dry nose.....can't sleep

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   Posted 1/31/2013 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for coping with this. My nose gets so dry at night that it burns to breathe, and I get congested so I can't breathe. I wake up and can't get back to sleep.

I tried a humidifier, and it really didn't help. Things got worse, since I got more congested.

Also tried saline nasal spray (doesn't last long) and a lubricant in my nostrils....no help. I have to get through 2-3 more months of this dryness, and I have no idea how I'm going to make it.

I am staying hydrated, so am not dehydrated at all.

I'm sooooooo tired, but I can't sleep since I can't breathe.

I do have an appointment with my PCP this afternoon, so I'll bring this up. Just miserable right now.

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   Posted 2/1/2013 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I have sjorgrens and it effects my nose as well as my mouth and eyes. My Dr. prescribes a streroid nose spray as well as reg nose spray and it works for me. I also use a humidifier.
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   Posted 2/2/2013 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sayyadina. My ENT recommended that I rub antibiotic oitment inside my nose. If that doesn't help you might try an antibiotic cream. A little nasal decongestant spray might help, but of course stay away from antihistamines which will dry you even more. I sure hope you get some relief (and sleep) soon. Love, Butterflake

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   Posted 2/7/2013 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sayyadina. I thought of something else. I have a small device called  a rhino wash which my ENT made me buy. I don't use it like I should, but bet I'd feel much better it I did. You pour a small amount of sterile saline into it and breath in to clear the sinuses. Just a thought. Love, Butterflake

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   Posted 2/22/2013 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Creative solution! Glad you found something that helps, sorry it has to be so drastic.
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   Posted 2/28/2013 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried just the normal saline someone suggested for the nose and it helps to. Thanks to whomever suggested it.
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   Posted 3/23/2013 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
One of the first things I noticed many years ago was that the outer wall of my nose would collapse at night when I lay on my side. Right side, left nostril collapsed and vice versa. After going through the Sjogren's clinic at a major university in my home state (their program is one of 4 government funded Sjogren's studies) I was prescribed Sinus Cones by one of the study physicians.I say prescribed but they are not a prescription. Just something their doctor heartily suggests to her patients with this problem.

I have a very dry nostrils and when I lie down they do collapse and there just isn't any room to breathe. I sleep every night with the nose cones. Just something that helps me a lot.

Blessings . . .

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   Posted 2/8/2017 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello-I just signed up for this forum to answer this question. You most likely do not have Sjogren's Syndrome. It is more likely that you have rhinitis. This is usually caused when weather conditions become dry, or by indoor allergies (there are two types of rhinitis). It sounds like yours is caused by the dryness in your home? If you have the allergic type, wash you bedding lots (dust mites cause big issues, especially in your duvet and its cover).
I get symptoms of this in the winter because the heat dries out the house. I purchased a diffuser. A diffuser blows cold moist air, versus a vaporizer which blows warm moist air. Cold air vapor is better for you, and most diffusers make negative ions which help clean the air in your home. Buy one which holds 500 ml, or you will be filling it constantly. I bought two diffusers. One for my bedroom, and one in the Living room. Amazon had them cheap.
Secondly, I tried all of those nasal sprays, they dry you out more. What you need to purchase is a nasal spray which has 100% natural sesame seed oil. Use this spray three times a day, and it will help with your dry nose. Also, drink lots of water, avoid alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, and things like ibuprofen, as they all act to dry you out more.
I suffer from this as well. It sucks. If you can't afford diffusers, in the very least try the sesame seed nasal spray. I think that will help you significantly. Take care.

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   Posted 3/12/2017 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Ayr makes a nasal gel. It works great.
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