I haven’t been taught how to blow nose and somewhere I read blowing out nose is bad for veins as when one blows, all the blood rush in veins X times faster. But I think I have a try nose as I have to use my finger to clean it out and even after that I feel annoyed as I breathing not clearly and irritation due to dry nose (I think). Now problem is that my son is picking this habit too as I know he see me and at a moment when I am not looking at him he picks up what I do, which I do not want as I do not want it for myself but I have to clean my nostrils as blowing won’t do anything expect to make me more irritated and sneezy. How can I make my nose not irritating and not pick my nose every time I feel obstruction or itchiness.


If your nose feels irritated and dry, you could try flushing it instead of blowing it.

There are "Neti Pots", "nasal douches" or "nasal rinse bottles" in several different forms like these:

They all work the same:

  1. Fill the bottle with warm water. The water should be filtered, destilled or boiled and cooled.
  2. Add a certain amount of salt to the water (you can buy pre-packed packages with the right amount of salt or make your own mix)
  3. Stand over a sink and put the nozzle into one nostril
  4. Turn your head slightly downward and to the side so the nostril with the nasal douch is higher than the other nostril
  5. Let the liquid flow through your nose
  6. Repeat steps 3 - 5 for the second nostril

It needs some getting used to and many people find the process uncomfortable. But it's still more comfortable than having an irritated, dry nose or a sinusitis. After you finished flushing your nose, you should blow it only gently. Blowing too hard may clog your ears.

The recipe to mix your own saline solution is this:

mix 3 teaspoons of non-iodized salt (kosher salt with no additives is best) and one teaspoon of baking soda. Store this mixture in a small clean jar. When you are ready to use it, mix a teaspoon of the mixture into 8 ounces of distilled, sterile, or previously boiled and cooled water. (source)

And another recipe to make your own solution (source):

The solution should be prepared with distilled or filtered water and a pure, non-iodized salt. I have experimented with various salt products and found that canning and pickling salt is pure (99.95% NaCl), cheap (Diamond Crystal brand cost me $1.20 for 3 lbs.), and readily available (you can buy it at any supermarket that carries canning supplies). Kosher salt is an acceptable alternative.

The amount of salt you need to add will depend upon both the volume of water you use and the texture of the salt you select (the coarser the grind, the more you need). I generally prepare 2 cups at a time and store it in a thermos next to the bathroom sink. I have achieved good, consistent results with the following recipe:

1 scant teaspoon canning and pickling salt
2 cups filtered water

Pour about 1/2 cup of this solution into a Neti pot or squeeze bottle.

Personally, I use normal cooking salt and I made a tiny measuring cup to measure the right amount of salt.

There are many advantages to using a nasal douche when you feel that blowing your nose doesn't work:

  • Irritants like dust, dirt and pollen are flushed out
  • The mucous membrane is moistened
  • You can treat allergies and infections like sinusitis without medication
  • That is fine for house use. What about office when I want to clear my nose or somewhere else? – Nofel Mar 2 at 15:44
  • @Nofel I suggest going to the bathroom (where no one can see) and picking your nose like you did before. – Elmy Mar 2 at 15:50
  • But I hate shoving finger and cleaning it. I want some other alternatives. – Nofel Mar 2 at 15:51
  • @Nofel rinsing your nose at home should keep your nose clean for a while. Maybe you don't need to clear your nose so often then. – Elmy Mar 2 at 15:58
  • Maybe. The reason I asked is I clean (in washroom) it in morning . But after 10-20 min I could feel it again. – Nofel Mar 2 at 16:01

Blowing your nose isn't bad in itself. Blowing at high pressure can cause problems (and it can be very uncomfortable). So if you blow your nose, use a low pressure.

That said, blowing can't remove everything. Once you've blown out the obstructions and there's a more-or-less clear airway, its effectiveness reduces. So we pick our noses to remove the remaining debris.

Again, not a bad habit in itself (90% of all people do it). Use a tissue or handkerchief rather than a bare finger, so you can dispose of the debris instead of smearing it everywhere.

Having a dry nose is unavoidable. There's lots of air moving through the nose, drying out the surfaces.

  • and wash your hands afterwards. – bigbadmouse Mar 4 at 15:07
  • Suppressing a sneeze from the rocket launcher for snot (aka Nose) can do a lot of damage such as hemorrhaging from the gum after dental extraction. It can break your jaw from the shear force generated. It can damage your inner ear. Blowing at high pressure can cause damage indeed....to say the least. – Old_Fossil Mar 16 at 4:37

Assuming you have no medical issue and just want to break a habit: I suggest painting your fingertips in chili extract or mint oil. It will then hurt when you try to pick your nose, without causing any actual harm. Even if it is too weak to cause pain, it will serve as a reminder to quit it.

When you get the urge to pick your nose, make a sharp physical (like snapping a rubber band) and mental note that that's not what you're gonna think about, and move your thoughts to something else. (Don't try NOT to think about picking your nose. That's not realistic. Instead, think of something else.)

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