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How to Get Rid of a Stuffy or Runny Nose Instantly (Within 1 Minute)

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How to Clear a Stuffy or Runny Nose In 1 Minute

It’s not much fun to have a blocked nose. You can’t breathe properly and sleeping can become a painful experience and the only thing you can think of is how to get rid of your stuffy nose quickly.

A runny nose can be just as annoying, even embarrassing, especially when you’re surrounded by people and all your attention is put on constantly blowing your nose and cleaning your face. In addition, sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears and cause popping, clicking or crackling sounds. The feeling of fullness in the ears can be annoying and you may also have a sensation that there is water in your ears.


To deal with nasal congestion, most people reach for over-the-counter nasal sprays. But there are disadvantages to using chemical substances. To begin with, these sprays are drugs, so they come with side effects and can be addictive.

It’s much better to master an approach that is less invasive and, in many cases, more effective. The simple technique I present in this article is based on acupressure. It uses gentle pressure to four points of the face to help you clear your stuffy nose fast.

How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose Instantly

Follow the instructions and see how your nose reacts.

General instructions:

  • Use your fingertips to apply gentle pressure.
  • Use round movements – the movement is a pushing-releasing type of rotation.
  • You should not feel any pain.
  • Do the cycle 3 times.

Point 1:

  • Point 1 is located on a cavity at the corner of the nostrils – it’s the bottom part of your nostrils.
  • Gently push the nostrils together with a rotating movement. As you do this, you almost close, and then open the nostrils.
  • Perform the movement 10 times.
  • Make sure not to push on the nose cartilage. You’re only pressing the bottom part of the nostrils.

Point 2:

  • Point 2 is located just below the corner of the eyes, near the nose, where the tears come out.
  • Perform a gentle rotation at this point 10 times. Don’t lift your fingers, but just move the skin, so you feel the corner of your eye as you push.

How to clear your nose in 1 minute


Point 3:

  • Point 3 is behind your earlobe, at the bottom part of the ear, in the cavity just below the cartilage.
  • Push and release the point 10 times, without applying pressure to the cartilage. The rotation you do is not wide, but a subtle movement.

Point 4:

  • The last point is the earlobe itself.
  • Gently massage the earlobe 10 times.

How to clear your nose in 1 minute

After going through the above four acupressure points three times, you should feel immediate symptom relief. For best results, repeat the procedure again after 10 minutes.

The described technique is simple, safe, can be done anywhere and anytime, and comes at no cost. It is also a good and empowering experience to be able to use your own body to heal yourself. If successful, pass it on, and help other people control and use their bodies better, too.

I would love to hear back from you about the results of using this simple technique.

You can also use natural remedies to get rid of stuffy nose and you can read about them in my post about the best home remedies for blocked or stuffy nose.

If you suffer from other related illnesses you may want to refer to my other articles:

Jenny Hills

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80 Responses to How to Get Rid of a Stuffy or Runny Nose Instantly (Within 1 Minute)

  1. Brenda Sullivan says:

    do you have a remedy for dry sinuses?

  2. Sudarshan BK says:

    Thanks for sharing “How to Clear a Stuffy or Runny Nose In 1 Minut”
    From yesterday I had sever cold… I just happened to see this article well I tried all your 4 steps trust me it worked.
    I felt 1st point which you shared had maximum releif to me well it may depend from person to person.
    I am really trilled after this……
    Thank you once again

    • Rose says:


  3. Mio Cabeza says:

    What recommendations do you have for nasal drip?

    • Jenny says:

      Nasal drip can result from various things like cold and flu, allergies, sinusitis, cold weather, certain medications etc. You can try this acupressure technique or use saline nasal sprays or nasal irrigation (such as a neti pot) to flush excess mucus, bacteria, allergens, and other irritating substances out of the sinuses. If it’s allergic reaction, remove allergens from the environment when possible. Also a humidifier can add moisture to the air, which relieves the irritation in the nasal cavity. Nasal drip usually clears up on its own, but you need to see your doctor if it persist for more than 10 days or if you have other symptoms like high fever or sinus pain which may be a sign of an infection.

      • Pam says:

        I just want to share how my father cured his nasal drip, you might laugh but it worked, he was told to wear Bereai in cold weather, because he was going bald it was the cold on top of his head. Just thought I would share it might help someone

  4. Bianca Palage says:

    I like to use facial cupping to clear my sinuses and I use it on my clients as well. I found a great professional and at home system from and it’s really easy to use. Thanks for a great article! 🙂

  5. Heather says:

    it didn’t work for me. Point one hurt because my nose is so raw and point three was really tender and kept popping for some reason. I wasn’t pressing hard, so I am not quite sure why. Nose is still stuffy and now my ear is crackling when I move my jaw certain ways. 🙁

    • ZNH says:

      I wonder if xylitol gum would work for you like it did for me. Xylitol is supposed to help the eustscian tubes drain and that relieved me of serious sinus and ear problems. Within an hour of chewing that gum a big glob of stuff dislodged and moved down the throat and I could immediately hear clearly again and sinus’ started to clear up nicely. I got this kind of gum at Whole Foods

    • Peg says:

      I had the same issue at first. I covered my raw skin in Vaseline. I just kept doing the pressure points gently and by the end of the day I really did feel better. I also just packed my nose full of Kleenex while at home allone so I would not have to wipe it anymore. The Vaseline helped a lot.

