Ask the pharmacist: How can I stop a cold going to my chest?
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As part of a weekly series, in association with LloydsPharmacy, Colin Dougall from LloydsPharmacy in Glasgow answers your common medicine queries...
Colin Dougall, from LloydsPharmacy in Glasgow, gives expert advice
Q: How can I stop a cold going to my chest?
Some people are simply prone to colds going to their chests, and there's not a huge amount they can do about that. However, clearing your nose by blowing it and not sniffing may minimise the chance of the infection going further down the upper respiratory tract.
It's also important to stay well hydrated as this can help ease stuffiness and congestion.
Q: What's the best way to soothe skin that's red and chafed from nose-blowing?
The skin around the nose can become dry and inflamed from the friction of constantly blowing your nose.
Obviously, try not to rub or wipe the nose excessively with a tissue (swap to a softer tissue containing a balm or use a handkerchief) and don't use hot water or highly perfumed soap on your face as this could irritate it.
Soothe the area with a simple moisturiser for sensitive skin, or petroleum jelly, which acts as a barrier to protect and help rehydrate the skin.
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