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(Lifehacker)   Cure a stuffy nose with an ice cube ... no thanks, I would rather have the stuffy nose   (lifehacker.com) divider line 21
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2013-09-10 09:26:20 PM
It has come to this: I am taking medical advice from some goofus on Reddit.

Can't deny the logic though. Definitely looking into this.

/damn reddit
 
2013-09-10 10:17:59 PM
Ok... but I don't think that's gonna fit up there...

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2013-09-10 10:21:32 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... but I don't think that's gonna fit up there...

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Mmmpgh?
 
2013-09-10 10:39:37 PM

Candygram4Mongo: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... but I don't think that's gonna fit up there...

/5... 4... 3...

Mmmpgh?


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2013-09-11 12:16:51 AM
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Dafuq?
 
2013-09-11 12:45:37 AM
Ahhh Lifehacker: A perfect mix of cutting edge high tech info and granny's home tips.
 
2013-09-11 12:47:00 AM
I have no clue why more people don't use this. It's the only one that I know of OTC that reduces inflammation instead of just being a decongestant. When there is nothing more to blow out and your still stuffed this does the trick in 3 minutes tops.
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2013-09-11 01:13:10 AM
There is something to it, I find great relief with either a popsicle or a bowl of very cold sherbet, pressing each bite against the roof of my mouth.  This relieves an allergy attack for me personally, very fast. And even if it should fail, (which it never does) hey, ice cream!  This would also work with frozen fruit chunks like strawberry or frozen grapes, etc.  No medicinal side-effects.
 
2013-09-11 01:21:55 AM
Blocked noses are caused largely by swollen blood vessels in your nasal cavity, so getting some ice near them will cause them to contract a little.

...no.

Nope, no.  Neeeeeeope.  Not even remotely close.

No.

Ice is good for injury-related inflammation, or inflammation where the stimulus is no longer present (some types of burn, etc).  If you're  still breathing through the nose and picking up the pollen or whatever allergen, it's just going to swell in compensation, because the control is designed not to stop until complete inflammation has been achieved or the irritant/injury is lessened.

//Not that ice won't maybe make you feel better, that's entirely believable.  But it won't fix the problem.

//That said,  hydration or filtering will sometimes fix the problem, and with an ice-cube in your mouth you're essentially water-filtering your breath once it's melted a bit.  So... possibly a case of real solution, stupid explanation?  Like saying that a vaccine can help prevent Polio because it displaces some of your sanguine humours with Choleric or whatever.
 
2013-09-11 01:25:43 AM
I wear a surgical mask any time I'm in public. That and gargling when I get to work and when I return home helps keep me relatively cold and flu free.

For allergies, I take Allegra. Thank goodness it's available OTC in 70 tablet bottles now.
 
2013-09-11 02:35:06 AM
Jim_Callahan
Blocked noses are caused largely by swollen blood vessels in your nasal cavity, so getting some ice near them will cause them to contract a little.

...no.

Nope, no. Neeeeeeope. Not even remotely close.


Yeah, yes. Yeeeeeep. Pretty much nailed it.
A majority of decongestants work by making the blood vessels contract.
Cold is just another stimulant for achieving this.

I don't know about ice-cubes in the mouth, but you can achieve a little short-term relief this way by pouring cold water over the sinuses.
But besides it being only short-term, there could be a problem with the application of cold in this case because bloodflow usually increases rapidly once you stop cooling because the body tries to "reheat" the cold areas. Physiotherapists sometimes use that effect, i.e. they actually stimulate/increase local circulation by applying cold instead of heat like one would intuitively do.

with an ice-cube in your mouth you're essentially water-filtering your breath once it's melted a bit

Even if there's such a thing as "water-filtering your breath through your mouth", such filtering wouldn't do much if your nose is stuffy because of viruses (i.e. a cold) and not an allergy (which seems what you were focusing on).
But drinking the water will help in that case because it'll help keeping the mucus membrane moist and nose runny instead of stuffy.
 
2013-09-11 04:03:09 AM
I suffered from dust related allergies a lot when I was a kid and frequently got an inflammation blocked nose.

Dunking my face in a bowl of cold water was the only thing I found that would unblock it.
 
2013-09-11 05:14:42 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... but I don't think that's gonna fit up there...

 

To be fair, subby didn't say cure your own stuffy nose.
 
2013-09-11 07:05:53 AM

The Voice of Doom: I don't know about ice-cubes in the mouth, but you can achieve a little short-term relief this way by pouring cold water over the sinuses.
But besides it being only short-term, there could be a problem with the application of cold in this case because bloodflow usually increases rapidly once you stop cooling because the body tries to "reheat" the cold areas.


Thing is, if your sinuses are already inflamed, you're kinda screwed.

If you have allergies you've got to keep the allergens out of your system.  This is a dosage issue to an extent, which is why pollen levels are monitored.  The thing is it's very common to wear filter masks in Asia (even in Japan where air quality isn't bad), but I guess here people would rather be absolutely miserable than look a little silly around people they don't even know.  As for getting sick, I used to catch all sorts of colds and flus flying around the country as part of my last job.  Learned to keep my nasal passages moist.  In a pinch (the sort of "I have just enough time to go to the bathroom before my next flight" pinch) I'd place droplets of water under my nose and snort them.  Stings a bit but it's infinitely better than getting sick.  Lately I've started carrying around an emptied perfume bottle filled with water (yes it looks silly but again I don't give a shiat); if I feel my sinus-sense tingling I'll spritz mist up my nose until the mucous membranes are soaked.  I don't remember the last time I caught a cold.

P.S. Don't even bother with those immune system boosters.  They're overpriced placebos.  The key to avoid getting sick is preventing proliferation of pathogens; your nasal passages' defense against proliferation is a slow flow of mucous that traps and carries away gunk, analogous to tree sap.  It needs moisture to do that, not vitamins.  When your nasal passages dry out, the flow stops, and the bugs party.
 
2013-09-11 09:31:52 AM
I had to have surgery on my sinuses a few years ago.  I have to say that having an ice cube in your mouth did wonders for clearing out your sinus and alleviating any pressure.  I actually thought this was common knowledge...
 
2013-09-11 09:40:59 AM
You can also try this, and yes. It does work. A hair dryer. Put it on low power, and keep it back from your face so you don't get a burn. Take a deep breath through your nose.
It will dry out your nasal passages.

Lots of empirical data so I am not going to post a link but google it. Docs at Harvard even recommend it.

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2013-09-11 11:10:25 AM

mrlewish: I have no clue why more people don't use this. (4-way nasal spray) It's the only one that I know of OTC that reduces inflammation instead of just being a decongestant. When there is nothing more to blow out and your still stuffed this does the trick in 3 minutes tops.


It does indeed work. Problem is, if you use it more than a couple of days your nose can be conditioned to not work without it. Happened to me once. Took about 2 weeks of no use (during which time my nose felt like it was full of concrete) for my nose to return to normal function. The doctor said it's a very common occurrence.

So I don't do the nasal sprays any more unless it's plain ol' saline.
 
2013-09-11 12:11:17 PM
I've heard that brain freeze will cure a migraine.  I guess it works on the same principle.  But I can't ever seem to give myself brain freeze on command so I'm stuck with meds.
 
2013-09-11 12:27:20 PM
The perfect cure for a warm G&T maybe
 
2013-09-11 12:29:29 PM
Yeah, kimchi fried rice covered with spicy pork did it for me last time.
 
2013-09-11 10:16:34 PM

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Dafuq?


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Dafuq?

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