Dry nasal passages are typically caused by a lack of mucus production in the sinuses, which can leave your nose feeling dry and irritated. There are several possible reasons why your sinuses may stop producing mucus, but the most common causes are a cold or allergies.
What Causes Dry Sinuses?
Here’s a list of some of the most common conditions:
- A Cold
- Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
- Blowing your nose too frequently
- Overuse of Antihistamines and Decongestants
- Weather Changes
- Environmental Conditions and Air Quality
- Air Condition/Heating
- Non-allergic Rhinitis
- Certain Medications
Dry Sinuses Symptoms
Depending on the root cause, a dry nose can be accompanied by other symptoms. Sufferers typically report irritation and burning around the nostrils, as well as inflammation and congestion in the sinuses. To avoid aggravating your symptoms, you should try to avoid dry climates, smoke, and other airborne irritants.
In some cases, sufferers may experience:
In more severe cases, a dry nose may be accompanied by:
- A loss or change of taste and smell
Dry Nose Treatment
The treatments for a dry nose are probably best determined by understanding the initial cause. For example, if your dry nasal passages are the result of a cold or seasonal allergies, a nasal nebulizer with a nasal-safe saline moisturizer may help relieve the burning, irritation, and inflammation. On the other hand, if your dry nose is the result of medications you're taking, it’s absolutely necessary to contact a medical professional before doing anything.
In most cases, sufferers may find symptom relief with:
- Nasal-safe saline rinses and moisturizers
- Steam treatments
- Petroleum jelly
- Nasal hygiene routines
- Staying hydrated
In more severe cases, it may be necessary to:
- Stop using over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays and medications
- Contact a healthcare professional to determine the root cause
- Contact a doctor to discuss your current medications/treatments