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05th Oct 2016

This is the easiest way to clear a blocked nose

Remove one of life's great annoyances.

Alan Loughnane

The curse of a congested nose…

As we leave summer in our rear-view mirror and welcome autumn and all its leafy-with-love colouring, we also welcome the oncoming spate of colds and flus as people get caught in improper clothing for the changing elements.

There’s very few things more debilitating than a blocked nose and general congestion while in work or school. Aside from the fact that it’s going to adversely affect your mood and turn you into a grumpy bastard, the nasal tone and constant use of tissues will be enough to drive anyone (and your colleagues) mad.


There are some decongestants available on the market, which vary in effectiveness, but other than that, the masses of people just have to grin and bear it while your immune system wages war on your cold/flu at the expense of your nasal passage.

But, this new technique by Lisa DeStefano, D.O. – an associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine – could be the answer to your congestion problems.

Speaking to Men’s Health, she revealed the quickest way to get rid of a congested nose.

Using your thumb and your finger, you should press gently press the area between your eyebrows for three to four seconds, then press your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Alternate between the two actions for 20 seconds and it will make breathing through your nose easier.

Dr DeStefano also proposed another technique that may help you, but it’s not one you’re going to want to attempt in view of other people.

Insert your right baby finger into the back left of your mouth, and reach as far back behind the molar as you can and press upwards on the fleshy area there towards your eye and cheekbone.


If you do this for three seconds, Dr DeStefano says it will stimulate a group of nerves in the area and cause your nasal cavity to drain out fluid. If repeated every few hours, this technique should prove effective.

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