Question: Is Vicks good for blocked nose?

Answer From Jay L. Hoecker, M.D. Vicks VapoRub — a topical ointment made of ingredients including camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol that you rub on your throat and chest — doesnt relieve nasal congestion.

How long can a blocked nose last?

It can take up to four weeks to recover completely, but your symptoms will begin to clear up after about seven days. An acute sinus infection caused by bacteria lingers longer and will likely need medical treatment to heal.

Is sniffing or blowing your nose better?

In such circumstances, it is best to blow the nose rather than sniff to avoid anything harmful getting deeper into the airway. Deeper inside the nasal cavity, glandular cells are constantly active and can make more than a litre of mucus in 24 hours.

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