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A 31-year-old female asked:

Why would i get dizzy and a headache from blowing my nose?

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 34 years experience
Increased head press: Blowing your nose will cause a sudden rise in pressure in the head or "intracranial" pressure. This then, decreases circulating blood volume to the brain as well as stretches its coverings called the "meninges" leading to dizziness and headaches respectively. Or, you may just have a cold! to reduce your discomfort try either blowing your nose with mouth open or do one nostril at a time ; gently.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

Why i get dizzy when i blow my nose.

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Hyperventillation: You are blowing too hard. Gently blow your nose. If you are having much congestion, get a neti-pot. Be sure to drink lots of liquids.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Why do I feel so dizzy after blowing my nose?

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 31 years experience
Valsalva: Often it is because people do a valsalva maneuver when they blow their nose hard. (you can google valsalva). That maneuver changes both blood pressure and intracranial pressure, and can result in dizziness.
Last updated Aug 30, 2018


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