What are some causes of dry nasal passages?,

  1. Seasonal Allergies: Allergic rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) can irritate the sinuses, leading to dry and inflamed nasal tissues. Pollen, blooming plants, grasses, trees, and mold are common triggers for seasonal allergies1.
  2. Pet Allergies: If you have pets (such as dogs or cats), their dander might contribute to dry nasal passages. Allergy testing can help determine if your pet is causing the issue1.
  3. Antihistamines and Decongestants: Over-the-counter and prescription medications designed to dry out excess mucus can also affect the nasal passages. Antihistamines and decongestants are common culprits1.
  4. Dry Air and Low Humidity: Living in a dry, arid geographic region or exposure to dry air during colder months can lead to dry sinuses and throat. Similarly, flying often or spending time in environments with low humidity can contribute to nasal dryness2.
  5. Medications: Certain medications, including alpha agonists, decongestants, and nasal sprays, can cause dryness in the nasal passages3.
  6. Autoimmune Conditions: Dry nasal passages can sometimes be a symptom of autoimmune conditions3.

Healthcare Professionals discuss Nasal Dryness