The inside of your nose requires moisture to function properly. A mucous coating lines the inner walls of your nose and traps particles such as dirt, bacteria and allergens. If your nose dries out, the mucous doesn't work as it should. This can lead to nose bleeds, allergic reactions and colds. Fortunately, there are several methods of keeping your nose hydrated.
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Things you need
- Nasal irrigation product
- Saline solution
- Petroleum jelly
- Cotton swab
Pour the saline solution into your nasal irrigation system and perform a cleansing as directed by the manufacturer. Directions for use will vary but, in general, you will place the spout of the bottle into your nostril, lean forward and allow the saline to run through the nasal passageway and out the opposite nostril.
Use a cotton swab to apply a light coating of petroleum jelly to the insides of your nose. Do this twice a day to lock in the moisture.
Use a humidifier everyday to counteract a dry living environment. Heating and air conditioning systems can dry out the air, causing your nose to become dry. Replace lost moisture in the air using a humidifier in your home and workplace.
Blow your nose gently one nostril at a time, when necessary. Avoid aggressive, forceful blowing as this can dry your nose further.
Tips and warnings
- Nasal irrigation systems are readily available at pharmacies. Ask your pharmacist for a solution that fits your needs. If you're a smoker, try to quit. Smoking dries out and irritates your nasal tissues.
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