Dry nose and crusty nose scabs inside nostrils can be extremely annoying and painful. They can cause burning pain upon drawing breath and when squeezed, could lead to a violent sensation in the nostrils. Dry nose can occur in summer or winter. Today we will be taking a look at some home remedies to cure dry nose bleeding, pain and scabs.
1. Use a humidifier
Monitor the humidity levels inside your house. An optimal range is 55-60% humidity. Use a humidifier in winters to prevent nose dryness. Also avoid dry environments like airplanes etc which can aggravate the problem.
2. Steam baths
Enjoy steam baths but avoid saunas at the gym. You can also use steam inhalation. The vapor from the steamer will moisturize the nose and reduce scabbing. Add a few drops of essential oils like tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil to the steaming water. These fragrances soothe headaches and reduce colds and coughs.
3. Avoid certain medications
Many medicines increase nasal dryness and scabbing. For example, if you have runny nose, taking cold medicines (decongestants and antihistamines) can increase the dryness. Also certain saline sprays used for sinusitis or nasal drip and congestion could cause dry crusty scabs inside nose. So stay away from these medicines. If nasal spray causes dry nose bleeding, discontinue use. Many immunosuppressant drugs also cause nose bleeds, dryness and scabbing. Discuss all possible side effects with your doctor.
4. Avoid alcohol and smoke
Smoking, even second hand smoke, can cause nose dryness. Same goes for alcohol- alcoholic beverages and sprays can aggravate the condition.
5. Follow good nasal and oral hygiene
It is important to keep the nose clean. Wash the nasal passage and gargle twice a day when suffering from cold. Use a neti pot- fill it up with warm water and salt and insert the spout in one nostril. Let water trickle down from the opposite nostril. Repeat with the other nostril.
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6. Use over-the-counter moisturizing sprays
Over the counter gels like Rhinase® can moisturize the nose and prevent scabs. Use them at night before bedtime. Certain prescription medicines can also help, such as Salagen®. You can also make your homemade nose spray with water boiled with a teaspoon or two of sea salt. Cool the solution a bit and use it as a nasal rinse.
7. Virgin coconut oil
Coconut oil for dry nose is a wonderful remedy for pets and humans. Apply oil liberally inside the nostrils at night time to alleviate dryness.
8. Castor oil
Castor oil is thick and viscous and immediately moisturizes dry nasal passage to prevent nose bleeds and scabs. Lie on the bed and pour 1-2 drops of castor oil inside each nostril using a dropper. Repeat as needed. Use a tissue paper to blot the excess oil.
9. Sesame oil
Sesame oil is another effective remedy for dry nose in winter. You can use it in place of coconut oil which freezes in cold weather. Apply a couple of drops of sesame oil inside the nostril using a Q tip or your finger..
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10. Unrefined oil
Apart from sesame, coconut or castor oils, you can use any unrefined oils like sunflower oil. Just pour a few drops of the oil on a clean cotton wool and push it inside the nostrils. Leave it on for a few seconds and pull them out. Repeat as needed.
11. Drink more water
Inadequate water intake causes dehydration which leads to dry nose. So increase your water intake- you need at least 8-10 glasses per day.
12. Address underlying health problems
Certain medical problems like menopause and hypothyroidism can also cause dry nose. Address these issues to keep dryness in check.
13. Sleep well
Inadequate sleep can also cause dry nose. So sleep well-at least 8 hours every night.
14. Avoid caffeine
Caffeinated beverages can increase nose dryness. Many teas, sodas and energy drinks and certain pain medications also contain caffeine. So monitor your intake if you wish to prevent dry nose bleeds.
Try these 14 dry nose remedies to keep your nose moisturized.