When the inside of the nose is dry, it can cause nosebleeds, or just be really uncomfortable. It can even be painful. There are a few reasons that an older adult may experience nasal dryness. It can be that the air in the home is just too dry. Or, nasal dryness can occur because of a cold or allergies. Whatever the cause, when the problem isn’t remedied, it may lead to feelings of itchiness, congestion, and a burning sensation. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done at home to reduce nasal dryness. Here are 5 things to try.
#1 Run a Humidifier
When the environment is too dry, the older adult is breathing in dry air, making the inside of their nose dry, too. Running a humidifier in the home adds moisture to the air. Humidity levels should be kept at between 30 and 50 percent. Humidity levels higher than 50 percent can encourage mold to grow in the home.
An elderly care provider can help by filling the humidifier with water as needed. They can also clean the humidifier every day to ensure that mold and bacteria do not grow in it.
#2 Use Petroleum Jelly
Applying petroleum jelly to the inside of the nose can help keep it moisturized. While this method is generally considered safe, it should not be used too often as it can lead to lung problems.
An elderly care provider can monitor how often the older adult is using petroleum jelly to ensure they aren’t doing it too often.
#3 Inhale Steam
Breathing in steam from a hot shower or a bowl of hot water can provide temporary relief for dry nasal passages.
An elderly care provider can help the older adult to sit comfortably in the bathroom while the shower is running. They can also prepare a bowl of hot water for the senior to inhale steam from.
#4 Drink More Water
Not drinking enough water causes tissues in the body to dry out, including in the nose. Older adults may be able to prevent nasal dryness by drinking more water throughout the day.
Elderly care providers can offer the senior several drinks throughout the day or encourage them to keep a water bottle with them at all times.
#5 Damp Wipes
Use a moistened tissue or a baby wipe to gently wipe the inside of the older adult’s nose to help hydrate the tissues.
An elderly care provider can perform this step for older adults who are unable to do so for themselves.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Laurel, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.