Your nose is a part of your body’s defense system. The thin skin of your nostrils produces mucus which prevents harmful outer bodies like bacteria, dust particles, viruses and other irritants to enter in your lungs. However, sometimes due to some factors your nose becomes too dry. It is important to treat a dry nose. Not only because it is very uncomfortable, but also because it makes your lungs dry. It can also result in nosebleeds which can create health risks. There are several causes of dry nasal passage. The main causes of dry noses are dry weather, allergic reactions and medication. People suffering from Sjögren’s syndrome may have their mucus membranes of nose, eyes and mouth dried out.
Sometimes women going through menopause also suffer from dried out mucus membranes. An infection in the respiratory system is also a cause of dried nose. Some of the other causes are blood pressure or overuse of nasal spray. There are various remedies to treat a dry nose. Here are a few tips to keep your moist. These tips are simple and will bring relief to your dry nose.
It is very important to keep your body hydrated to produce mucus to moisture the mucus membrane. Increase the intake of fluids in your body. Usually you should drink eight glasses of fluid in a day to keep your body hydrated. The fluid includes water, juices and tea. You can also include fruits and vegetables with high water content in your diet like cucumber, watermelon and oranges. Avoid the drinks that further dehydrate your body like coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol.
Moisturize The Air With a Humidifier
Purchase a humidifier or a vaporizer for your home and office. It is a very effective remedy for a dry nose. Humidifier moistures the air surrounding you and help you prevent a dry nose caused by dry weather. It also cleans the air by reducing dust particles and improves the overall quality of the air you breathe. However, make sure to clean your humidifier or vaporizer regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria inside the machine. If not cleaned for a long time, the bacterial growth will contaminate the air.
Lower the Heat
If you are using thermostats in your room, make sure to turn down its heat while sleeping. The dry heat is more likely to create a dry nasal passage.
Use a Nasal Saline Spray
Most of the drug-stores can provide you with over-the-counter nasal saline sprays or drops. The nasal saline spray moisturizes the nasal passage and can be used as often as required. Some saline sprays also contain ingredients to prevent bacterial growth. These saline sprays or drops can be used by adults and children alike.
Moisturize Your Nose with Moisturizing Cream
You can rub a bit of any moisturizing cream inside your nose to prevent it from drying. However, make sure only to apply it on the skin to prevent inhaling it. You can also use calamine lotion, aloe vera gel or coconut oil. This will relieve you from the burning sensation of the dry nose. However, do not use any petroleum based product because there is always a threat of inhaling it in your lungs. Using a water based moisturizer is the best bet.
You can use a steam bowl to temporary ease the discomfort of dry nose. A session of 5-10 minutes of steaming can make your sore nose feel better. However make sure to keep a good distance from the steaming bowl as it could be very hot.
Treat your Headache
For the headache associated with dry nose, you can take over-the-counter medicines. However make sure that they do not contain antihistamine or decongestant as they can further increase the problem of dry nose. In fact if you are taking any over-the-counter decongestant or antihistamine stop using it without the prescription of your physician.
If your problem is not cured within a week of above home remedies and treatment, see your doctor.