Dr. Robert Bodlaj | Practice for Ears-Nose-Throat Medicine
A dry nose may indicate Empty Nose Syndrome if you have previously undergone septum correction surgery or nasal turbinate reduction.
Empty Nose Syndrome is a postoperative condition.
Patients describe the feeling of having a dry, empty nose accompanied by shortness of breath, even though the nose is completely clear and open. The patient has the sensation of too much air flowing in and too little resistance inside the nose. These symptoms often improve when the nasal mucosa swell up due to a common cold.
Dry nose – what should I do?
There are various therapeutic measures to relieve the symptoms of dry nose due to Empty Nose Syndrome:
- daily nasal rinses and sea salt inhalation
- saltwater nasal sprays
- drinking plenty of fluids, while avoiding drinks containing caffeine
- taking mucolytic drugs (e.g. GeloMyrtol)
- use of humidifiers, especially in the bedroom and workspace
- CPAP sleep mask with humidifier
- avoiding environmental conditions that dry out the nasal mucosa
- spending time in areas that have a beneficial effect on the nasal mucosa (e.g. a maritime climate)
- improving bacterial flora by using Symbioflor1 drops in the nose daily
- low-fermentation diet
- a generally healthy, active lifestyle