If anybody else is out there, sick out of his/her mind... and blowing your nose like crazy: Apply Polysporin (or Neosporin or WalSporin or any variation thereof) twice to three times a day. It really soothes the skin around your nose and above your lip. Also, I've BARELY seen any redness at all in the area.
It's usually used to treat minor cuts... burns... etc... on the skin, which is why it's helped me out so well. All that redness and irritation is basically abrasions to your skin due to all the tissue/skin friction.
All right... gonna go back to the chicken soup and gargling with salt water. G'night folks!
(sorry that my only update in such a long time is a short one)