When the inside of the nose is dry, it can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but a person can usually treat it at home. Home remedies for a dry nose include steam inhalation, using a humidifier, and using nasal sprays or rinses.
The medical term for a sensation of dryness within the nasal passages is rhinitis sicca. It often results from colds or allergies.
A dry nose is generally harmless. However, if left untreated, it can cause more bothersome symptoms, such as:
The following home remedies can help prevent and relieve symptoms dryness inside the nose.
Using a humidifier
A humid environment helps to keep the nasal passages moist, which relieves nasal congestion and allows the sinuses to drain properly.
Humidifiers can replace the moisture lost due to air conditioning and central heating in homes and offices.
Ideally, a person should clean their humidifier every day to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria, both of which can be harmful to health.
Ideal indoor humidity ranges from 30–50 percent, depending on the room’s temperature.
It is important to note that higher levels of humidity can promote the growth of dust mites and other allergens that may make symptoms worse.
A hygrometer, which is a device that measures relative humidity, can help a person decide if and when to use a humidifier.