Sadly, I managed to catch another cold this winter season last week. I guess it’s hard to avoid when you’re outnumbered by sniffly, sneezing kids at family holiday gatherings. Unfortunately, the skin can take a beating from the frequent nose blowing, leading to a chafed, red, raw nose and making the cold even more unbearable!
Well, don’t fret, here are some tips to help prevent the Rudolph nose:
1. Use tissue that is soft and lotion infused. No nose blowing with paper towels or rough toilet paper! (Not that you would right?)
2. Protect your skin with petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline ointment) or an ointment like Aveeno healing ointment, Aquaphor Healing ointment, or Vaniply Ointment after blowing your nose or whenever it starts to feel dry and raw. These double as good lip protectants since your lips might get dried out from all that mouth breathing when you’re sick.
3. After washing your face, also protect the affected areas around your nose with the above ointments.
Hang in there! Colds usually go away on their own in 1-2 weeks.