The inside of your nose is lined with a thin layer of mucus. This mucus helps trap and filter out bacteria, dirt and other particles that can lead to infections, nosebleeds, allergies and colds if not removed. The mucous layer needs to be kept moist in order to function properly. If your nose dries out, there are several ways to rehydrate the area.
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Things you need
- Nasal irrigation system
- Nasal rinse solution
- Cotton swab
- Petroleum jelly or nasal lubricant
- Humidifier or vaporiser
Fill the nasal irrigation system with solution as instructed in the manufacturer's directions. Most systems use saline solution to clean the nasal passageways. Typically, a nasal rinse is performed by placing the tip of the nasal bottle into one nostril, leaning forward over a sink and allowing the solution to travel through your nose and out the other nostril.
Dry the interior of your nose after rinsing. Gently blow one nostril at a time into a tissue. Avoid blowing aggressively or forcing the act because this can irritate the area.
Roll a cotton swab in petroleum jelly or nasal lubricant. Apply a thin coat of jelly to the inner walls of your nose. This will hydrate the skin and lock in the moisture. Do this twice a day.
Place a humidifier or vaporiser next to your bed. Run the humidifier while you sleep to add moisture to the air. Heaters and air-conditioning units draw moisture out of the air, causing many indoor environments to be very dry. Counteract the dryness by using your humidifier daily.
Tips and warnings
- Nasal irrigation systems can be purchased at your local pharmacy. They come in a variety of styles, so ask the pharmacist which option is best for your needs.
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