How to Moisturize the Nose

A dry nose can cause inside-scabbing and even bleeding.
A dry nose can cause inside-scabbing and even bleeding. (Image: Ralf Nau/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A dry nose, if dry on the inside, can cause cracked nostrils and even nose bleeds. If you have this problem there are a number of home remedies that you can try. Some treat the body from the inside, adding moisture to the tissue, while others work from the outside. If nose dryness continues after a week of trying a home remedy, consult a qualified physician.

Drink lots of hydrating fluids. This includes water and juices. Nose dryness can be a symptom of dehydration. While proper hydration alone may not completely cure nose dryness, it does help keep your nose moist.

Spray a saline solution into each nostril a couple times a day. This provides direct moisture to the most dry parts of the inside of your nose.

Rub petroleum jelly on the dry spots twice a day. Use your finger to rub it on the outside of the nostrils or a cotton swab to rub it around the inside of each nostril.

Buy a water vaporizer or humidifier for your house. Living in a dry environment can dry out your nose. A humidifier will add the moisture that your noes needs back into your living space.

Ask your doctor if any of your medication could be causing a dry nose. If so, your doctor may be able to change your medication to avoid the side effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place a humidifier in the room or rooms that you spend most of your time in. This is likely the bedroom where you sleep.
  • Petroleum-based creams can cause pneumonia if they enter the lungs. Be careful to only breath in the fumes and not the cream itself.

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