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   Posted 1/27/2014 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I just got this for the 1st time early this AM, while sleeping. Started with a sneeze and a blowing of the nose and then there was this tickle, like a hair or a bug or ???. I am a 50 YO female and this is making me nuts! My eye is tearing constantly (it has been 8 hrs now) and I sneeze and sneeze. I have tried vicks up my nostril and that gave me some temp relief but as soon as I blow my nose then, well, there goes the vicks coating. I am ELATED to see that I am not alone with this but, in the meantime, this is the most irritating problem I've had since I can remember...other than my husband's singing...HELP!

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   Posted 1/28/2014 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell,
It sounds like you have something irritating your nose; I would guess you have an allergy or an irritant. Remember I am not a physician.
You may try Benadryl (if your not sensitive or allergic to it) and see if that helps, if it does it's most likely an  allergy - Benadryl blocks the histamine reaction. You may also  try using a saline nasal spray, it's just salt water but it helps to flush out any irritants that may be in there. It helps to lubricate your nose so it doesn't dry out and you can use it as often as you need it. 
If you feel it is not going to stop after trying a few things, do call you clinic and ask to talk with the triage nurse.
Good Luck,
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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/6/2014 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a very long thread about this subject on this site, but it got locked due to the length of the thread. I too have had this problem in the past. After reading the other threads on this subject, I have an idea about what's going on. I think what everyone is experiencing is the healing process of a crack/cut/irritation in the skin due to dryness. And because it is in such a sensitive area, it causes maddening, itchy discomfort. Almost everyone that has complained about this issue on this site either (1) uses a CPAP machine and wakes up with the problem, or (2) has a deviated septum and experiences the problem randomly, or (3) experiences this problem after running or vigorous exercise. All three of these senarios have increased air flow though the nostril(s) which causes the area to dry and crack. Most people report this happening in only one nostril, I think this is due to them having a dominant side that they breath through. I would assume this could also happen to someone that lives in a very dry environment. I used to experience this problem often and it all started when I began using my CPAP machine to sleep with. Like a lot of people on this site, I experienced some relief when using a rolled up tissue plug in my nostril to stop the air flow. One day I noticed a tiny blood dot on the tissue when I pulled it out, which hinted towards a cut. Ever since then, I started using my humidifier in my CPAP, and I haven't had the problem since. So I think the answer is preventative moisturizing. If you use a CPAP, use your humidifier. If you have the problem when running, use quite a bit of salene before and after running. If you have a deviated septum, use salene throughout the day and sleep with a humidifier. This may not work for everyone, but it worked for me.

Post Edited (Ray1234) : 5/6/2014 8:36:22 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/29/2014 3:30 AM (GMT -6)   
the previous thread on this was ( and provided some good insights. I have been suffering from this problem for the last year and a half. Some clear trends that I have identified so far are:

1. It is triggered immediately when I am feeling too hot and the body starts to sweat.
2. Due to dry and cold weather in winters.
3. It starts off in my left nostril (I am right handed) but may not be contained there only

I have tried taking in steam and mentholated OTC products but they provide temporary relief. Am just concerned if this has to do with nerves. The reason provided by Ray1234 also looks plausible.

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