How to Treat Inflamed Nose Membranes

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Inflamed nose membranes may be caused by dry air, allergies, infection and overuse of nose sprays. Spicy food, strong emotions, oral medications and consumption of alcohol may also trigger inflammation of nasal membranes. Although you can take some steps of your own to obtain relief, the condition is best treated under a doctor's guidance.

Things You'll Need

  • Physical examination
  • Antibiotics
  • Oral decongestants
  • Nasal spray
  • Vaporizer

See your doctor. Your doctor will need to determine what is causing the inflammation. He may refer you to an allergist for further testing.

Take antibiotics. If the inflammationis caused by an infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Take the full course of your antibiotics.

Ask about oral decongestants. Take this medication only when necessary, because it may produce side effects such as rapid heart rate and nervousness. Report side-effects to your doctor.

Use nasal spray. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid-based nasal spray to shrink the blood vessels in your nasal passages. Overuse of nasal sprays can have the effect of worsening your condition, so use only as directed.

Try a vaporizer. A vaporizer will moisturize the dry air that may be responsible for your inflamed nose membranes. Run your vaporizer in your bedroom at night and make sure you clean it thoroughly after each use. Bacteria can grow inside the vaporizer and make your condition worse when you inhale it with the steam.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sleep with your head propped up. When you lie flat, your nasal congestion may worsen, and you will have trouble breathing through your nose. Adding a few pillows under your head will help you breath better.
  • If your inflamed nose membranes are accompanied by fever, chills, cough, nausea or vomiting, notify your doctor. You may have a severe infection that will require prompt treatment.

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