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Solving Your Dry Stuffed up Nose

Solving Your Dry Stuffed up Nose

By Kevin Cleary

Cold winter months are notorious for low humidity and cold dry air and this can wreak havoc with our good friend the nose. Instead of taking in soothing moist air, we are subject to dry artificially heated stale air in our homes and potentially brutal arctic air outside. A stuffed up or dry congested nasal area can be irritating to say the least, but how do we combat the elements to let us breathe easily and avoid a red, sore snout?

 Solving Your Dry Stuffed up Nose

Your Amazing Nose

We take our noses for granted sometimes. It’s not just something to detect foul odors or to enjoy the scent of a fragrant flower or even just hold up our sunglasses. Our nose is in charge of conditioning air that we breathe into our bodies. Think about it, as soon as you breathe in 35° or 100° air your nose quickly changes that to approximately 98°. With all the tiny little capillaries inside your nasal cavity, warm blood is transferred to this area as these capillaries dilate and nasal tissue swells. It is this swelling that creates nasal congestion and difficulty breathing. Let’s not forget that your nose is lined with mucus that can become thicker due to cold weather!! Many people treat this with over-the-counter nasal sprays that can actually create a rebound effect making symptoms worse. This is due to your body (and nose) becoming accustomed to the medication and therefore being less responsive; bringing less relief to your stuffed up nose. Experts recommend using over-the-counter nasal spray for no more than five days, according to mayoclinic.org. Continued use can lead to your symptoms worsening and possibly damaging nasal tissue.

Safer Alternatives

If over-the-counter relief should be avoided, what are your options for breathing freer? Saline spray is a natural option for treating a dry or irritated nasal passage and can help clear congestion by liquefying any mucus retention making blowing your nose effective. Try using Church & Dwight Simply Saline Sterile Nasal Mist for relief of a dry congested nose. One thing a congested, runny nose can lead to is a red, sore nose and nasal passages. While saline can help in this instance a little outside of the box thinking can go further. The TriDerma Nasal Dryness Relief Gel or the US Pharmacal Cann-Ease Nasal Moisturizing Gel are designed to be used by those whose nasal cavities are dried out by oxygen cannulas, but can also be used to moisturize and help heal dry, irritated nasal skin brought about by cold weather. One way to protect your nose (and even your throat) is the Natural Patches Of Vermont Cough And Cold Formula Essential Oil Patch. It can help clear sinuses and can be used for chest rubs and steam inhalations to help alleviate symptoms of a cold or the effects of dry winter air.

Steam Clean It!!

 Solving Your Dry Stuffed up Nose

The use of vapor or steam can help provide relief from a stuffy nose. The Mabis DMI Steam Inhaler is ideal for relief from congested nasal passages and can even be used in conjunction with aromatherapy oils. It can be used with the Mabis DMI Facial Mask For Steam Inhaler to ensure full nasal exposure. Another way to get soothing steam to our nostrils is the Vicks Electric Steam Inhaler . It’s patented soft facial hood contours to your face and offers an adjustable steam level and temperature. Also, the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer With Safety Light can be used as a nightlight while providing soothing relief from dry irritated tissue. We all know the challenges of trying to alleviate a stuffed up nose in our children. A fun way that may help is the Mabis DMI HealthSmart Kids Margo Moo Steam Inhaler. Decorated with a whimsical cow, it can provide relief from dry or congested nostrils with a 6-9 minute therapy and soothing, steady vapor with variable steam adjustments.

Bring Your Own Humidity

The low humidity of cool winter air, as well as artificially heated air in our homes can make our noses and nasal passages dry and irritated. The use of a humidifier can add humidity to the air to soothe dry, irritated nostrils. The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier uses 95% bacteria free warm moisture and comes with a measuring cup for Vicks VapoSteam or Kaz inhalants. Also, the Vicks Honeywell Quick Stream Warm Moisture Humidifier can help alleviate painful dry, irritated nasal tissue by providing visible warm moisture up to three times faster. By maintaining a comfortable humidity level you can relieve congestion and other dry air discomforts. Rest assured you can breathe easier by taking care of your nose and nasal passages and send old man winter packing!!