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DanaJ
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posted 08-03-2003 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DanaJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lately my nasal passage has been very dry and sore. I've noticed that very frequently I have, for lack of better words, very hard crusty boogers that are attached to the inside of my nose. I can't get them out through blowing, as it hurts greatly. As a last resort I tried picking(in private of course). It's still very sore, and they are attached pretty good. If they do come loose, they seem to be somewhat bloody, and the area where they were starts to bleed and it's all around painful.
Not long after I clean out the area, it fills up again it seems, and the cycle repeats.
My partner seems to think it has to do with the ungodly humidity here. I don't know for sure. I have air conditioning, and even when I don't go outside, it still happens.
Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.

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posted 08-04-2003 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mlgable     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You need to keep your nasal passages lubricated by using vaseline aka petroleum jelly in the nares several times a day. Also be sure to use a saline nasal spray to help keep things moist. If you use both of these several times a day it will definately help. Also be sure you house has plenty of humidity to by use a humidifier if necessary. Just because you have air conditioning doesn't mean you have enough humidity.

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posted 08-04-2003 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DanaJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mlgable:
You need to keep your nasal passages lubricated by using vaseline aka petroleum jelly in the nares several times a day. Also be sure to use a saline nasal spray to help keep things moist. If you use both of these several times a day it will definately help. Also be sure you house has plenty of humidity to by use a humidifier if necessary. Just because you have air conditioning doesn't mean you have enough humidity.

I've never had this problem before. Here it's unbelievably humid, to the extent of being unbearable.
My room is the only air conditioned area of the house. All other areas have the hightest amount of humidity you could ever imagine.
I do have saline spray somewhere, or at least I used to for the rare occasion when I needed it for other reasons. How long will this last? I know it;s hard to say since I'm not entirely sure of the cause. I just don't want to have to depend on the saline etc for relief for long periods of time.

Thanks for the help though, it was greatly appreciated!

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posted 08-04-2003 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mlgable     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The saline is not habit forming and you can use it forever without any problems. The vaseline is also something you can use forever too. Until you get your nares free of the crusts you have they most likely won't heal. Use the vaseline and saline spray. If you have had your saline spray for quite a while pitch it and buy a new bottle or make your own after you thoroughly clean the current container.

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posted 08-04-2003 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DanaJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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The saline is not habit forming and you can use it forever without any problems. The vaseline is also something you can use forever too. Until you get your nares free of the crusts you have they most likely won't heal. Use the vaseline and saline spray. If you have had your saline spray for quite a while pitch it and buy a new bottle or make your own after you thoroughly clean the current container.

I realize that the saline is not habit forming. I was just concerned b/c this pretty much came out of nowhere. If I use the saline etc, how long will it take to heal? It should eventually go back to normal, right?

I had a saline nasal spray before. I also have saline solution for my contacts. So obtaining the solution it won't be a problem. If I still have the container for the nasal spray, I'll thoroughly wash it before filling it.

Thanks again.

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posted 08-05-2003 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Deirdre     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I get the same and it's usually a coldsore inside my nose so when you pick it you pull the dried scab of and the cycle starts all over again. I put Zorviax cream on it.

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posted 08-05-2003 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mlgable     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The saline spray will not take care of the current scabs you have. You will need to use the vaseline to lubricate the nasal passages and help heal the the crusty sores you do have now. You also need to not pick at them so they have a chance to heal. I know this is hard to do but this was the advice given to my husband from an ENT doc he saw for his problem last winter. The first thing the doc told him was lots of vaseline which is what I had been telling him for years. Also do not use your contact solution for a nasal spray. Buy a new bottle of spray or make you own following directions you can find on the web. The cause of your problem can be anything from allergies to sinus problems or even just plain irritated nasal passages from excees blowing of your nose to dry passages.

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posted 08-06-2003 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dmhealth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually there is a product that I like much more than vaseline. It is called Ayr Saline Nasal Gel. This has the same effect as vaseline but is not as messy. I also tend to think that vaseline holds in germs. Good luck!

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