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Best blocked nose remedy

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dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:07:23

Any recommendations please? I've had an awful blocked nose after a runny one the last few days & need some remedies.

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lovablequalities Tue 16-Feb-21 18:09:51

Otrivine. It's the business. I get the one with a bit of green on the packet and a skoosher nozzle.

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:33:43

ooh never heard of that. will check out thank you

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DobbleDobble Tue 16-Feb-21 18:36:17

Sinutab from the pharmacy , tablets
I routinely get blocked sinuses with infection thrown in a few times a year.
Best med yet.
Btw have you covid tested?

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:39:20

I'm awaiting new test result, I was self isolating due to contact who tested positive. Had a test after that was established which was negative but now runny nose, sore throat last few days.

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TornadoOfSouls Tue 16-Feb-21 18:39:22

In the meantime, try holding your breath for as long as you possibly can (if you pinch your nose and wiggle your head around you can hold it longer) then slowly breathe out, through your nose if possible. This can drain your sinuses. Also firmly stroking from behind your ears to your collarbone.

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:39:59

I've never had such a runny/blocked nose before.

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dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:40:36

Oh wow, will give that a try. Thank you

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abc31 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:48:34

If you don't mind a slightly spluttery task, I find a neti pot with salt (preferably the pink kind but can be any salt) does a good job of clearing blocked nose and sinuses.

It looks a bit like Aladdin's lamp, you put warm salty water in it, then pour it in one side of your nose and it comes out the other side. Best done over the sink (without an audience).. but it does tend to clear a runny or blocked nose.

A more genteel approach recommended by my GP is Sterimar (available at chemists) with puts a little spray of salt water up your nostrils.

ihearttc Tue 16-Feb-21 18:53:13

I’d also advise getting a Covid test, that’s exactly how mine started.

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:56:42

I might need to do the genteel approach as i'm a clutz so cant see me doing the other way right.

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dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 18:58:07

@ihearttc can I ask how it developed, other symptoms, length etc?

The colleague I was in contact with didn't have a runny nose but high temperature & exhaustion which I've not experienced yet.

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HarrietSchulenberg Tue 16-Feb-21 18:59:43

Olbas oil. It stinks but it's great. Or Vicks.

ihearttc Tue 16-Feb-21 19:00:36

Both me and my son both just had a really blocked nose for about 4 days. No temperature or cough. Then my nose felt odd (I can’t explain the feeling) and I began aching all over.

I’m day 11 now and I’ve still had no cough or temperature. My nose still feels strange though.

Lindy2 Tue 16-Feb-21 19:01:39

I find a hot bath with lots of steam helpful.

I'm just recovering from Covid and my initial symptoms were blocked sinuses/nose too. I hope you get lucky and test negative.

SamanthaJayne4 Tue 16-Feb-21 19:02:59

I agree with Vicks. Either the tub or the stick which you put up your nose and inhale. I take Sudafed but it doesn't agree with some people. It gives them palpitations. It doesn't for me, just clears my nose.

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 19:06:23

Been using Olbas & Vicks but not having much luck.

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Laiste Tue 16-Feb-21 19:07:51

Olbas oil and vicks.

Drip the olbas oil on a cloth (t towel?) and drape it under your chin. Sprinkle a bit on your pillow if you're in bed.

Vicks - rub in on your neck/chest/upper back.

The whole street will smell it all but your nose will clear grin

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 19:08:17

@ihearttc interesting, my symptoms started Thursday & I did have a bad chesty cough, shivers (felt like flu basically) but my nose is still annoying & I feel very bunged up

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Laiste Tue 16-Feb-21 19:09:00


Been using Olbas & Vicks but not having much luck.


Are you steaming with olbas as well as dripping it on stuff near your face?

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 19:09:12

@Lindy2 can I ask how it developed & how long you were i'll?

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dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 19:09:41

Haven't streamed to be fair so will do that

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Laiste Tue 16-Feb-21 19:16:08

I can remember my dad using something really foul smelling to steam with when he suffered with being bunged up. Turned the water orangey.

For the life of me can't remember what it was called but bloody hell it was strong.


Laiste Tue 16-Feb-21 19:21:41

Friers Balsam!!

You can still get it in it's more modern incarnation:

dinglehopper1 Tue 16-Feb-21 19:24:58

good memory I think my gran had that!

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