultation.