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Nose Dryness Treatments

Have you ever felt that the inside of your nose are so dry that they crack and bleed? Sometimes even the eyes and the mouth get too dry as well. The nose is one of the very important parts of our body for it serves as the primary defense against a lot of infectious diseases.

The moisture of the nose is instrumental in producing mucus, which then acts by literally acting like a fly paper in catching bacteria, virus, and other microorganisms that are dangerous to the body before entering the airways and eventually the lungs.

Causes of Nose Dryness

Once the skin inside starts to dry up, it will not be able to prevent germs and virus to enter the body. There are many reasons why one would experience dryness of the nose.

A runny nose is usually associated to colds and flu. On the other hand, there are viruses, treatments, infections, and other factors that causes dryness of the nasal passages as secondary symptoms, which includes:

  • Rhinitis causes nasal congestion, and it would also cause the abnormal level of production of mucous that coat inside the nose.
  • Nasal sprays are normally used for nasal congestion, but when they are overused, they may cause dry nose.
  • Antihistamines or some allergy medications taken orally may cause the drying of the nasal membrane because it is listed as one of its common side effect including dry throat.
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome is a condition that does not only dry out the nasal membrane but the rest of the body’s mucous membrane like the eyes and the oral tissues which becomes irritated. The condition is an autoimmune disorder that affects women aging over forty.
  • Hot and humid environment causes the loss of moisture inside the nose.
  • Menopause causes the decrease of collagen production. Collagen is a skin component that helps in maintaining its elasticity. The decrease in its production plus the hormonal changes of the women’s body causes the drying of the mucous membranes of the nasal, mouth, eyes, and vaginal tissues.
  • Dry nose with bleeding is an indication of a high blood pressure

Nose Dryness Remedies

Nose dryness is not a disease, and therefore its remedy is simple and easy. Below are some remedies to help moisturize the nasal membrane:

  • Drink more fluid, water, and juices, around eight glasses each day, or eat fruits that have high water content. Hydrating the body tissues is important.
  • If the dryness is a side effect of antihistamine medications, request the doctor if there is a chance that the dosage can be cut back or completely stopped.
  • Saline-based nasal spray can keep the nose’s skin moist.
  • A humidifier can be used in the home or at work to spray some moisture in the air.
  • Dabbing the inside of the nose with cream or petroleum jelly can prevent cracking of the skin and prevent further discomfort.
  • Excessive alcohol, caffeine, and salt can cause the mucous membrane to dry out, reduction of its intake can be quite helpful.
  • Nothing will ever beat exercising. The moisture taken in when working out will help hydrate the nasal membranes.


  1. Rose said:

    I have been dealing with severe dry nose for the past 7 months, have seen many doctors, no answers, I used to take antihistimines, quit since dry nose, I am peri-menopausal, just started Bioidentical hormone replacement, estrogen and progesterone, I read above how it was mentioned menopause causes drying out of mucous membranes, I have been trying to get confirmation if it is true that bioidenticals will help restore moisture in my nose as well as other mucous membranes. I have read about dry mucous membranes in several websites, it is not mentioned if bioidenticals will help. I appreciate your help. Thank you

    September 14, 2009
    • Janette said:

      Hi Rose
      I am having the SAME problem. Mine just dried up one day and hasn’t produced much mucous since. Did your hormones work? I’m about to try progesterone myself and have recently had high estrogen, low progesterone or estrogen dominance. and am perimenopausal as well. I recently have caught a dreadful cold but my nose still isn’t working producing the most sore and dry coughs and throat. Still hardly any mucous, I SURE hope the hormones work. (Dr didn’t think it was menopause but I’m not so unsure.) 🙂

      Thanks for this article too! It’s GREAT to get some info on my poor ole dried up nose.

      May 4, 2010
  2. Rose said:

    Hi Janette,

    The hormones may have helped a little with the dry nose, I have gone from dry all the time to stuffy and sometimes dry. It is better than the dry all the time. But still uncomfortable. The hormones definitely helped with mood swings and some what with hot flashes and night sweats. I wish you much luck in finding an answer. I still haven’t figured mine out yet. FYI, there are many ways to dry up a runny nose, but not many to add moisture back. Best wishes to you !!!!

    May 6, 2010
  3. uncomfy nose said:

    I have had this problem for a week, and I like lots of these suggestions… and would like to offer an off the wall one given to me from my girlfriend.
    Sniff some water. I know it sounds weird, but it is refreshing for the nose, and does not require any chemical products to achieve that effect.

    May 16, 2010
  4. MT said:

    I have been dealing with this nasal dryness for much of my adult life. I tried many saline sprays and gels but found that while they seem to give relief initially but they do actually nothing to keep the dryness away. Recently my doctor recommended me some pharmaceutical grade sesame oil. After using it for a few days I could really feel that my symptoms were going away and I felt much better. I would highly recommend it as an effective remedy for dry nose.

    July 20, 2010
  5. Paula said:

    I was told by my Dermatologist that being on the birth control pill for 30 years then getting off caused my dry flaky severely chapped nostrils, mostly around outside of nostrils and right inside nose. I been on all kind of medicines, steroid creams, antibiotics and still nothing. I even tried castor oil, olive oil, tea tree oil, etc. I called the Doctor again and got another appointment in September. This is embarrassing to me cause its always red inflamed and chapped, so I keep Vaseline on it so then it looks shiny. This has been going on for 8 months. I am so fed up with nothing working and the Doctor just guessing what it is, he has no idea so he’s just prescribing things.

    August 17, 2010
  6. d said:

    A month ago I was using a decongestant spray & I overused the spray. I consulted a doctor, he gave me medicine for allergy. But now this is winter season ,when I do deep breathing, I get irritation on my forehead & eyes. Is this a problem of dry nose?

    October 27, 2010
  7. RD said:

    Hi, I am 21 and I m also having the same problem, was facing blocky nose and sinusitis from childhood, then 2 years back took antihistamines which turned my nose to a dry, I just couldn’t breath when on the bed. I tried a lot of things from saline to kinds of oils, but nothing helped…
    Can you please tell me treatment for sinusitis?

    February 10, 2011
  8. Billy said:

    I have a dry nose problem. My throat is also affected. Feels like it is very dry and I cannot swallow. Does this sound like a symptom?

    January 11, 2012
  9. Amanda said:

    Aquaphor works wonders inside your nose or anywhere else on your body. I had blocked and dry nostrils and rubbing acquaphor cured it almost in a few hours.

    February 1, 2012
  10. r said:

    I have been afflicted with blockage and dryness of nose for over 10 years. I have been using nasal solutions most of the time along with some tablets and creams recommended by doctors. I still do not feel comfortable. My nostrils still feel dry and awful and makes my breathing very challenging.

    February 7, 2012
  11. Then said:

    For dry nose, ENTROPS (J.J.DeChen company) herbal oil also works. The cure depends upon the cause and severity of the problem.

    February 8, 2012
  12. Deni said:

    I have experienced dryness in my nose for past two weeks. I went to see ENT, who checked me over and took blood test and told me that everything was normal. I was told to seek counseling, since I suffer panic/anxiety attacks and it could be all be in my head. Still I feel the same, could it be food allergy?

    July 20, 2012
  13. Jim said:

    I am 23 years old and I have a really bad dry nose where it blocks my air ways and it is hard to breathe. I can just feel the dried up mucus that is blocking my air ways. I tried water saline spray but nothing is working. It helps for a few minutes and it is dry again. I also have a dry mouth. I have a humidifier but that seem like it not working either. I am desperate to find out what works.

    August 8, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Drink enough water. Drinking fluids helps to keep good hydration of cells. It keeps the dry and irritated membranes well lubricated.

      August 10, 2012
  14. Ani said:

    Try coating the inside of your nose with clarified butter (with Q-Tip) and sniff it in with alternate nostril closed. Allow it travel further up the nasal passages; it is a very old remedy and chemical free in Ayurveda. It helps to moisten nasal passages, throat lining and trap the fine dust. Applying clarified butter is also very effective for dry chapped lips.

    November 5, 2012
  15. GS said:

    I am 45 year old male my nose become dry since last one year and saliva becomes gluey, less semen etc. What are the possible causes and treatment to be taken?

    June 7, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Dryness in nose can be due to many reasons such as side effects of certain medicines, influenza, environment, frequent use of nasal sprays etc. If you are taking any medicines than ask your doctor if that medicine is the cause. If dry environment is the cause, use humidifier or vaporizer. Sauna bath is also an effective remedy for dry nose. Also drink lots of fluid and water as it will make your saliva thin and watery. Eat a well balanced diet. Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoking if you have the habit. Eating chicken soup also helps to reduce nasal dryness. As for the thin and less semen, eat almonds and pistachios.

      June 9, 2013

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