Sniffly yet again? Suffering from a sore, chafed Rudolph nose?

Image credit: Wikiphoto
Image credit: Wikiphoto

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.

Is your nose red and chafed from blowing?

There’s a bug going around the office — everyone’s been coughing, sneezing, and blowing their nose — including me!!!! I hate getting sick but I also hate that chafing, redness and irritation you get from blowing your nose. I mean, bad enough that you end up looking like Rudolph the rednosed reindeer, but now you got to feel like Rudolph the red and raw-nosed reindeer.

So tell me, how do you prevent it????

Well, here are some tips, but please do send me more tips if you have some:

1) Use soft tissue! Nothing rips up your nose like using paper towels or tissues that feel like rough paper towels! Treat your nose nicely, use something soft.

2) Don’t rub your nose with your tissue like you’ve got an itch that won’t go away. Rubbing causes trauma and also dries out the skin.

3) If you get chafing or cracks, protect your skin with vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment. Yes, there are other products that work as well but those are two that are nice and bland. Covering with this type of ointment will help the skin heal.

4) Prevention: try to loosen up your congestion. Steam, menthol sticks, menthol rubs (like Vicks Vaporub), or other medications that fight congestion can help!