How to Avoid a Red Nose During Cold & Flu Season

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The most obvious sign that you are sick is a bright, red nose. Whether you have a cold or a runny nose as the result of the flu, your nose needs extra tender love and care.

I participated in the Pass The Puffs blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.

How to Avoid a Red Nose During Cold & Flu Season

According to the CDC, 2014/2015 has been one of the worst seasons for influenza. In fact, the Cleveland area is still on high alert. How is your area?  The majority of my friends and family have been affected, it’s just been a really rough season.

A dry, red nose can get so painful that it hurts to blow your nose – this is an increased problem with kids. No wonder they don’t want us to wipe their nose – it hurts when it is red!

There are many causes of a red nose, let’s talk about how to avoid it altogether.

  1. Use Puffs Plus Tissues
    Skip the cheap tissues, toilet paper, napkins, etc. Use the Puffs Plus Lotion tissues every time .Keep stocked up every time – even if you don’t have a severe runny nose, every time you use a harsh tissue, you are breaking away the healthy skin, leading to a red nose with more frequent use. Don’t wait until your nose is as red as Rudolph to get the good stuff.
  2. Blow Your Nose Gently
    Blow your nose one nostril at a time to avoid adding pressure to your nasal cavities that could lead to infection. Blow thoroughly as opposed to wiping often, to avoid causing skin irritation, burning, and redness.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    Stay hydrated with plenty of water, juice, broth, and tea. Avoid caffeinated drinks that can dehydrate your body. A warm drink like tea with honey helps with congestion too.
  4. Cover Your Nose Outside
    Cover your face when going outside in the cold and wind with a scarf. The scarf will protect your skin as well as your sinuses since you will be exhaling and breathing in air that is moist, giving your sinuses a break from producing moisture on its own.
  5. Use a Humidifier
    Forced indoor air is very dry, which can cause your nose to run, which leads to blowing and wiping. My son also gets bloody noses when the air is dry, causing even more problems. By running a humidifier in the rooms you are in most, this will solve a lot of the issues.
  6. Inhale Steam
    Unblock your nose with steam – a warm shower or leaning over a bowl of warm water with a towel over your head will help unblock your nose and clear your nose of congestion. This makes it easier to blow your nose.
  7. Use a Topical Treatment
    Use a topical treatment like Vicks under your nose. This will help alleviate your stuffy nose and reduce your need to blow and irritate your nose. Avoid petroleum jelly that can be inhaled into your lungs and lead to pneumonia.

Always contact your doctor if you have a fever, sore throat, or have symptoms that linger. This may be a sign of a bacterial infection that needs medical treatment.

Pass the Puffs

I put Puffs Plus Lotion Tissues as the #1 way to avoid a red nose because it has the most bang for the buck! Puffs Plus is super soft on your nose and won’t irritate your nose like ordinary tissues that can feel like sandpaper to a red, sore nose.

How to Avoid a Red Nose During Cold & Flu Season
How to Avoid a Red Nose During Cold & Flu Season – Puffs Plus Lotion

You can feel the difference with Puffs Plus Lotion tissues. They contain a touch of Shea Butter, Aloe and Vitamin E in each tissue. No wonder it is the only national brand that is dermatologist tested to be gentle on skin.

How to Avoid a Red Nose During Cold & Flu Season

Besides the infused lotion, Puffs Plus Lotion tissues are more cushiony and thick than ordinary tissues. The Air-fluffed™ pillows in each tissue not only feels good but it traps the mucus and germs inside the tissue – not on your hand!

I started buying Puffs Plus Lotion years ago when my kids were babies. Their noses would get bright red in no time with ordinary tissues. I couldn’t stand seeing them in pain, running away from me when I tried to wipe their noses. The lotion really, really helps. The last thing you want when you have a cold or the flu is a painful, red nose. I always keep stocked up on Puffs Plus Lotion.

Get the big box for the main areas of your house – like the bathroom and kitchen. Then, keep smaller cubes in other areas of your house like the living room, office, and play room.

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