What's Going Around: Nasal Irritation

April 9, 2012

High pollen counts are proving to be a major problem for people with allergies. Dr. Alex Schult, a Pulmonologist at Martha Jefferson Hospital, says he's seeing more and more people complaining of nasal irritation.

Symptoms include dry nose, itching, nose bleeds, runny nose, congestion and cough. Anyone can be affected, but Dr. Schult says it's usually the result of viral infections, smoking, cold air, dust, nose picking or overuse of nasal decongestant sprays. The symptoms typically last less than a week.

Treatment can be as simple as a salt water solution, but in more severe cases a medicated spray may be needed. Dr. Schult warns you should never use Vaseline in the nose because it can lead to a more serious condition in the lungs.

As a reminder, Dr. Schult says mild to moderate exercise may help open your nasal passages when you have a cold or allergies, but you should not exercise if your symptoms are below the neck, such as a chest cold or upset stomach.

Also don't exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or muscle aches.


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