Your nose is one of the most important parts of your body. The nose allows you to experience foods, nature, danger, temperature, and most importantly air that allow us to live. Allergies, colds, nose bleeds, and dryness all affect the function of the nose. If you have questions on what we treat, please don’t hesitate to call our office.
Here are some Nose Care tips you should follow:
- Allergies and colds may cause your nose to become chapped due to the constant blowing of your nose to relieve congestion. It may become red, swollen, irritated, and painful. To lessen these symptoms use a soft tissue with lotion in it. As needed, use petroleum jelly or a low dose of hydrocortisone cream (up to 1%) on your nose.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, especially in extreme conditions.
- A humidifier will add moisture to the air. Dry air will make your skin dry out which will also affect your nose and nasal passages.
- If you are going out in extremely cold environments, take precautions such as wearing a scarf over your nose and mouth to prevent dryness and chapping.
- Another method to hydrate the nose is to use a nasal irrigation system. Most nasal rinses use a saline mixture to gently wash the nose and keep it moist. These rinses are available over-the-counter.
- In extreme cases of dryness, you may experience a nosebleed. Nose bleeds may also be caused by medications such as blood thinners or injuries to the nose. You should see one of our physicians immediately if your nosebleed does not stop after 5-10 minutes. If one of our physicians is not available, you should seek treatment at an urgent care center.
- If you have been diagnosed with allergies by one of our physicians, medications and/or allergy injections may be prescribed to lessen your symptoms. This is explained further under our Allergy section.
- When blowing your nose, blow one nostril at a time. Place one finger over a nostril and blow the other, repeat for the remaining nostril. Keep your mouth slightly opened while blowing your nose to avoid pressure build-up in your sinuses.
- When in doubt about a matter involving your ears or hearing, please call our office to have your questions answered.