Blow Nose? Or Sniff?


Asked by josie

Blow Nose? Or Sniff?

Is it better to blow your nose or to sniff? Why?


You may have heard about some studies saying that blowing your nose too forcefully could push mucus, bacteria and viruses deep into your sinuses, causing infections. Or that if you blow too hard you could perforate your eardrum.

I think you should take Kathi's advice and blow gently, since simply sniffing up the mucus doesn't really solve your runny nose problem, it'll just run back down.

Answered by JB