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Dry nose is as common as the discomfort it causes. Find out what causes it and counter the problem, so you can breathe easier!
The nose is the only part of the respiratory system that is visible externally. Sometimes mythical (like that of the Sphinx or of Cleopatra of Egypt), sometimes the source of complexes, the nose sits in the middle of the face and is difficult to ignore. The nose has several important functions:
The nasal membrane acts as a barrier against outside aggressors. If it is not sufficiently hydrated, it cannot function effectively. Therefore, nasal dryness represents a threat to the proper functioning of the nose and to health.
It is quite common for nasal dryness to be accompanied by some of the following signs and symptoms:
A dry and irritated nose can occur at any time of the year, but winter is especially conducive to it. Drying of the mucous membrane increases the risk of the passage of germs that can cause respiratory infections such as cold, flu or sinusitis.
Nasal dryness can be due to various factors:
It is possible to prevent or ease nasal dryness using simple and accessible measures. Here are a few tips.
If, despite taking all these measures to counter a dry nose problem you have not obtained the expected outcome, you should consider seeing a doctor, who can assess the situation and determine the causes and the possible treatment options.
Don't hesitate to speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about nasal dryness and nose care.
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