Slight colds contribute  to asthma symptoms. Every time you blow your nose, some  carbon  dioxide is lost. Blowing your nose  too  much  will result  in  an  excessive loss of  carbon dioxide. This will lead to an increase  in the  production  of mucus, and you will then blow your nose to clear the mucus, resulting  in a further  loss of carbon  dioxide, which will in turn create more mucus. Blowing the nose can be the cata- lyst for a vicious circle of nose clearing, carbon dioxide loss and mucus creation.


✦   Try not  to blow your nose  but, if you must, do so only when absolutely necessary.

✦   Blow your nose gently. Blowing your nose forcibly causes a greater  loss of carbon dioxide and can also exacerbate sinus or ear problems.

✦   After blowing  your nose, hold  your breath  for a period equal to roughly half the length of your control pause.

✦   Reduce your breathing.

✦   For a child, do a set of Steps as outlined in an earlier blog entry.

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