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What Should I Do if My Nose Becomes Dry?

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Updated May 13, 2014

Question: What Should I Do if My Nose Becomes Dry?
Answer: Because of the potential, drying effects of supplemental oxygen, CPAP or BiPAP, experiencing irritation, dryness and cracking of the nose is fairly common. Here are a few products you may want to have on hand to prevent this from happening:

Nasal Saline Spray

The benefits of nasal saline spray are numerous. A natural alternative to medication, it helps moisten the nasal passages, relives congestion and can be used to irrigate the sinuses. It is a great option for those who want an inexpensive alternative to medication without the risk of side effects.

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Water Based Lubricant

Water-based lubricants help prevent dryness, irritation and cracking of the nose commonly associated with supplemental oxygen therapy, BiPap and CPAP.

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Oxygen Humidifier

Although, according to Chest, the routine use of humidified oxygen is not justifiable, the practice has long been thought to improve comfort for patients wearing a nasal cannula. Aside from the cost of purchasing an oxygen humidifier and the time it takes to manage one, they are generally considered safe to use. The decision to use one should be discussed with your doctor and is often a matter of personal preference.

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Source: Campbell, E. Baker, M. and Crites-Silver, P. Subjective effects of humidification of oxygen for delivery by nasal cannula. A prospective study. CHEST February 1988 vol. 93 no. 2 289-293.

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