Nosebleeds are a common disturbing nuisance in our particular climate. The peak time for nosebleeds occurs between September and April every year when we turn on the heat, and thus, make our homes dry. That dryness of the nasal cavity lining promotes itching and rubbing of the nose, which then leads to broken blood vessels on the inside of the front of the nose. Some people have allergies and itchy noses year-round, and bloody noses year-round.
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Informative brochure on What Is Allergy?, Allergic Rhinitis, Allergy vs. Cold, and ways to Help Yourself can be viewed here.
When you rinse your nose with this salt water and baking soda mixture, it washes crusts and other debris from your nose.
Salty water pulls fluid out of the swollen membranes of your nose. This decongests the nose and improves air flow. Not only does this make breathing easier, but it helps open the sinus passages.
Studies show that this mixture of concentrated salt water and baking soda (bicarbonate) helps the nose work better and moves mucus out of the nose faster.
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How Common is Snoring?
One out of every four people is a habitual snorer. The problem is more frequent in males and the overweight, and worsens with age.
What Causes Snoring?
Modern medical science has discovered that snoring is often related to physical obstructive breathing during sleep. This physical obstruction occurs when the muscles of the palate, the uvula, and sometimes the tonsils relax during deep sleep, and act as vibrating noise-makers when the air of breathing moves across them.
Dealing with morning sneezing and hacking
In sleep the body temperature is lowered and the cilia that defend the body do less work, so the dust accumulates.
On awakening, the body wants to get rid of that dust and at the same time warm the body. So, especially if one is allergic, the person sneezes and coughs. This certainly warms the body but then a “cascade” starts that is hard to stop.
So, to avoid morning sneezing, have hot tea before you get out of bed. This can be from a Thermos or a hot plate, or a loving mate. But it will reduce the morning symptoms. It is better if the bedroom has little dust producing objects: Avoid overstuffed furniture, goosedown pillows, wall to wall carpeting and any perfume or mothflakes or things with an odor. Best to have the bedroom as bare as possible. Use throw rugs you can wash every 6 weeks.