Do you usually get hit with a wave of dizziness during or immediately after blowing your nose and can’t get the idea of cancer out of your mind?

“Dizziness when you blow your nose is not due to cancer,” begins Susan L. Besser, MD, with Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, and Diplomate American Board of Obesity Medicine and board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

True Cause of Dizziness Related to Blowing the Nose

Dr. Besser explains, “It is due to sudden blood pressure changes. When you blow your nose, a phenomenon called Valsalva happens.

“The forceful nose blow causes the blood pressure in the chest to rise for a few seconds.

“This causes a drop in the ability of the blood to return to the heart, which causes you to get dizzy or faint for a few seconds until the pressure equalizes. dizzy

“It is not a cancer problem, although anything that causes problems with blood flow (either a blockage from arteriosclerosis or a mass compressing the blood vessels) can cause the same effect.”

Forceful blowing of the nose can also cause it to bleed because the blowing ruptures tiny blood vessels. This, too, is not caused by cancer.

Make a point of being more gentle when blowing your nose. If forcefulness is the only way to “get everything out,” then you should try a nasal irrigation system such as Navage.

This will moisten and loosen up all the gunk in there, making it easier to expel, requiring less forcefulness.

The Navage device (simple to use) eliminates the hassle of water running down your face that often happens when using a neti pot.

Navage also means you can keep your head perfectly upright instead of bending over uncomfortably as with neti pot use.

Sleeping with a humidifier near your head may also prevent dryness from causing you to awaken with sinuses packed with dried chunks of mucous.

Dr. Besser provides comprehensive family care, treating common and acute primary conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Her ongoing approach allows her the opportunity to provide accurate and critical diagnoses of more complex conditions and disorders.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  


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