You have not mentioned the cause of your problem. Do you have a cold or a sinus problem? Or is it due to an injury or something else? If you have a cold and a runny nose and you're constantly rubbing or wiping your nose with a rough cloth or tissue, then that might be the reason for your problem. For this you could try using soft tissues to gently wipe your nose and not rub it. Also avoid blowing your nose, as this will make your problem worse. If you have a severe sinus and your phlegm is greenish yellow then you need medical attention and treatment so please go see a doctor soon. Besides this you could try applying pure petroleum jelly on your nose to sooth the burning and dryness caused by repeated wiping of your nose.
Besides this you can try the following home remedies:
- Take steam. Fill your bathtub with hot water (the maximum temperature you can). Close your bathroom door and windows and let your bathroom fill with steam. Then go and simply sit in the bathroom (not in the bath tub) for as long as you can. 15 to 20 minutes is usually enough. This will help to relieve the congestion, clear your nose and will help you to breathe freely.
- Have clear chicken soup with onion and garlic to relieve congestion. Onions and garlic have anti bacterial properties that help to kill the virus and boost your immune system.
- Have green tea with ginger. Sip this slowly. It will help in relieving the congestion.
- Have lots of fluids throughout the day, as this will prevent dehydration and dryness. This will reduce the burning and stinging in your nose.
- Eat fresh dark green leafy vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C like broccoli, spinach, sprouted pulses, Indian gooseberry, sweet lime, orange etc. this will help to boost your immune system and fight the infection.
- You could also try a home remedy for cold and cough made from ginger juice and honey. Take 2 teaspoons each of ginger juice and honey. Mix well and have this 2 to 3 times a day. This helps to treat the cough and cold and also soothes the irritated organs.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking as this will irritate your breathing track and cause more burning and stinging in your nose. Also avoid eating oily and spicy food, as it would increase the burning.
answered by M W on Dec 18, 2008, 4:06:31