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How to cure whistling noses

Updated February 21, 2017

A whistling nose makes every breath a persistent source of irritation for the sufferer and those nearby, especially in a quiet setting. Usually caused by an airflow restriction in the nasal passage, whistles are more common during allergy and flu season. Temporary nose whistles are usually easy to clear; however, noises stemming from a deviated or perforated septum may require surgery or corrective treatment by an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Place the tips of your fingers on top of your cheekbones and pull the skin tight over your nose. Take a few breaths through your nose and release the skin. The whistle should disappear if it was caused by temporary nasal congestion. This exercise is easy to perform quickly in the bathroom if you discover a nasal whistle.

Thoroughly blow your nose, making sure to clear each nostril. A restriction in nasal airflow due to excess mucus often leads to whistling and other breathing sounds. Clearing your nose removes or dislodges restrictions, letting you breath quietly and easily.

Purchase a sinus or nasal decongestant spray from your local chemist, applying the product as instructed. Special ingredients help break up blockages, reduce swelling and free up your breathing, reducing the likelihood of whistles and difficulty breathing.

Make an appointment with your doctor if the whistle lasts more than a few days or if it remains after your cold or allergies clear up. Chronic whistling may be the result of perforations in the nasal septum, the cartilage wall separating your nostrils. An ear, nose and throat specialist will be able to advise on your specific condition.

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