    • Ava says:

      It didn’t work for me either 🙁 i did what they said, but i don’t know what i did wrong. 🙁

  6. Ejike says:

    This is amazing! Thank you. It worked like a miracle!

  7. Julie yager williams says:

    This works awsome!!!I’ve had sinus allergy and sinus infections numerous times a year for as long as I can remember . I’ve been on all kinds of meds that don’t work for any length of time or in most cases not at all. This actually worked and I was able to close my mouth and breathe thru my nose and I was blown away how simple and effective it was.please send me information on chronic back and neck pain from a fractured back from car accident, also ulcerative colitis, ⬆️ cholesterol,chronic constipation.Do you offer a book on natural remedies and if so I would be seriously interested in one please!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Julie, you can use the “search” option in the website to look for articles in certain subjects. It is located in the upper right hand site (or at the bottom in certain mobile devices).

    • Caroline Nolan says:

      Thank you so much for your tips on blocked nose.i tried the 4 steps and repeated a few times and after less than 10 minutes I was able to breath normal and sleep like a baby.after hours of trying to sleep it was a breath of fresh air to find your article.thanks again its great to find something that really works.Caroline

  8. Jaime says:

    I’ve been suffering with a cold for several weeks. These acupressure points gave me immediate relief! Thank you so much.

  9. Lawrence says:

    I have often used this technique along with a nasal rinse to subdue nasal issues.
    I suffer from chronic allergies to dust/ bed mites and tall grass pollen. This technique along with a good round of nasal rinses has always work for me. I find it much more effective than most nasal sprays. For a dry nasal I recommend using saline spray as it is just sterilized water and does what nature intends water to do. thanks for a great article.

  10. Marizel Carrera says:

    This works for me. Instant relief. Thanks for the info.

  11. Chris says:

    Inversions also offer immediate relief – 30 seconds will buy you anywhere up to an hour.

  12. Neetu Singh says:

    It really works…thanks a ton

  13. Harshit Rai says:

    Thanks it works!!!!

  14. Tushar vaibhav says:

    I’m in the mid night n can’t sleep of nose blocked but thanks as it actually works thanks a ton !!!

  15. Launa says:

    Oh snap!It works😄😄😘

  16. CrazyIsland says:

    Holy cow! This worked. Was laying here miserable & happened to see this article. I can breathe again! Without coma inducing NyQuil! Thank you!!!

  17. Caiser says:

    Thanks it worked for me!

  18. Patti Heimlich says:

    Great Article! I’m a massage therapist and specialize in working with pregnant women. They of course want to avoid medications while pregnant. I’ve used these points for over 20 years and they work amazingly. Use it on myself as I have allergies.

  19. Tammy says:

    It really works. Instant relief! I can close my mourh and breathe. Thk you.

  20. Joanne says:

    WOW!!! Thankyou so much! #INSTANT RELIEF!!!

  21. Donna says:

    Thanks for the solution. I have been using it today and I see some progress.

  22. Mike C says:

    Thank you so much, I actually needed to repeat twice but I am breathing so much better!

  23. Gail Giddings says:

    Sadly, it didn’t work for me. But in fairness, I just saw a ENT doc the other day, and he said I have a malformed septum (?) and surgery might (might!) help. If you have any further ideas, I would be open to them, as I do not wish to have the surgery, especially when there’s no guarantee, or even good odds that it would help. It’s really something I wish would get better. God bless.

    • Anna s says:

      It sounds like you have a deviated septum. Most people do, but some people have it severely like me. I’m getting septumplasty to fix it and have heard very good results. You just want to make sure that you are older then sixteen so you have a better chance of breathing better. Hope this help, and try doing a little research on septumplasty and its risks. Good luck.

  24. Kenni D says:

    I suffer from serious runny nose all through the year and normally get allergy shots to help maintain it but I haven’t been getting the shots lately so my allergy symptoms are returning. Doing these techniques instantly helped, although it seemed only for a few minutes at most.

  25. ashwini says:

    Thanks a ton I suffered a lot with nose block in midnight your article help me to sleep thanks

  26. stefan cioatara says:

    Hi my name is Stefan , my boy is 7 1/2 old and he was talking late , now he is talking but logoped said that we need to work more on focus , is in first class now in a private school and for example when he write a letter and we ask him he said another letter but be know the letter . Some parts of his brain i think is inactive and we make all test for all his senses all are perfects , but we need something like to activate some parts, i dont know what to say just i wait for any advice !!!
    Thank you very much!!

