There are few places on the body where it’s worse to have an itch than on the nose. After all, it’s hard to give the nose a good scratch in public without getting a few looks. If the itch is that hard-to-reach kind, it can drive a person nearly bonkers. Luckily, depending on what’s causing that irritating nose itch, there are several cures to try.
Rinse your nose and sinuses out thoroughly by using a neti pot. A neti pot is a small teapot shaped device that is filled with water by the user. The user then inserts the open end of the neti pot into one nostril, tilts her head sideways, and allows the water in the pot to flow from the pot through the nasal passages. This temporary cure for an itchy nose works best when the itchiness is due to exposure to dirt or pollutants, or when the user is suffering from allergies. It is a relatively inexpensive cure to try, since the neti pot typically retails for about $15. It also is a good option because it can be used at home as many times as needed and does not require anything except clean water to be effective.
Stay hydrated and use lotion. Sometimes itching in the nasal region is caused by dry skin, both inside and outside the nose. This can occur from not drinking enough water (the mucus membranes need water to keep the skin of the nasal passages moist), as well as from constantly blowing the nose, which irritates nasal skin. Drink plenty of clear fluids or eat foods like watermelon to help mucus membranes keep the skin of the nose healthy. If the itching is from blowing the nose, dab just a bit of lotion on the affected area. A lotion with aloe and vitamin E is best, as aloe sooths irritation that can cause itching and vitamin E promotes skin health.
See your doctor and obtain medication. Sometimes an itchy nose is related to allergies or other conditions. Your doctor can prescribe a nasal spray, ointment or oral medication that can treat the condition related to the itching. Make sure that you communicate with your physicians about any other medical conditions you have or medications you are taking when you go for your visit. This will ensure that the medication prescribed for the nasal itching will not make the other conditions worse or interfere with a previously prescribed medication.