The dry, cold air of winter, medications, hormonal shifts that accompany pregnancy or menopause, and other factors can all cause you to experience a dry nose. Nasal dryness can be itchy and uncomfortable but can also lead to medical issues such as nosebleeds, congestion and sinus infections, according to the Colorado-based Ear, Nose and Throat Center. You can remedy a dry nose at home by introducing moisture to your membranes. If nasal dryness continues, consult your doctor for further treatment options.
One the causes of a dry nose could be dehydration, so drinking water is a good way to start plumping up your dried-out tissues. Water, juice and water-based fruits such as watermelon and grapes all contribute to normal hydration and may help your nasal membranes feel more moist. Dr. Elliot Middleton, a professor at SUNY Buffalo, explains that keeping your body properly hydrated is always preferred over using topical agents to keep your nose moist and comfortable. Try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of a non-caffeinated, non-carbonated beverage every day. Water, of course, delivers moisture without added sugar or calories, but you can also drink small amounts of juice for flavor.
Humidify the Home
Even if you are drinking plenty of fluids, your nose may feel dry due to external factors such as cold temperatures, medical conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome or chronic allergies. Adding moisture to the air is another home remedy that can soothe your parched nasal passages. A humidifier transforms your home into a warmer, more moisture-rich atmosphere that can help prevent nosebleeds and other uncomfortable symptoms that stem from a dry nose. Making a steam bath using a bowl of boiling water and a towel can be another option for breathing in humid air to relieve dryness if you do not have a humidifier.
Apply Topical Moisturizers
Over-the-counter products designed to moisturize dry skin and nasal membranes is another home treatment option for a dry nose. Saline drops or sprays irrigate dry nasal passages, and can remove secretions that are contributing to your problem. The Ear, Nose and Throat Center recommends nasal irrigation twice daily for most people, but you should check with your doctor to determine appropriate treatment frequency.
Petroleum jelly and other lotions may be used to soothe a dry, chapped nose, but proceed with caution, according to MayoClinic.com. Solid substances such as these can cause respiratory infections if you inhale too much of them. Always dab a small amount of petroleum jelly to the outer areas of skin–not inside your nostrils. Apply moisturizing agents at a time of day when you plan to be upright and awake, to avoid dangerous levels of inhalation of the products.