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Find Relief from Dry Nostrils. 5 Tips That Work.

With changes in weather, many of us find the insides of our noses getting dry and uncomfortable. Allergies and sinus conditions can also cause uncomfortable nostril dryness.

What can you do?

  1. Drink more water. Take care that your beverages don’t have too much sugar. That can cause dehydration. Your nose and your mouth can get even dryer.
  2. Boost the humidity. In the winter months, try a bedroom humidifier. Some are self-sterilizing. If yours doesn’t clean itself, you should clean it twice a week so things like mold and bacteria don’t grow in it.
  3. Enjoy a warm bath. The moist air will help for a while. Be aware that long, hot baths can dry your skin.
  4. Try a nasal spray. You can use over-the-counter saline nasal drops, saline gels or saline sprays. Follow the package directions.
  5. Apply a moisturizer. A little bit of water-based moisturizer can help. (It’s polite to apply when no one is watching!) Carry a tube of moisturizer so you can reapply.

    Important note: Take care if you use petroleum jelly. If it accidentally gets in your lungs, it can cause problems such as an abscess. If using, apply a small amount with a cotton swab and gently rub in.

If your problem with dry nostrils continues, ask your health care provider for guidance in relieving your dry nose. 

Meet the Author

Anita I. Gheller-Rigoni, DO is an allergist and immunologist with Aurora Health Care in Oshkosh, WI

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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