Our nostrils are provided with mucous membrane that keeps the nose moist and prevents us from attacks from harmful foreign bodies through inhalation. But some of the times the nostrils may dry up and feel sore, itchy and may bleed and cause discomfort.
There are a few causes that may lead to a condition like this such as the dry winter winds robbing away the moisture, usage of nasal decongestants, consuming certain medicines that aggravate dryness, blowing nose too much when having a cold and flu.In such a condition it is wise not to dig your nose with fingers. You must use remedies that moisten your nostrils.
Here Are A Few Very Simple Remedies That You Can Use For Your Aid:
1. Inhale Steam
Steam can very well moisten your mucous membranes. Because it is hot, it even penetrates into the dry skin opening up the pores that secrete the nasal mucous. Take 3 cups of water and boil it. Now bring your face close to the bowl in which the hot water is and inhale the steam for 5 to 10 minutes. You can cover your head with a towel for making the process more efficient. Remember not to touch the bowl as it would be quite hot and may burn your skin. If you have a steam inhaling apparatus, you can even use that.
2. Coconut Oil Application
Coconut oil is an emollient and can be effective in treating the nasal dryness through topical application. Just dab a cotton ball in half a teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it slowly on the inner walls of your nostrils. Make sure the oil is not cold and solid; if it is, heat it for a few seconds. The smell of coconut oil is good too so it would not cause any allergy or displeasure to you. Use this remedy thrice a day, possibly 10 minutes after you perform steam inhalation.
3. Saline Water Spray
You can either buy a saline nasal spray from a pharmaceutical store or prepare one yourself. To prepare it, take a teaspoon of salt and add it to a cup of warm water. With the help of a dropper, you can spurt out the solution into your nose. You can use it a few times during the day.
4. Drink Plenty Of Fluids
It is ideal to keep yourself well hydrated because if you are not, more of the moisture from your nose is going to get used up by the body and robbed by the atmosphere. If it is winters you may not want to drink much water, but you must drink at least 8 glass of water daily. You can even drink warm water and other fluids such as milk and soup.
5. Almond Oil & Aloe Vera Gel Paste
If your nose gets very dry and begins to form cracks and bleeds, it needs extra care. First clean up your nose carefully with the help of clean warm water. Then apply to them a mixture of half a teaspoon of almond oil and one-fourth teaspoon of aloe vera gel. While almond oil will go a great way in keeping your nose moisturized, aloe vera gel would protect it with its antibacterial property.
With the above remedies, you will get relief from the dry nose in very less time. If you suspect your dry nose is a result of some medicines you consume, please consult your doctor.