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Dry Nose Remedies?

The seasons are changing and I can feel the air becoming drier. It's not even time for heat in the house yet, and already my nose is terribly dried out and I am waking up with nosebleeds.

Humidifiers help some, but really not that much. Spring and summer, my nose if fine, but fall and winter, it's constantly dry. Even to the point where it will just start bleeding for no reason at all, not being touched, rubbed, etc.

I've tried rubbing vitamin e, aloe vera gel, coconut oil directly in my nose before bed at night. Nothing seems to help. Does anyone have any suggestions? It's really annoying and embarrassing to be running for the tissues when I suddenly feel that trickle out of nowhere.

Any tips/suggestions are appreciated!

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meijhen
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
My mother has this problem, and she lives up in the mountains, where it's really dry all year but especially in the winter.
The only thing that has helped her is vaseline. I know, not natural at all....but it is what works for her. I would have thought that the vitamin e gels would have worked too :(

Hopefully someone else will have something more natural.
antikythera
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Do you find that you drink less water when it starts getting cold out? I think internal dehydration can be a factor, not just how moist the air is that you're breathing.
h0rsegurrrl
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
I get a super-dry nose from Accutane, I've had good luck with putting a generous amount of lip balm on a q-tip and rubbing that inside my nose periodically throughout the day.
asetwoman
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Saline spray once or twice a day helps me a lot in winter, and it's available in most drug stores. It's not exactly pleasant to spray up my nose, but I prefer that to gushing nosebleeds.
sweetseadragon
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
I second the saline mist/spray although I find it to be a pleasant and relieving feeling.
lintilla
Oct. 14th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
This is what I use at work (we have super-dry air) and it helps.
ladymurmur
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Saline nasal spray works wonders for me. The nosebleeds usually come from farther up than anything you can rub.
burntbuffalo
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
I use my petrolium-free lip balm in my nose all day long if I need to. I also find that any balm with menthol or camphor in it is very soothing.
rumorofrain
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I third the suggestion of rubbing lip balm on/in my nose. I used to get chapped, red, painful skin around my nose all winter, but this has helped immensely.

I love Perfect Organics Lip Balms. They're cheap, effective, and smell great.

I also like Mad Gab's Elephant Lube. The tins are pretty sizeable, so they last a long time. I've used it on my hands, lips, nose, and body skin, although it's a bit greasy for whole-body use. I use it before bed and it soaks in nicely overnight.

My boyfriend swears by Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme for his thumb, which dries out and splits open painfully in the winters. I haven't used it on my nose, but it is fantastic on hands and smells like heaven.

I also like using a neti pot in winter to hydrate my dry sinuses. Go easy on the salt if your nose is already feeling dry.
malantha
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm having this problem too, to a lesser extent, and more with a dry throat. Can't even use a dehumidifer though because we live in a basement apartment and problems with mold if we're not careful. :\
dizzygrltoo
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
It's natural in the sense that it was once was below ground in the form of crude oil. I find that a little vaseline on the end of a Q-tip is the only that will work.
lemniskate
Oct. 14th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
I'd say that the saline spray, and watch for one of those facial steamer things on sale; you can lean into it and inhale the steam directly - it's absolutely lovely when you have a cold, and I have to think that the moisture would help with a dry nose.
lintilla
Oct. 14th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
A caution - if you do decide the lip-balm-up-the-nose thing, DO NOT DO IT WITH BURTS BEES. That stuff BURNS. D:
vertebrae
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Make sure you're hydrated and are consuming enough happy fats. .)
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