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In addition to humidifying and warming the air you breathe, your nose acts as a filter that protects your respiratory system from germs, dust and other airborne particles. However, for it to carry out its duties effectively, your nose needs to be well moisturized. Does your nose itch or burn? Is it stuffed up in the morning? Do you sneeze all the time or experience frequent nosebleeds? Then odds are you have a dry nose. Here are a few tips to improve the situation.

A dry nose can be caused by a variety of factors, including dry air, cigarette smoke, indoor heating, air conditioning, various chemical products (varnish, cleaning products, air fresheners, etc.), dust and allergies.

To take care of your nose:

• Keep humidity levels at home between 30 and 50 percent.

• Don’t overheat your home or overuse the air conditioner.

• Clean on a regular basis to prevent dust from collecting.

• Air out the house every day.

• Clean your nose every day with a saline solution. Ask your pharmacist about it.

• Use a nasal lubricant, as required, to relieve irritation.

• Wear a mask whenever you’re in contact with respiratory irritants (when sanding furniture, using chemical products, etc.).

• Avoid smoking and, if possible, exposing yourself to second-hand smoke.

If the problem persists despite your efforts, see your doctor.

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