What is Nasal Dryness and what to do about it?


For relatively small organs, our noses do a lot of work - it would be hard to overstate their importance!

Here are five critical functions that they perform: [1]

  • They allow air to enter our bodies 
  • They filter and clean the air, removing particles and allergens 
  • They also warm and moisten air so it can move comfortably into our respiratory systems 
  • Our noses provide a sense of smell 
  • They contribute to how we look and how we sound when we speak

What is Nasal dryness?[2]

On a daily basis, the inner walls of our nasal passages secrete some amount of mucus. This sticky, viscous fluid lubricates the nasal cavity and traps any invading germs, dust, or irritants. Inadequate production of mucus can render your nose extremely dry and uncomfortable. Even a lack of humidity in the environment can further dry out the nasal cavity and turn the mucus into a condensed, crusty mass that blocks the passage of air. This can make breathing difficult, sometimes forcing us to breathe through the mouth, further dehydrating the mouth and throat.

What causes dryness in the nose, nasal passage, and sinuses?[3]

It can be caused by a number of different conditions, which most commonly include one of the following: 

  • Living in a dry, arid geographic region 
  • Dry air during colder months 
  • Dog, cat, or other animal dander 
  • Traveling and flying often 
  • Mold or mildew exposure 
  • Certain flowers/pollen 
  • Smoke or chemical exposure 

What happens when you get a dry nose?[4]

A general lack of moisture in the nostrils and nasal passages often leads to irritation. An extremely dry nose, though, can cause real discomfort and severe cases even interfere with your nose’s basic functions – like smelling and filtering impurities from the air. In these cases, the skin inside the nose can develop painful fissures that bleed, and crusts can form that are prone to infections.

What to do if you or a loved one is suffering from nasal dryness?

You should consider Rhinaris®’s easy self-application solutions!

For adults and children over 2 years, Rhinaris® Nasal Mist provides immediate relief and helps moisturize and lubricate dry nasal passages for long-lasting relief from dry nose. [5]

For gentle relief, Rhinaris® Nasal Gel is a solution that moisturizes, coats and soothes nasal passages, relieving dryness and irritation, and reducing nasal build-up that can interfere with sleep. Great for kids and adults, it’s handy and easy to use for long-lasting relief. [6]

For Adults and children over 12 years old who need immediate treatment and relief from the build-up in their nose, Rhinaris® Nozoil® Nasal Spray is a unique lubricant made from sesame oil that eases breathing by helping to reduce uncomfortable, dried build-up in the nostrils while it lubricates dry and tender nasal passages.[7]

These products may not be right for you. Always read and follow the labels. 

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[1] Cleveland Clinic

[2] How to relieve nasal dryness at home
By Steven Kmucha, MD | Otolaryngologist

[3] New York ENT Advanced Center for Specialty Care

[4] Rhinaris Nasal Care
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[5] Rhinaris Nasal Mist
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[6] Rhinaris Nasal Gel
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[7] Rhinaris Nozoil® Nasal Spray
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