If you’re the type that always seems to have dry nostrils and nasal passages – even when you’re probably hydrated – it can be a bit frustrating. There are non-steroidal gels and sprays you can use to temporarily relieve the symptoms (which can include itchiness and irritation or even nosebleeds), but chronic dry nose may point to other problems.
These possible health woes can range from needing to change your diet or environment, or can be indicators of actual disorders that should be diagnosed by a medical professional. So if a dry nose constantly bothers you, here are seven possible causes to consider…
1. Sjogren’s Syndrome
This is considered a chronic disease that has been linked to dry nose, eyes and mouth. While it’s not considered life-threatening, it does cause “your immune system to go haywire and attack healthy cells instead of invading bacteria or viruses,” says WebMD, meaning it falls into the autoimmune disease category.
With this disease, the white blood cells responsible for attacking germs turn on your glands responsible for maintaining proper moisture of your nose and other areas. In fact, those with Sjogren’s often can’t produce tears or saliva. Swollen glands and stiff joints are other symptoms of this disease, adds the source.