Remedies for Dry Nose

By Dr. Pallavi Sharma

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A dry nose is a common problem that most people deal with from time to time. Many of us get dry noses during the winter months when the weather gets colder and our bodies start to shut down.

Dry noses can also be caused by drugs or allergies, as well as irritation from certain foods or chemicals in your environment.

It’s a pretty common problem, and it can be tough to deal with. You may have a dry nose symptom if you notice that your nose is getting drier than usual. A dry nose often follows either an allergy or a viral infection. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help your dry nose feel better!

How Does “Dry Nose” Occur?

A dry nose is a condition that occurs following an allergy or a viral infection like the common cold or viral flu. It can cause a person to have trouble breathing, especially when they are asleep.

The symptoms of a dry nose include:

  • A person who experiences a dry nose will wake up in the morning and notice that their nostrils feel very dry and irritated.
  • A person who has a dry nose may also notice that their nose is running more frequently than usual, which can be even more irritating.
  • Also, when people have a dry nose, they might experience headaches like migraines or other forms of pain in their head or neck area.

Dry Nose Causes

  •  Allergies
  • Viral infections: common cold, acute sinusitis, and influenza
  • Irritants: smoke and dust
  • Bacterial infections: whooping cough, bronchitis
  • Medications: decongestants, antihistamines
  • Dry environment
  • Air travel
  • Aging
  • Dehydration
  • Poor nutrition
  • Dermatitis

Symptoms of a Dry Nose

  • Burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Crusting of mucus
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Ear pain with breathing in
  • Foul smell
  • The reduced sensation of smell
  • Throat Bleeding
  • Scratching of the nose

Home Treatments for the Dry Nose

There are several methods to treat dry noses.


Try using a humidifier in your home. If you have allergies, humidifiers help soothe your nasal passages and reduce inflammation. Humidifiers will add moisture to the air by making it more like steam and breathable.

Keep Hydrated

You should always start by drinking more water! That’s the only way to tackle this issue, so if you’re not drinking enough water, now is the time to get started. You should avoid alcohol and caffeine. This will exacerbate dehydration.

Saline Drops

Try using saline drops or packing sponges in each nostril before bedtime for 24 hours at a time. This will help keep moisture in your nasal passages all night long!

If these don’t work out for some reason (like if they’re too uncomfortable), then there are also sprays that can help with this issue, as well as gels or moisturizers that can be applied directly onto the skin around your nose area at night.

Nasal Sprays

Phenylephrine and oxymetazoline nasal spray Phenylephrine and oxymetazoline are two of the most common ingredients found in nasal sprays for dryness. These drugs work by constricting your airways, which can cause your nose to drain and become more susceptible to blockage.

Antihistamines and Corticosteroid Nasal Sprays

A dry nose is a common problem, especially in people with allergies. It can affect your ability to smell and feel. As a result, it can make you more susceptible to getting sick.

A variety of treatments are available, including antihistamines and corticosteroid nasal sprays. These medications have been proven to be effective at reducing symptoms such as itching and burning.

  • Nasacort
  • Rhinocort
  • Fluticasone (Flonase)

Steam Inhalation

Take a warm bath or shower, which will help keep the mucus from building up on your nose and making it worse. Steam inhalation is a simple, natural treatment that can help improve your breathing and relieve your symptoms quickly. It can also help with nasal congestion and sinus problems.

By taking boiled water into a bowl, you can inhale its steam in a covered area (use a towel). Be sure to keep your distance from the hot bowl.

Moisturizing the Dry Nose

You can use a moisturizer that contains either petroleum jelly or coconut oil. Both of these products help trap moisture, which will keep the skin surrounding the nose soft and healthy.

Vaseline can also be used for a dry nose, but not applied inside. When these products are used excessively, they can harm the senses of the nose and can harm the lung tissues as well.


Ointments contain an active ingredient called menthol and eucalyptus that causes blood vessels in the skin to dilate and increase blood flow in the nose. This helps to relieve dryness and itchiness in the nose.

It’s better not to use these oils on children.

Nasal Irrigation

The neti pot uses warm water and salt to flush out the sinuses. If you have a dry nose, this can be very beneficial. It will help you to breathe better and more comfortably. However, using a neti pot may not be the best option if you have an active cold or flu virus because it could worsen things.

For example, if you have a cold and are using a neti pot, it is possible that your symptoms will worsen because the virus has been flushed out of your system and into the water used in your neti pot.

Nasal irrigation is a great way to unblock your sinuses and relieve congestion. It’s also great for treating colds and allergies!

Nasal irrigation involves using an oral saline solution or warm water mixed with a little bit of salt to wash your nasal passages. You can use a neti pot or a bulb syringe to rinse out your nose. The saline solution works by flushing out bacteria and mucus that can build up in your nasal passages.

Try nasal irrigation once or twice a day until you feel better! It’s not only easy, but it’s also effective!

There are commercially prepared pre-mixed nasal irrigation kits too, available in pharmacies. (NeilMed sinus rinse)

These medications can also help improve symptoms of chronic rhinitis (also known as hay fever) and allergic rhino conjunctivitis (inflammation of the lining around your eyes or nose).

They can help with sneezing, stuffy or runny noses, and other allergic rhinitis symptoms like itching or swelling in your eyes or nose.

When to See the Doctor

There are a few symptoms that could indicate that you should go to the doctor right away, including:

  • Nasal bleeding
  • Severe facial pain
  • High fever
  • Foul-smelling or green-colored nasal discharge
  • If your symptoms haven’t subsided in 2 weeks, you’d better go and see the doctor.

TeleHealthDoc articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Dr. Pallavi Sharma

Dr. Pallavi Sharma is one of Melbourne’s best, well respected cosmetic doctors and aims to provide longstanding anti-aging benefits for her clients. With over 11 years experience in Performing cosmetic procedures, Dr. Sharma has lectured medical professionals regarding cosmetic treatments and is heavily involved in providing up to date cosmetic treatments to her clients and friends.
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