How to get rid of a scabby nose

Updated February 21, 2017

Nose scabs occur when you are suffering from a cold, live in a dry climate or work in a low-humidity environment. Membranes in the nose become dry, and nosebleeds may result. Sores develop from the nosebleeds and crust over, turning into scabs within the nose. Scabs are irritating, but treatment solutions are available to get rid of them.

Purchase saline solutions at your local drugstore. Look for ones without preservatives, which could further dry your nose. Insert the nozzle into one nostril, closing off the other nostril with your finger. Spray the solution and breathe in at the same time. Repeat with the other nostril. Use two to three times a day as needed.

Buy antibiotic ointment at the drugstore. Place a small amount on a Q-tip and rub it onto the scab inside your nose. The antibiotic helps prevent infection.

Rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on the scab. Petroleum jelly helps soften the scab and reduce irritation.

Place a humidifier in your bedroom. A humidifier puts moisture in the air, allowing the membranes in your nose to become lubricated, which reduces nose bleeds and nose scabs.


Ask the pharmacist which saline solutions and antibiotic ointments she recommends. Wash the humidifier tank weekly to reduce bacteria build-up. Make sure adequate water is in the tank before turning it on for the night.

Things You'll Need

  • Saline solutions
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Humidifier
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