How to Stop a Runny Nose (Get Rid of It Fast)
How to stop a runny nose? Three crucial steps are shown on this diagram (on the left side).
Not all people get a runny nose due to allergic rhinitis. In more rare cases, a running nose can be due to a brain trauma. In other cases, overuse of nasal sprays can lead to a running nose. Certain other foods (e.g., spices) and other irritants may also trigger this condition. Obviously, the triggers need to be avoided.
A runny nose and allergies can appear only when one's body and brain O2 levels are much less than the physiological norm (40 seconds). Usually it is even less than 20 seconds for the DIY body-O2 test. Tissue hypoxia is caused by ineffective breathing (too fast and heavy breathing). This makes the immune system weak and hypersensitive. Additional causes of low body and brain O2 are chest breathing (which reduces blood oxygenation) and mouth breathing (which leads to losses of blood levels of CO2 and nitric oxide generated in sinuses).
How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose Remedy (Breathe-Easy Exercise)
Pinch your runny nose and walk fast with your running nose pinched. (Your mouth should be closed all the time.) You need to get more arterial CO2 to dilate arteries and arterioles (CO2 is the most potent dilator of arteries and arterioles). You will probably make about 15-25 steps. While walking, you should hold your breath until a strong desire to breathe appears. Afterwards, sit down with your spine totally straight. After you release your nose, start reduced breathing (breathing less air than before this exercise). How? Instead of taking your usual big and frequent inhalations, take a smaller inhalation and using the diaphragm only. Then relax all muscles for an exhalation and repeat the cycle. Make another short inhalation and again just relax to exhale. Practice this reduced breathing while remaining relaxed.
Your purpose is to maintain air hunger (shortage of air) for several minutes with total relaxation of body muscles. If your brain and body-O2 levels are low, it is normal that your breath pattern will be frequent during this exercise. This breathing exercise "how to stop a runny nose" increases brain and body-O2 content by about 3-5 seconds.
If you practice this exercise for hours every day, you can expect quick health recovery. There are many additional lifestyle changes that help to increase brain and body O2. Study this site for more details.
How to stop a runny nose during night sleep
You need to lie on your left side or chest and relax all bodily muscles (Sleeping sitting causes less problems with a runny nose.). Pinch your nose, hold your breath until air hunger, and then follow the same instructions for reduced breathing as above. So that your nose does not get runny again, you should increase your body O2, using breathing exercises and lifestyle changes, up to 20 seconds. The same exercise will help you to fall asleep much faster too.
How to get rid of runny nose for good
These are conclusions (below) of over 100 Soviet and Russian MDs who tested and cured thousands of people with rhinitis and other conditions leading to a runny nose:
- If your body-O2 test results are more than 30 s all the time, your immune system will be much stronger, and you will not suffer from colds or the flu.
- If, in addition to the previous condition, you can avoid your allergic triggers for about 2-3 months, then this time should desensitize your immune system to your allergic triggers. Therefore, you can get rid of a runny nose and all your allergies (to tree pollen, cat proteins and all other triggers).
This is the permanent solution (how to get rid of runny nose for good) found by medical doctors to permanently solve problems with a runny nose.
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Bartley James, Nasal congestion and hyperventilation syndrome, American Journal of Rhinology, 2005 Nov-Dec; vol 19(6): p. 607-11.
Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand.
BACKGROUND: This article evaluates the prevalence of hyperventilation syndrome (HVS) in patients who continue to complain of ongoing nasal congestion, despite an apparently adequate surgical result and appropriate medical management.
METHODS: Prospective case series of 14 patients from June 2002 to October 2003 was performed. Patients, who presented complaining of nasal congestion after previous nasal surgery and who appeared to have an adequate nasal airway with no evidence of nasal valve collapse, were evaluated for HVS. When appropriate, nasal steroids and oral antihistamines also had been tested without success. Three patients had end-tidal P(CO2) levels measured and five patients underwent breathing reeducation.
RESULTS: All patients had an elevated respiratory rate (>18 breaths/minute) with an upper thoracic breathing pattern. Twelve of the 14 patients complaining of nasal obstruction had an elevated Nijmegen score indicative of HVS. An average number of 2.5 procedures had been performed on each patient. End-tidal P(CO2) levels were < or = 35 mmHg in the three patients who had expired P(CO2) levels measured. Breathing retraining was successful in correcting the nasal congestion in two of five patients.
CONCLUSION: HVS should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with nasal congestion, particularly after failed nasal surgery. One possible explanation is increased nasal resistance secondary to low arterial P(CO2) levels. Another possible explanation is reduced alae nasae muscle activity secondary to the reduced activity of serotonin-containing raphe neurons. Additional surgery may not necessarily be the answer in HVS patients complaining of nasal congestion.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
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