Maybe it is just me, but I seem to get bloody noses every winter. It seems to be a combination of my allergy medication (I know, right, allergies in the winter too?! Yep, I get to deal with them year round; yay me!) and spending so much time in the dry indoors where the heat is pretty much on all the time due to the frigid temps outside. This past couple of weeks, my issue has been complicated by the fact that I have taken up swimming to prepare for a couple of Triathlons this summer. So now I have allergy meds being shot up my nose, I’m inhaling dry air, AND get to have chlorine water sloshing around my nostrils as I swim. This has created a huge bloody mess for me. I’ve been putting up with the normal winter bloody nose for years, but this combination has made this winter’s bloody nose beyond ridiculous.
When I went to the pharmacy to pick up my allergy prescription last week, I decided to ask the pharmacist if she had any suggestions. I was waiting to hear, “No, it’s just part of dealing with the dry air in the winter,” but instead she gave me the solution! Woohoo! She told me to spray saline spray up my nose and then follow that by putting vaseline on a q-tip and gently swab the inside of my nose to keep the moisture in. So, I headed immediately to the drug aisle and loaded up on some saline nasal spray and vaseline.
As soon as I got home that evening, I put her recommendation to the test. I decided to use my allergy nose spray in the morning and then use her suggestion at night (she also suggested not using the saline/vaseline combo close to the time you use your allergy nose spray). And viola, after night one of doing what she suggested, it WORKED! I was shocked! I figured it would take at least a few days to heal my poor nose, but nope, it just took one night! From this winter on, I will be sticking to my new morning and night regime to keep my nose happy. 🙂
So there you have it folks! A quick, easy, and CHEAP solution to the bloody winter nose!