  27. Raymond says:

    IT WORKS!!!

  28. Courtney Johnson says:

    Surprisingly this worked! But does the stuffy/runny nose come back shortly after or is it just totally gone?

  29. selina says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this my blocked nose has been there for days now been using Vic to help me breath but this is so much better feel great I can breath throw my nose seriously it really works good note sleep for me thanks again for

  30. Kate says:

    Can’t believe this actually worked, thanks a lot! Maybe I can get to sleep now.

  31. Sumaia says:

    I was suspicious when I read these tips, but after trying them out I’m amazed that it works!!! Now I can sleep peacefully. Thank you!

  32. Dani says:

    I have been doing this for a few years when I would get a stuffy nose and it works wonders! I do it alot when I’m trying to go to sleep when my nose gets stopped up and after I do it I can fall right to sleep with no problem!! This method works great and often times works better than cold medicine alone!! Thanks for sharing!!

  33. Lee says:

    This technique actually works!! I am desensitized to allergy meds so this natural method is a miracle worker! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  34. Thabey says:

    Wow, I can breathe normal now! Thank you

  35. Sessiny says:

    OMG this worked. The first time it didn’t work, but now it worked. I am so thankful for whoever wrote this article.

  36. Kay says:

    Use warm salt water. Put in your nostrils. Two times a day.

  37. Janice says:

    Thanks so much…. after becoming very addicted to nasal sprays (buying 2 and 3 at a time so that I didn’t run out) I finally found that they became non effective and now here I was wishing and hoping I would die. After 2 nights of sleeplessness, I prayed that I would find something to help me. Very soon I found this website and boy did I fall asleep very fast last night with a clear nose for the first time in 6 weeks. It has come back a little bit, but I am doing the exercises to regain that feeling of being able to breathe again. Thanks a lot… it cost me nothing and worked wonders.

  38. Dixie says:

    Did not work whatsoever. Hurts more now

  39. lakshita says:

    Thankyou so much…It really worked for me

  40. Lauren says:

    I have a nailsil spray addiction and I’m trying to over come it but I found out that this doesn’t work very effectively. Any one got any other tips to effectively unblock noses within a few minuets without purchasing anything so I can just unblock it at school or something. Any tips?

  41. Sally Lewis says:

    Thanks so much. I couldn’t breathe,and now I can.

  42. Serena says:

    Thank you so much! This really helped me 🙂

  43. Darpan Chipkar says:

    Thank u very much helped a lot 😄

  44. Viscount Bolebec says:

    This worked like magic, thanks mate

  45. Waseela says:

    Thank you for sharing the information, it worked right away! What a relief. God bless you.

  46. Arti says:

    Great! I had a really stuffy nose and within seconds like magic it worked
    Thanks for sharing this info

  47. jyoti says:

    It really worked for me. I got an instant relief from my running nose. Especially the 1st and 2nd points are effective! Thanks a lot!

  48. Bre says:

    I really need my sinus gone I’m at a sleep over and we bearely have anyways to cure it please help!

  49. Jane says:

    Useless. Tried it.

  50. Trudy says:

    This just happened to pop up in my pinterest feed as I am dealing with a nasty cold. I tried it and immediately can breath again. Thank you for sharing!

  51. Taylor says:

    i was so frustrated that i couldn’t breathe and now i see some progress! very amazed

  52. rooke says:

    it helped! thank you

  53. dana says:

    Didnt work…

  54. Zul says:

    It worked! Thank you so much 🙂

  55. Leena says:

    Oh my goodness. This is unbelievable. I have been suffering for months. I found your article and tried this and it has given me instant relief. I wish I could hug you for this!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

  56. Yasmin says:

    This did not work! I did as I was told. Sadly, I have a track meet today and I will have to run with a stuffy nose.

  57. Ion says:

    OMG! This helped me. I allowed me to breathe with my nose! Didn’t expect that to work honestly! Thsnk!

  58. Amber Griffin says:

    Was struggling from a runny drippy nose all day, and am shocked how easy, quick, and effective this was. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  59. Anna-marie says:

    That was crazy, I can’t believe it worked, I was laughing whilst going through the motions coz I thought it would never work but it really did instantly👍😀

  60. thanos says:

    this worked for 5 secs then went bak to stuffy

  61. Sarah T. says:

    Tried it, took about 2 minutes but did feel some relief (about 50%). My right nostril has been stopped up for a month, allergy doctor has not been helpful at all.

    On neti, nasocort – this sucks.

  62. TM Yaw says:

    Thank you very much, I followed your advice, took a hot shower, drank a cup of warm water with honey, and massaged the 4 points and repeated the massaging. It helped so much that i could finally go to sleep at 9am and I repeated the whole process upon waking at 3pm and everything has stayed clear up since.

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