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5 Ways to Treat Dry Nose

Treatments for dry nose

Cold or allergy season leaves many of us with a trademark symptom, right in the middle of our faces: dry nose. While a dry nose is uncomfortable, many remedies for treating a dry nose can be purchased with a single trip to your neighborhood drugstore, or with things you already have in your home. Here are five effective home remedies.

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Petroleum jelly

1. Petroleum jelly

Use your fingers to apply a small dab of petroleum jelly to the lining inside of your nose. Not only is it good for keeping your nose moisturized, it’s also safely handled by your stomach in small amounts. Lip balm works too.

Humidifier

2. Humidifier

Sleeping with a dry mist humidifier in your bedroom can help increase the humidity in your room, which can provide relief to your nasal passages. Place the humidifier in the center of the room.

Here’s a tip: Don’t point it at furniture because the excess moisture can promote mold growth and damage wooden surfaces.

Learn more: Humidifiers and health »

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Nasal spray

3. Nasal spray

Nasal sprays can be used to wet the nasal passages. You can purchase over-the-counter nasal sprays at your local pharmacy. Saline nasal sprays can help moisturize your nose while also cleaning out any dust, dirt, pollen, and congestion.

Damp wipes

4. Damp wipes

Moisten a facial tissue with water using a spray bottle, and wipe along the lining of your nostrils. This can help prevent drying and irritation. You can also use baby wipes, which are designed for cleaning sensitive areas without causing over-drying.

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Steam or sauna

5. Steam or sauna

A common home facial treatment, steam can also help relieve a dry nose. You can even hang your head over a sink of hot water, but the effects of steam won’t last for long.

Learn more: Are saunas good for you? »

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Bonus tip

Bonus tip

Besides using moisture in the air, make sure you help your body from the inside by staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids like water or tea — especially if you have a dry nose during a cold — can help moisturize your nose from the inside out.

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Causes

Causes of dry nose

The most common cause of dry nose is blowing your nose too often, whether that’s because of a cold or allergies. Dry nose is also common among people who live in areas with dry weather and people who smoke tobacco or marijuana.

Chronic dry nose can also be caused by certain medical conditions, such as Sjögren’s syndrome. Other causes of dry nose include infection, nutritional deficiencies, and chronic atrophic rhinitis, which is nasal inflammation caused by having too little nasal mucus.

Dry nose is also a common symptom of certain medications, like antihistamines and decongestants used for the common cold or allergies.

Takeaway

Is dry nose a serious symptom?

Outside of being uncomfortable and painful, a case of dry nose is rarely serious. The linings of your nose and the crease underneath are sensitive. Excess dryness and irritation can cause the skin to crack and bleed.

However, if you have dry nose for more than 10 days or experience signs of infection — fever, discharge, bloody noses that won’t stop, and weakness — you should contact your doctor immediately.

Learn more: Nosebleeds in children: Causes, treatment, and prevention »

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