How to Take Care of Your Nose


Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Vaporizer or humidifier
  • Cotton swabs
  • Salt
Woman sneezing into a tissue
Woman sneezing into a tissue (Image: AlexRaths/iStock/Getty Images)

The nose is an important part of the human body, allowing you to enjoy the smells of the world. Allergies, colds and other problems can cause the nose to function at less than its best. Whether your nose is simply dry because of allergies or because you've had a surgery for your sinuses, there are ways to care for your nose until it reaches full health again.

Step 1

Breathe in warm steam two to four times a day to help moisten the nose and prevent dryness. This can be done by taking a hot shower or by filling the bathroom sink with hot water and placing a towel over your head while leaning close to the sink. Continue to run the hot water as needed.

A man inhaling warm steam
A man inhaling warm steam (Image: Nikodash/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Do not use nasal sprays more than recommended on the bottle unless instructed by a doctor. Over-the-counter sprays can help with allergies or colds, but using them too often can irritate the nose and worsen the problem.

Woman with nasal spray
Woman with nasal spray (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Step 3

Place a vaporizer or a humidifier in your room to keep the air moist when you are not breathing in steam to help prevent dryness in the nose.

Steam coming from a humidifier
Steam coming from a humidifier (Image: yocamon/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Dip a cotton swab in warm water or a salt water mix of 1/2 tsp. of salt in 12 ounces of water to gently soak and loosen any crust that is stuck to the inside of your nose. Only use the cotton swab at the entrance of the nose, do not stick it deep inside. Repeat once at night and once in the morning.

Cotton swabs
Cotton swabs (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 5

Consult your doctor if you have allergy problems or problems with your sinuses. These symptoms can include sinus pressure in the face, headaches and other signs of an allergy, such as sneezing.

A doctor examing a patient
A doctor examing a patient (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Always follow the doctor's instructions for care if you have had surgery.


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