20 Apr Could your dry nose be causing your infection?
We’ve all heard the saying that the sign of a healthy dog is a wet nose, well that’s also the case for humans. Did you know that persistent dry nose and sinuses can make you more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections? Yes, it’s true. Not only is a dry nose uncomfortable, but our nose and nasal passages are among the body’s first lines of defense against viral and bacterial infections.
Our noses are built to defend our body from germs and infections and are lined with a mucous membrane, which consists of small hairs called cilia. These cilia beat rhythmically to sweep and clean our sinuses. But when mucous membranes inside our nose dry out the cilia are unable to efficiently and remove trapped infectious mucus, pus, and debris causing viruses and bacteria to enter the body through the nasal passage.
People who suffer from persistent dry nose and sinuses experience stuffiness, sinus pains or pressure, nose bleeds, headaches, and sore throat. In severe cases, a persistent dry nose when untreated causes infection and requires antibiotics.
Dry sinuses and a dry nose can result from pollen and mold allergies, pets, exposure to dry air (especially in the winter), harsh chemical and environmental irritants, and chronic dehydration.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications formulated to dry out excess mucus such as antihistamines and decongestants also dry out the nasal passages and sinus tissues.
Patients with Sjögren syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that prevents the body from creating enough moisture, tend to have a dry nose in addition to symptoms such as dry eyes and dry mouth.
Here are four ways to prevent dry nose.
Proper hydration is one of the best ways to prevent dry nose. Mucous membranes in the nose do a much better job of trapping and disposing of viruses and bacteria when they are moist. Hydrus’ nanosome electrolyte delivery system is one of the most effective ways to hydrate your entire body. Hydrus’s nanonsome formula enables electrolytes and water to be absorbed into the body immediately. Studies have found that Hydrus delivers nearly 50% greater water and electrolyte absorption than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) oral rehydration standard. Drinking sugary beverages and alcohol can make your dry nose worse since they cause dehydration. Hydrus is formulated to increase absorption and is sweetened with Stevia. Hydrus contains electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride) and Phosphatidylcholine. These electrolytes are the same substances found in human cells and enable faster absorption.
Lack of Humidity.
The lack of humidity in the air we breathe can also causes dry nose and dry sinuses. Heating sources such as gas forced heat and space heaters can cause the air in your home and office to become dry. This is why people often experience nose bleeds during winter months.
According to experts , keeping the humidity level in your home or office around 40% is ideal for preventing dry nose and dry sinuses. It’s important to note that too much humidity can also cause problems such as exposure to dust mites and mold. You can use a humidifier to keep the air from getting too dry, and experts also recommend taking hot showers and inhaling the steam.
Harmful chemical and allergens.
It’s also essential to remove allergens and irritants from your environment as possible. Chemical products such as household cleaning products, cigarette smoke, paint and varnishes and even strong perfumes can cause dry noses and increase our risk of infection. It’s best to try to use a product that is made of natural ingredients.
Allergy testing and Medications
If you suffer from persistent dry nose and dry sinuses, experts recommend that you take an allergy test to identify which allergens are causing your symptoms. You should also talk with your doctor about any side effects from medications such as antihistamines, which may be drying out your sinuses and consider alternative adjust or change your prescription.