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Friday, January 20, 2012

I Tested it ... It Passed!

For pretty much my entire pregnancy I have dealt with a dry nose, congestion, bloody nose and a whistling nose. While it happens 24/7, it can be worse at night when I am trying to get to sleep. And as I am sure a lot of you know, there is nothing like a whistling nose when you are trying to relax. I don't know about you, but it drives me insane!

So I decided to check my options. If I wasn't pregnant, I would use decongestants among other stuff to ensure a good nights sleep. But being pregnant, I have to check the safest options. I read that Vick's Vapor Rub is safe, but I am not a big fan of that stuff unless I have a really bad cold where your nose is completely blocked when you lie down, and I am definitely not that bad.

So then I found a message board where someone mentioned using Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. You blow your nose and then take a Q-Tip, dip it in the Vaseline and put it on the inside walls of your nose. That sounded like something I could try. So two nights ago I gave it a try and it worked! My nose felt clearer, the whistling stopped and I felt like I was getting more oxygen. So just to make sure that it wasn't a fluke, I tried it again last night and it worked again! Who knew that something so simple would work so well!

There is only one negative side to using the Vaseline, and that is the initial smell of the petroleum jelly when your nose clears. But that passes pretty quickly. I have also noticed less morning nose bleeds because the Vaseline helps to keep my nose moisturized which in turn stops the bleeding caused by a dry nose.

I will continue doing this until I stop having a congested nose. It's safe and doesn't involve any medical chemicals and because I am not ingesting anything, neither is James.  :)  I love finding little home remedies!

3 comments:

  1. Another great home remedy is to stop by your local health food store or Whole Foods, etc and get a neti pot, you will flush your nose with salt water with it and basically irrigate your nose. The salt water cleans out the junk and is moisturizing. It is part of my daily hygeine routine, I've used it since the major fires that have been in the area the past 5 years. It has transformed my life. And after the initial investment of the neti pot, you can usually find them fairly cheap, all you need is tap water and sea salt, which you can find very cheap. I highly highly recommend it

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  2. Don't use tap water! You need to use previously boiled or distilled/filtered water. I've used a neti pot for years, but I recently read about a few people dying from using tap water for their neti pot. The water contained brain-eating amoeba and killed them within days. AH! But apart from that, yeah, neti pots are great; you just have to be careful with the manner in which you use them.

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  3. Neti pots actually gross me out ... I HATE water in my nose lol. But if my congestion gets worse then I may give it a go in order to keep things natural. And thank you for the comment Anonymous writer ... I will be sure to filder and/or boil the water first to keep it clean :)

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