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Old 10-30-2006, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I don't normally suffer from allergies, but when I do it's almost always what I call "dry nose". The inside of my nose feels very dry and sometimes it feels like the air passages shrink in size, especially at the bridge of the nose.

Is there anything I can do for dry nose? Antihistamines work pretty good but I'm wondering if there are other solutions that don't involve drugs.
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My sister has a similar problem she uses a saline nasal spray. Her nose gets so dry it will start bleeding out of the blue. But since she started using the saline spray no more problems. There are all different brands one is called Ocean but the store brands work just as good.
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Yep, saline nasal spray. It adds moisture but is formulated not to be harsh.
I am glad they market that stuff (even though I don't use it). It could sure come in handy.
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Antihistamines work pretty good but I'm wondering if there are other solutions that don't involve drugs.
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"The biggest reason for dry nose is a side effect of drugs, usually antihistamines taken to dry up a runny nose," says Dr. Wynn. "You've had one problem, but now you've tipped yourself too far over to the other side."


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Think drink. From water to juices, drink more fluids, Dr. Middleton says. "Good hydration is important," he says. "And it's better to hydrate your tissues from the inside rather than to apply something topically."

Check out your medications. If you're taking antihistamines or anything with atropine in it, ask your doctor if you can cut back the dosage or stop completely, Dr. Wynn advises. And you might have your doctor review any medications you're currently taking to determine whether any other changes are appropriate.

For a solution, try saline. Squirt a little oasis into your nasal desert with a saline spray, such as Ocean or Ayr. Use the spritz, which you can buy at any pharmacy, three or four times a day, or however often you need to add some moisture to your nasal passages, Dr. Wynn says.

Put a splash in the air. Use a humidifier to spray moisture into the air of your home by day and set up a vaporizer in your bedroom to run while you sleep, Dr. Wynn suggests.

Be careful with cream. Apply a moisturizing cream just inside your nostrils to soothe very dry or cracked skin, Dr. Wynn says, but be careful not to inhale a gob. Vaseline or any other petroleum-based moisturizer can cause a form of pneumonia if it gets inside your lungs, she warns.
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I strive for a dry nose. I have to deal with snot, snot, and more snot. I have to snort Atrovent, a prescription nasal spray, multiple times a day to stop the furious attack of snot. And that's just on normal days. When I get a cold it's like death by snot!
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I strive for a dry nose. I have to deal with snot, snot, and more snot. I have to snort Atrovent, a prescription nasal spray, multiple times a day to stop the furious attack of snot. And that's just on normal days. When I get a cold it's like death by snot!
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Thanks everyone for the ideas.

Something no one directly addressed is that I said my air passages sometimes feel swollen. I'm not sure if this is just a side effect of the dry nose or what? Anyway was just wondering if anyone else gets this?
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You may have a sinus infection
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My sister has a similar problem she uses a saline nasal spray. Her nose gets so dry it will start bleeding out of the blue. But since she started using the saline spray no more problems. There are all different brands one is called Ocean but the store brands work just as good.
My mom has problems with that and she uses the saline stuff. I remember when I took her out to the western Dakotas one summer, and she was really suffering. It was like being in a hot air popcorn maker out there. She was constantly snorting the saline.
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My mom has problems with that and she uses the saline stuff. I remember when I took her out to the western Dakotas one summer, and she was really suffering. It was like being in a hot air popcorn maker out there. She was constantly snorting the saline.
My sister at times really goes through that stuff too.
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(...)Something no one directly addressed is that I said my air passages sometimes feel swollen. I'm not sure if this is just a side effect of the dry nose or what? Anyway was just wondering if anyone else gets this?
I get that also!
My nose and sinuses feel like it and I sound like I have a stuffed nose but it is not. I also happen to sneeze more often then!

A dry mucous membrane inside the nose (and your sinuses) can no longer effectively fight off germs and other irritations.
So I think, as a reaction the blood circulation in the nose is increased and that causes the mucous membrane to swell.
Oh, thanks.
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I'm currently having that problem My nose has been nothing but runny for the past few days, but now, I can't hardly taste anything.
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