What causes nasal dryness?
The most common culprits are environmental, either in the home or outdoors – things like dust, pollen and pet dander and pollution. Dry winter temperatures and heating can cause it, as can summer air conditioning, which robs the air of humidity. Certain medications can cause nasal dryness, as can some medical conditions.
When to see your doctor:
- You have signs of a sinus infection: a high fever, pain in your sinus areas, a bad taste in your mouth and post-nasal drip, or a yellow or green discharge when you blow your nose
- Your symptoms have not improved after 10 days
- Dryness persists or becomes painful
- You received a blow to the head or face, especially if there is clear fluid or blood coming from your nose
For children under 2 months with nasal congestion:
Children under two months old should be seen by a doctor if they are congested and have a fever, are unable to nurse or take a bottle, or have trouble breathing.
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