How Do You Relieve Or Cure Dry Cracked Nostrils?

(Last Updated: Sep 14, 2007)


Is aloe vera gel better than petroleum jelly for treating dry nostrils?

If you suffer from dry or cracked nostrils, you will already be aware of how painful a condition it is. There are many home remedies for dry nostrils treatment which are quite effective as well. Home remedies for dry nostrils include applying products that will moisturize the nostril. Both Aloe Vera gel and petroleum jelly can be used for this - both these are equally good for treating dry nostrils. Aloe Vera, as is well known, has many healing properties and is good for the skin as well.

Dry nostrils treatment also includes applying Vitamin E. This can be in the form of either the oil or the capsules that you can break and then apply on the inside of your nose. Apply a few drops of body oils on the nose after you blow your nose or after a warm bath. This helps as well. Do consult a doctor if the dryness does not stop after using the above mentioned remedies.

answered by M W

What are the causes and symptoms of dry and cracked nostrils?

There are many causes of dry nostrils. These range from the overuse of certain medications to harsh environmental conditions and so on. One of the most common causes of dry nostrils is when there is less humidity in the air that the person is breathing. This is most likely in situations where stale air is circulating, for instance, in an airplane or in an office. Drugs which can lead to dry nostrils include diuretics, anti-depressants and certain blood pressure drugs. Two disorders which can cause dry nostrils are Keratoconjunctivitis sicca and Sjögren's syndrome.

Dry nostril symptoms include dryness in the nasal passage which leads to the skin cracking. One can also experience nosebleeds and even irritation and itching in one’s nose. Dry nostril symptoms can also lead to other symptoms such as dry eyes, a dry mouth or throat and even swelling. Some persons also feel a constriction in their nasal passage when they suffer from dry nostrils.

answered by S S

Can dry nostrils cause nosebleeds?

Common causes of nosebleeds include the following:-

  • Allergic and non allergic rhinitis
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • High blood pressure(hypertension)
  • Trauma (this includes injury to the face)
  • Constant picking of the nose
  • Inherited bleeding problems
  • Tumors
  • Bleeding may also occur after undergoing nasal surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Due to the nasal membranes drying out and cracking.
  • The use of blood thinning medications – which include anti-inflammatory medications

Now that we know about the common causes of nosebleeds, let us look at some of the ways you can stop nose bleeds. Stopping nosebleeds can often be done right at home. Sit in an upright position and put the head forward. This helps the blood to come out of the nose. Press the nostrils with the thumb and index finger for about 10 minutes. Then put a cold (ice) pack on the nose. Using a humidifier helps to keep the nasal passages moisturized.

answered by A S

Are there any foods that can help in getting rid of dry skin around nostrils?

There are certain foods for dry skin which can help to get rid of flaky nose skin as well as dry skin around the face. Dry skin can be a sign of the body not getting enough biotin or iron. It is therefore essential to follow a healthy and nutritious diet and to keep your intake of water adequate as well. Drink plenty of water as it helps to keep the skin hydrated.

Foods for dry skin should include foods which are rich in sulfur such as eggs, onion and garlic. These foods for dry skin will help your skin to become soft. Also ensure that you include fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and grains when you are compiling your list of foods for dry skin. Exclude the following foods if you wish to prevent dry skin - soft drinks, junk food, spicy and fried food. Flaky nose skin can also be prevented by applying rose oil or coconut oil or sandalwood oil on your face.

answered by G R

Dry, cracked nostrils can not only be annoying, but can also be painful. This condition can be caused by many things. It can be changes in weather, dry climate, a cold, an allergy or sensitivity to something, excessive rubbing or picking at the area, etc. You need to keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Try to keep your hands away from the area so you don't irritate the skin. This can be hard because we have a natural tendency to 'explore' areas that bother us.

Some remedies you can try are:

  • Apply petroleum jelly and leave for a couple of minutes, then gently wash with warm water. The dead skin can then be gently removed with a cotton swab. Apply a moisturizer.
  • Use a moisturizer to keep the area from becoming dry.
  • To enhance the effects of the moisturizer, you can add a drop of tea tree oil. Use both in the morning and at night.
  • Apply raw milk or cream of milk to the nostril. Allow it to dry, after which you can wipe it gently with a cotton swab.
  • A cotton swab or soft flannel like cloth can be used to gently remove dead skin; never use your nails. Your nails can cause more damage or even an infection.
  • The application of comfrey tea three to four times a day.
  • A calendula ointment can be applied to the nostril three to four times a day.
  • Drink dandelion, chamomile, or peppermint tea.
  • Add five drops of essential oil of lavender to boiling water. Use as a steam treatment. Drape a towel over your head and the container of boiling water. Steam for about ten to fifteen minutes. This will work like a softener and lubricant for the skin, helping it heal faster.
  • Apply a mentholatum rub.
  • Use a topical salt water nasal spray.
  • Use a humidifier.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Try not to pick at your nose. This only makes matters worse.

Remember, keeping the area clean and dry is very important. If you are prone to dry, cracked nostrils; then you should use a moisturizer on a regular basis. Make it part of your morning routine. This can help prevent the dryness from happening in the first place. If you have an allergy or sensitivity, it is important to find out what you are sensitive to and how to avoid it as much as possible. Sometimes the home remedies will not work, so you may still need to go to the doctor to find out what is causing your problem and what you need to do about it.

answered by G M

Home Cures for cracked nostrils

  • Apply any petroleum jelly to your nostril and leave it for a few minutes. Wash your nostril with warm water and gently remove the dead skin with a cotton ball. Now, apply some moisturizer to it and leave it uncovered. You can add 1 drop of tea tree oil to the moisturizer. Do this once after getting up in the morning and once before going off to bed at night.
  • Apply the cream of milk or raw milk to the cracked nostril and leave it till it for sometime. After it dries, lightly wipe with a cotton ball.
  • Never use your nails to remove the dead or extra skin. Always use a cotton ball or a soft cotton cloth.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel to the cracked area 4 to 5 times a day. Aloe Vera is good for healing and moisturizing the skin.
  • Apply comfrey tea or calendula ointment to the nostril 3 to 4 times a day as they aid in softening up the skin. You can also drink chamomile, dandelion or peppermint tea.
  • Boil water in a container and add 5 drops of lavender in it. Inhale its steam by covering your head with a towel and let your nostril be heated properly. This will soften and lubricate the skin and the cracks can heal faster.

answered by D D


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